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Issue: #9 September 2008
Dear Colleague...

Thank you for being part of our community. ASEP is the specific voice for (historically under-represented) Exercise Physiologists. Please use this Newsletter as a link to ASEP resources from scientific journals to professional papers, to employment and related opportunities. And be sure to click on "More On Us" at the left for the ASEPNewsletter's parent web site!
-Lonnie Lowery, ASEP-Newsletter Editor 
 ASEP Board Member's Commentary

editorialBoard Certification (EPC): Center Stage in the Proactive Health Model 
"Whoa, not all at once!" was my reaction as the resumes rolled in for the job openings I posted on the ASEP webpage in the early part of 2008. I wasn't surprised by the volume of resumes and questions I received. To be honest, I wasn't even surprised at how many applicants were not EPC credentialed. It appears that ASEP enjoys a large following and readership of people with very diverse educational backgrounds and I think this is great! There was one thing that did give me pause.
I had indicated a requirement for the EPC credential in the job posting and many of the respondents indicated they would consider sitting for the EPC exam if/when they were offered the job. This made me think. 
I can fully understand the pressures of job searching, especially for students coming into the field for their first job, but I didn't have one instance where an individual asked me why the EPC credential was required and only one asked what it entailed. It left me wondering if the people that were applying for my positions view the EPC credential as just another hoop that is as random as the rest of the commonly seen requirements. I started to look back in my own career and realized that my first position with the U.S. Air Force required one of the certifications from the American College of Sports Medicine. I completed it as a condition of my employment and I suppose that happens a lot. So, what can I tell you in this Newsletter editorial that might help you better understand ASEP and the EPC credential?
  1. I believe the American population is in a health crisis.I believe the medical treatment model is in serious trouble.
  2. I believe the fitness industry is too large, too commercialized, and too resistive to the idea of a consolidated authority to coordinate or endorse such an entity.
  3. I believe that Exercise Physiologists, as educated under the ASEP accredited curriculum and certified by the EPC credential, have the most complete and well-rounded foundation of knowledge, skills, and abilities and serve the newest industry of accredited healthcare professionals without being a part of the reactive medical treatment model. 
  4. I believe that other established professionals that argue the EPC scope of practice is part of their own are guilty of negligence by willfully failing to administer those services to the public with their past and current service provision models.
  5. I believe that EPCs are the cornerstone of a new Proactive Health Model that will bridge the gap between the reactive medical treatment model and the epidemic of preventable diseases in the American public while salvaging our use of the disorganized fitness industry.
  6. I believe there is room for specialization in the form of other interests, specific certifications and credentials that are valuable as additions to the base of a standardized Exercise Physiology degree. 
  7. I believe many college and university departments will only change to an accredited EP program when there are no viable employment opportunities for their graduates, compared to growing demand for accredited graduates.   
  8. I believe that demand creates supply: no demand, no need to supply.
  9. I believe that EPCs will surpass all other fitness professionals with increased job opportunities and increasing salary potentials in the next 5 years. 
In my own career as an Exercise Physiologist, I sat for and passed the first offering of the EPC exam with no external expectation or requirement for doing so. I used to think this was an important distinction as it related to my own self-actualization. I think this idea might still be valid in rationalizing voluntary involvement in ASEP and gaining the EPC credential. However, the reality may be that those who belonged to the organization and have completed the credential without the promise of an immediate benefit or to secure employment still did so because we had to.

