October 2007 Vol. 11 No. 10   
 Editor: Dr. Lonnie Lowery

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Part II: Where is Exercise Physiology Headed?
Lonnie Lowery, PhD, MS, RD, LD

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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 ASEP-newsletter's parent web site!
-Lonnie Lowery, ASEP-Newsletter Editor

Editor's Corner
Lonnie Lowery, PhD, MA, MS, RD, LD
ASEPnewsletter Editor, ASEP Board of Directors
ASEP President, 2007-2008

Where is Exercise Physiology Headed? Part II

This month I'm again following through with my editorial last month regarding the points on which I believe ASEP should focus. The second of the categories is:

2.) Partnership

As Last month we discussed a serious need to expand membership. Recognition, after all, requires a certain "critical mass."  This is not just true of individuals. Creating awareness and recognition among other professional groups should be one of ASEP's priorities. The strength of ASEP-accredited preparation creates competence within a scope of practice that is unique and complimentary to other professions.

Here is a list, in no particular order, which I personally think we should reach out to:

American Counseling Association (ACA)

American Psychological Association (APA)

American Medical Association (AMA)

American Nurses Association (ANA)

            ...and relevant subgroups

National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA)

American Chiropractic Association (ACA)

Sports Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutritionists (SCAN)

International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN)

American College of Nutrition (ACN)

National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)

American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

Various Coaching Associations

Various personal trainers' organizations


As we flesh out our Partnership committee, here in the ASEP, we will explore ways in which we might work together with groups like those listed above. Examples may include specialty subgroups, taskforces, reciprocal representation on governing bodies (boards of directors), some level of cross-certification and/or reciprocated presence at national meetings.  The important thing in today's capitalistic, competitive healthcare and wellness environment is that we educate others on the necessity of including exercise physiology beyond a self-endowed ("in-house") certificate. Professional organizations must find respect for one another's rigorous preparation. That is, without developments like referral guidelines, interdisciplinary co-certifications and structured communication, we risk a society where four-hour workshops or certificates weakly replace four years of accredited university preparation in the "crossover" discipline.  


All of this is meant in the most positive of ways.  As ASEP educates - and learns from - other health-related associations through our partnership efforts, exercise physiology gains awareness and respect. My challenge, then, is to you - any EPs or like-minded professionals reading this Newsletter: Step up and volunteer to sit on our Partnership Committee. Just let me know: Lonman7@hotmail.com.

Yours in health,
Dr. Lonnie M. Lowery,
Editor, ASEP-Newsletter
President, ASEP 

Your Inside Scoop on Tough Questions

Ask the Exercise Physiologist (EP) is intended for informational purposes only. It is
not to be taken as healthcare advice. Please do not submit questions of a personal nature (e.g., fitness programs and nutrition advice solicitation). Thanks.

QUESTION:      Why is licensure important for the Exercise Physiologist?  

The EP Answer
by Jonathan Mike, MS, CSCS,
Answer:  I'm going to share some facts and personal perceptions/ opinions here. Unfortunately today, exercise physiologists are not generally licensed, nor are they uniformly certified. Therefore, individuals who have completed some form of training can call themselves a specialist, expert, etc. So, how do clients/patients know who is credible?
Providing a license will help protect the public. Theoretically, state licensure will validate that EPs have acquired the knowledge for ensuring safety. A licensure exam would eliminate the unqualified and protect consumers against harm. Although this sounds simple, there are inherent problems. One problem is that academic programs around the nation vary so greatly there is no standard. So, in order to reach a completely professional status, a standard set of course work (a.k.a. accreditation Ed.) would logically include hands on experiences in anatomy, kinesiology/ biomechanics, and exercise physiology labs, and internship hours in actual practice must be required in order for one to become licensed. Licensure will not only protect the public from meaningless credentials, but also provide other clinicians with proof that professional responsibilities have been accomplished successfully. This should result in greater respect for the profession.

So why hasn't this happened yet?  From my perspective, it's disorder. There is a lack of conformity in academics, organizations, requirements, and job advancements. Most professors at the university level have a PhD and are involved in education and research although, those who chose to work in their field have a very different view - and job description - as an exercise physiologist. 

There is a great need for EP's in both the clinical and community realm in today's world. The licensure of EPs will be a step toward emphasizing their importance in a society suffering from obesity and health related diseases. To me, EPs can be especially useful in terms of prevention in schools, hospitals, corporations, health/wellness facilities, or community settings. Proper exercise education and reinforcement of behaviors may be the key to helping America become active. As a doctoral student and aspiring EP, I feel that diet and exercise go hand in hand. Once EPs gain the proper professional status, their education and resources may be the answer we need to help improve America's health. In my opinion, I agree that EPs need licensure to establish and broaden their scope of practice, gain more respect and credibility, and become standardized and recognized. 
~Jonathan Mike MS, CSCS, NSCA-CPT

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