In recognizing what was needed to move forward, the founders had to create the organization and the new members had to create the board certification and now we all have to attain that credential in order to continue our forward momentum.  We are transitioning now to a time when the credential will become more recognized and more often required for employment, but I think we would do well to remember that we do this for ourselves and our profession as much as we would do it to qualify for any job! At least that's what I'd like to hear applicants say when I ask them about their thoughts on the EPC credential.
From my previous experience in the medical treatment model I was keenly aware of what "board certification" from an exclusive organization meant, so I began to develop a plan for moving myself (as a board certified exercise physiologist) into the wide-open opportunity.  And for the sake of your time, just know that eventually I left the security of federal employment and after a lot of hard work and dedication, was able to launch my own company. Much of the confidence and drive that I have are attributable to my ASEP member status and EPC credential.
I decided to build a company that serves as a model for an emerging industry that engages the efforts of professional Exercise Physiologists to address and affect the epidemic of preventable diseases and defray their otherwise inevitable costs; sounds easy, right?  Regardless of difficulty, it is the demand that must be met. It is the response to the needs of our citizens and to a wider extent our government and even the economy of our country.
Beyond the business ideas, there is the larger responsibility we have to society. I mentioned the Proactive Health Model in the points above and I may have other opportunities to write more about that, but for now it is important that readers and followers of ASEP understand that by our existence we have a responsibility to move forward with what we believe to be necessary and worthwhile. We have developed a new profession where we use the 100+ years worth of research knowledge to provide professional exercise physiology services to the public that is more than cardiac rehabilitation or another health club employee or one more personal training studio. This new Proactive Health Model will bridge the gap between the medical treatment model as it exists today and the everyday chaos that is the fitness industry. As it grows, it will require massive numbers of individuals with the professional EPC credential and the opportunities are going to be shocking. 
Like those before you, whether you are an individual considering the EPC exam or an Exercise Science Department Chair considering program accreditation, your decision is one of proaction now or reaction later.  Almost ironically, the parallels of acting now or reacting later can be compared to the consequences of preventing disease now or treating disease later; neither are by nature easy, but there is no question which is more desirable. 

If you'd like to contact me about this article or any topic really, you can email me at .
Shane Paulson, MA, EPC
Ask the EP
Q.) With Resistance Training, you always hear about training for muscle hypertrophy, which has specific training protocols. However, what is the physiology of muscle hypertrophy, and how does this occur? 

A.) The physiology of skeletal muscle hypertrophy involves the interaction and interplay of complex mechanisms and pathways. These complex systems affect the regulation of contributing factors such satellite cell activation, proliferation, and differentiation, immune system response and reactions, and growth factor proteins. Unfortunately, space does not allow for a comprehensive review of skeletal muscle hypertrophy, therefore, it is recommended the reader refer to the following review articles in this section for a more thorough understanding of the topic. However, what is presented below is a brief overview of these regulating factors involved with skeletal muscle hypertrophy.
Satellite cells function to facilitate growth, maintenance and repair of damaged skeletal  muscle tissue  These cells are termed satellite cells because they are located on the outer surface of the muscle fiber, in between the sarcolemma and basal lamina (uppermost layer of the basement membrane) of the muscle fiber. Satellite cells have one nucleus, with constitutes most of the cell volume. Interestingly, satellite cells become activated when the muscle fiber receives any form of trauma, damage or injury, such as from resistance training overload. The satellite cells then proliferate or multiply, and the daughter cells are drawn to the damaged muscle site. They then fuse to the existing muscle fiber, donating their nuclei to the fiber, which helps to regenerate the muscle fiber. It is important to emphasize the point that this process is not creating more skeletal muscle fibers (in humans), but increasing the size and number of contractile proteins (actin and myosin) within the muscle fiber. This satellite cell activation and proliferation period lasts up to 48 hours after the trauma or shock from the resistance training session stimulus.

The immune system responds with a complex sequence of immune reactions leading to inflammation. The immune system causes a sequence of events in response to the injury of the skeletal muscle. Macrophages move to the injury site and secrete cytokines, growth factors and other substances. Cytokines are proteins which serve as the directors of the immune system. They are responsible for cell-to-cell communication. Cytokines stimulate the arrival of lymphocytes, neutrophils, monocytes, and other healer cells to the injury site to repair the injured tissue.

Growth factors are also involved with this process, which include hormones and cytokines, that are very involved in muscle hypertrophy. Growth factors stimulate the division and differentiation of a particular type of cell. In regard with skeletal muscle hypertrophy, growth factors of particular interest include insulin-like growth factor (IGF), fibroblast growth factor (FGF), and hepatocyte growth factor (HGF). These growth factors work in conjunction with each other to cause skeletal muscle hypertrophy. IGF is a hormone that is secreted by skeletal muscle. It regulates insulin metabolism and stimulates protein synthesis.  In response to progressive overload resistance exercise, IGF-I levels are substantially elevated, resulting in skeletal muscle hypertrophy. In addition, Growth hormone (GH) is a peptide hormone that stimulates IGF in skeletal muscle, promoting satellite cell activation, proliferation and differentiation. Lastly, Testosterone, can stimulate growth hormone responses in the pituitary gland, as well as increase the presence of neurotransmitters at the fiber site. Although the exact mechanism is still unknown, testosterone may have some type of regulatory effect on satellite cells.

1: Adams GR. Satellite cell proliferation and skeletal muscle hypertrophy. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab. 2006 Dec;31(6):782-90. Review.
2: Barton ER.  The ABCs of IGF-I isoforms: impact on muscle hypertrophy and implications for repair. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab. 2006 Dec;31(6):791-7. Review.
3: Folland JP, Williams AG.  The adaptations to strength training : morphological and neurological contributions to increased strength. Sports Med. 2007;37(2):145-68. Review.
4: Philippou A, Maridaki M, Halapas A, Koutsilieris M.
 The role of the insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) in skeletal muscle physiology. In Vivo. 2007 Jan-Feb;21(1):45-54. Review.
5: Joulia-Ekaza D, Cabello G.  The myostatin gene: physiology and pharmacological relevance. Curr Opin Pharmacol. 2007 Jun;7(3):310-5. 

~Jonathan Mike MS, CSCS, NSCA-CPT
 Assistant Editor, ASEP-Newsletter

Opportunities Related to Exercise Physiology
KINESIOLOGY DEPARTMENT - TENURE-TRACK POSITION. Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo, CA, is accepting applications for a full-time, academic year, tenure track, assistant professor of exercise physiology, beginning September 14, 2009....more information...

Ahrens Exercise Physiology
is looking for a part-time exercise physiologist, with possibility of full-time employment, to work in Minneapolis, MN...more information...
Fitness Center Coordinator: Mills-Peninsula Health Services is dedicated to preserving and improving the health status of our fellow residents in San Mateo County and others who seek care from us...more information...

Fitness Center Coordinator: Mills-Peninsula Health Service
 is dedicated to preserving and improving the health status of our fellow residents in San Mateo County and others who seek care from us...more information... 

Hebrew SeniorLife has an opening for a Health & Fitness Specialist. This is a part time 24-hour position (could possibly become full time 40-hour....more information...
The Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Wellness Departments of Frankford Hospitals are looking for two (2) Pool Clinical Exercise Physiologists to join their professional team with a great opportunity to work with both an inpatient and outpatient setting...more information...


is a fast-paced, dynamic, medical device company, driving a new technology to standard of care via creative people and an energetic leadership team. Ideal candidates for the CLINICAL APPLICATION SPECIALIST position in the Northern or Central NJ or NYC area will possess a BSN or Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology plus a minimum of 2 years of work experience...more information...


is a fast-paced, dynamic, medical device company, driving a new technology to standard of care via creative people and an energetic leadership team. Ideal candidates for the CLINICAL APPLICATION SPECIALIST position in the San Francisco Bay area will possess a BSN or Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology plus a minimum of 2 years of work experience...more information...

PrimeWest Health System

is hiring a Wellness Quality Coordinator/Exercise Physiologist to assist in all aspects of wellness and health promotion program development and implementation...more information...

PrimeWest Health System

is seeking exercise physiologists to provide services for a new benefit program called PrimeFitness...more information...
Professor in Exercise Physiology

Southern Methodist University
Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education & Human Development, Department of Wellness (Open Rank)

Southern Methodist University offers an exciting unique opportunity for an emerging or seasoned scholar to join in the design and implementation of a new major in Sport and Fitness Management and Promotion while developing his/her program of research.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology; a record of scholarly research; evidence of success in or strong potential for obtaining external funding; an interest and expertise in designing, equipping, and managing a new physiology of exercise laboratory; a desire to provide high quality undergraduate instruction; and a willingness to play an integral role in the growth, development, and identity of the new major program scheduled to begin in the fall semester of 2009. Preference will be given to applicants with successful post-doctoral experience; a clear research agenda; a strategy for seeking external funding; a secondary expertise in Biomechanics; an ability to work with faculty colleagues; and a commitment to teaching.

Responsibilities: The successful candidate will have a year to develop course proposals in exercise physiology, nutrition, measurement and evaluation; aerobic prescriptions leading to certifications; strength prescriptions leading to certifications; and other courses deemed appropriate in the planning of the new undergraduate major curriculum. The candidate will also be responsible for establishing a physiology of exercise laboratory planned for a new education and human development facility to open in 2010. The candidate should have outstanding interpersonal and communication skills that promote strong research and training collaborations in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.

This tenure or tenure-track position (# 53014) begins fall semester 2008. Salary is competitive and salary and rank will be commensurate with qualifications. To ensure full consideration for the position, applicants should submit their application by May 1, 2008, but the committee will continue to accept applications until the position is filled. The committee will notify applicants of its employment decision after the position is filled.

Applicants can initiate consideration by submitting a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references to: Chair of Search Committee, School of Education and Human Development, Southern Methodist University, PO Box 750382, Dallas, Texas 75275-0382

SMU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, or veteran status. SMU is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

Canyon Ranch: A World Renowned Health Resort needs Exercise Physiologists

Canyon Ranch, The Power of Possibilities, is a world-renowned health and healing resort that inspires educates and empowers both guests and staff members to live a higher quality of life. Canyon Ranch continues to lead the nation in innovative, preventive healthcare. Our recent alliance with the Cleveland Clinic has resulted in cutting edge health programs and lifestyle prescriptions for our guests.

We are currently seeking Exercise Physiologist(s) to join our word-renowned team. We currently have positions available at our Lenox, Massachusetts and Tucson, Arizona sites.

Requirements for this position include:

(1) At least two years of experience working as an Exercise Physiologist, preferably at a resort or health facility.
(2) Must possess Basic Cardiac Life Support certification.
(3) Must possess a Master's degree in Exercise Physiology.
(4) Dynamic and passionate relationship builder with excellent interpersonal skills.
(5) Ability to provide education and excitement about our programs to our guest and staff through lectures.

If you are passionate about making a difference in peoples' lives and giving them the vision to understand the "Power of Possibility" we would like to hear from you.

Canyon Ranch offers a comprehensive benefits package to include, competitive compensation, medical, dental and vision insurance, 401K, tuition assistance, full use of the facilities and more!

To apply please email your resume to:  - or send your resume to 165 Kemble Street, Lenox, MA 01240 or fax to 413-637-6908. Please indicate which property you are interested in pursuing.

Manager in the Weight Management Center
Open the door of opportunity.
Open the door to the best of both worlds: Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center offers a unique environment that combines the prestige and opportunities of a respected academic medical center with the personality and camaraderie of a community hospital.
We have an opening for a Manager, in our Weight Management Center, located at Greenspring Station in Lutherville, MD. Responsibilities include the oversight of patient weight management, a multidisciplinary team, regulatory compliance and budget.
·Bachelor's degree in allied health
·Minimum of 5 years previous experience including primary responsibility for a nutrition specialty area or managing a clinical education program
We offer our staff hands-on experience with the latest technology, a supportive work environment, and one of the best pay and benefits packages in the field, including a 403B with employer match and tuition reimbursement for you and your dependents.
With a rich history of healing and a world-famous reputation, Johns Hopkins Bayview can offer you an exciting, fulfilling career, wherever you are on your career path. Apply today at John Hopkins Bayview using Req. no. 80227
Cardio-Pulmonary Rehab Position
Montgomery General Hospital is a community oriented hospital located in the Olney, MD. We currently have an opening for an Exercise Physiologist in the Cardio-Pulmonary Rehab Program
This position is responsible for the assessment, direction and supervision of participants in the Cardio-Pulmonary Rehab Program. Identifies patient educational needs and provides education/resources to participant regarding disease process, prevention, discharge planning and health maintenance.
Qualification: MS in Exercise Physiology, CRP Certification, ACLS certification, ACSM Exercise specialist or Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist (RCEP) preferred. Three years clinical exercise physiology experience preferred.
Please check us out at Montgomery General Hospital and fill out an application online or contact Vivian Hsia at
Full-time Exercise Physiologist Positions
PhysioLogic Human Performance Systems, LLC. (PHPS) is accepting applications for (2) full-time, salaried Exercise Physiologist positions. Individuals selected will be dependable, swift, and organized.

This is professional work that is unique, stimulating, independent, and important to the daily operations of our client facilities. Daily travel is required by personal vehicle with travel expenses paid.

EPC Board Certification required. Applicants without EPC credential may apply on contingency of obtaining certification within negotiated time.

Salary and benefits will be commensurate of education level and experience. These positions are time sensitive so please send your resume to: as soon as possible.

PHPS will contact all applicants to answer questions and conduct interviews...


NOTE: ASEP Board of Directors with approval of The Center for Exercise Physiology-online developed the "EPC Petition Guidelines" for doctorate exercise physiologists to become Board Certified.
Exercise Physiologist

Exercise Physiologist (Staten Island) For residential & community based prgms, plan, coord. & implmt the dvlpmt of exercise & fitness prgms for individuals w/autism & dvlpmt'l disabilities. Establish cardiovascular health & wellness prgms. Perform health related fitness tests. Resp. for meeting exercise & physical activity reqmts prescribed for each individual. Bachelors in Physical Education & Masters in Health Sci. w/a specialization in Work (Exercise) Physiology. M-F, 9-5. Resume to: Ms. Barrafato, HR Director, On Your Mark Inc, 645 Forest Ave, Staten Island, NY 10301.

Exercise Physiologist, Cardiac Rehabilitation, Part Time, Days/Flex, 40 Hours Biweekly
As the premier healthcare facility in Bucks County, PA, and its most comprehensive, we offer more as a healthcare provider and as an employer. Expect to be challenged to new levels at our exceptional facilities, including the county's only state-accredited Trauma Center, an impressive Heart Center, a regional Cancer Center, a major orthopedics program and exceptional women's services. But also expect to find greater satisfaction with our friendly environment, great benefits and inspirational setting on a beautiful 53-acre campus.
Bucks County's premier medical facility can offer you a competitive compensation package, including competitive salaries with increased rates. Full benefits after 1st month of hire, including pension plan, 403B, free parking, tuition reimbursement and on-site childcare.
Responsible for providing monitored exercise therapy and patient education for the Comprehensive Cardiac Rehabilitation program, both inpatient and outpatient.
Our successful candidate must meet the following qualifications:
· Bachelor's degree & ACSM certification as Exercise Physiologist/Exercise Specialist required
· Experience a must
· Master's degree & ACLS would be assets
To apply, please visit or contact:
Kelly Shallcross
Nurse Recruiter
Phone: 215-710-2445
Fax: 215-710-5190

Thank you for perusing our opinions, facts and opportunities in this edition of the ASEP-Newsletter.

Lonnie Lowery
American Society of Exercise Physiologists

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