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Issue: #6 June 2008
 Editor's Corner

editorialA request from a progressive exercise physiology-focused educator 

This month's ASEP-Newsletter editorial (and request) comes from Patrick McHenry, a strength coach and high school educator in Colorado.
Let me first set some background. Castle View High School in Castle Rock Colorado was opened in 2006 as a public "Academy" school "with a mission and vision of transforming the modern public high school to prepare students for success in the 21st century". At Castle View you will often hear us refer to the new three R's. In the past, that stood for reading, writing and arithmetic. Our three R's focus on relationships, relevance and rigor.(1) Students choose a pathway that allows them to focus in on a field of study "that is both relevant and interesting to individual students"; as a result they have a greater insight when choosing a college major or career. A new pathway, Bio-Science has been established for those students who aspire to go into the medical / sports science field (i.e. athletic training, physical therapy, strength & conditioning, etc.) 
The goal of our Academy is to introduce "Exercise Science": Exercise Physiology, kinesiology, biomechanics, anatomy & physiology and athletic training to students in high school instead of waiting until their sophomore or Junior years in college. Dr. Mike Stone, et al. wrote The Downfall Of Sports Science In The United States in which he contends that "In this short opinion article we hope to bring attention to what we believe is one of the failings of the educational system in the United States and a potential threat to national and international athletic performance by U.S. athletes."(2)  Dr. Stone was referring to higher education, yet it is my opinion that we should enlighten these students to the sports science field in high school so they can be focused when they go to college.
But I have a problem. Currently we offer [only] Athletic Training I / II and Anatomy & Physiology. I have been put in charge of developing an Exercise Physiology class that will be offered during the 2009 school year. I reviewed several textbooks, with the help of Human Kinetics, and have chosen "Exercise Physiology for Coaches" because of its reading level and content. 
The AP Statistics teacher and I are collaborating by having the students collect performance data (i.e. 40 yd, 10yd, 5-10-5, vertical jump, long jump, power cleans etc). We want the students to understand the importance of testing protocols, collecting data and making the data meaningful to them.
I want to ensure that our students are prepared when they go to college; this is why I am asking for ASEP members' help. I want to make sure all of the essential topics are covered when I design the curriculum map.
1.) What topics would be ideal for Exercise Physiology students to know before coming into your [university] classes?
2.) Is/ are there a specific area / areas of focus to which you would like to see high school students introduced?  
3.) What type of background information would the ideal Exercise Science or Exercise Physiology student have?
Any help or ideas would greatly be appreciated.
Patrick McHenry MA, CSCS*D
Head Strength Coach
Castle View High School
Castle Rock Colorado
1) Castle View High School Course Guide, Castle Rock Colorado, 2008.
2) Stone, M.H et al. The Downfall of Sports Science in the United States. Strength and Conditioning Journal (April 2004) Volume 26, Number 2, pages 72-75. 

Ask the EP
Q.) Can you explain the Neurophysiology of PNF Stretching? Thanks! 

A.) Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) stretching techniques involve maximal or submaximal contractions (isometric or dynamic) of target (agonist) and opposite (antagonist) muscle groups followed by a passive stretch of the target muscle. PNF practices promote movement around a series of joints in more than one plane to achieve diagonal or spiral movements, which differs to single-joint motion in a single plane, often seen in static or ballistic stretching.
Stretching typically involves afferent and efferent fibers. The afferent fibers are nerves that conduct impulses from the periphery of the body to the brain and spinal cord. The efferent fibers are nerves that carry those impulses from the central nervous system to an effecter organ or body part. Upon the actual stretch the Alpha 1 neurons from the nuclear bag, (in the muscle) are sensitive to rate of change, therefore decreasing the firing during stretch. Upon holding the stretch, the nuclear chain, which is sensitive to changes in muscle length, continue to fire during the stretch. The five step process of PNF stretching are labeled below:
1). Target muscle is stretched to endpoint
2). Put stretched muscle in a state of tension
3). Relax to a new endpoint
4). Put agonist muscle in state of contraction
5). Go to new endpoint
Neurophysiological explanations include inhibition of the spinal reflexes, such as stretch reflex and GTO's in the target muscles. These occur via decreases in muscle spindle activity discharge during slow static stretching and increased GTO activity during isometric contractions. In addition, voluntary contraction of opposing muscle groups during CRAC (contract relax agonist contraction) is best explained by reciprocal inhibition. Meaning, as the opposing muscle group is voluntarily contracted, the target muscle group is reflexively inhibited. Some explanations for reciprocal inhibition include recurrent collateral pathways from motor neurons of the opposing muscle group that inhibit interneurons that reduce the excitability of the alpha motor neurons of the target muscle, therefore blocking inhibitory input to target muscle groups. Also, the interneurons activate sensory signals of the GTO's in a target muscle group also modifying the spinal reflex pathways
Although the exact mechanisms are still unclear, PNF seems to be the best effective stretching technique for increased range of motion (ROM). This tends to have more favorable outcomes concerning activation of Golgi Tendon Organs (GTO) and muscle spindles in the target muscle group(s).

~Jonathan Mike MS, CSCS, NSCA-CPT

Opportunities Related to Exercise Physiology
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...


Assistant or Associate Professor of Exercise Physiology
Department of Exercise Physiology at The College of St. Scholastica invites applications for a tenure track faculty position, starting September 2008, at the level of Assistant Professor or Associate Professor (depending upon the candidate's credentials and experience).

Qualifications: Earned doctorate in exercise physiology or related field is required. Must have a strong commitment to teaching excellence in human anatomy (with cadaver dissection), electrocardiography, cardiac rehabilitation, and psychophysiology, and a record of publication in peer-reviewed journals.

Responsibilities: Teach exercise physiology courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, support the department's initiative with the American Society of Exercise Physiologists, supervise department internships, advise students, serve on department and college-wide committees, and engage in research and publish scientific papers.

Application information: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and academic experience. Apply online at Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. All applicants must be authorized to work in the United States at the time of an offer of employment. AA/EOE


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.

Assistant Professor of Exerecise Physiology
KINESIOLOGY DEPARTMENT, 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 8, 2008. Teach exercise physiology, sports nutrition, exercise prescription, and activity classes at the undergraduate level, and exercise physiology and research methods at the graduate level; develop and maintain research activities appropriate to academic responsibilities with external funding and occasional external validation; supervise undergraduate and graduate student research and PolyFit program. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience, within the CSU assistant professor salary range.

Required qualifications: Completed doctorate in exercise/work physiology or a related field is required at the time of appointment.

Preferred qualifications: university teaching and research experience, American College of Sports Medicine/American Society of Exercise Physiologists certification (EPC) or ACSM RCEP; American Heart Association/American Red Cross BLS/ACLS; clinical, research, grant and publication history related to obesity/metabolic syndrome/chronic cardiopulmonary/metabolic disease.

Please visit WWW.CALPOLYJOBS.ORG (search for Requisition #101451) for additional details and to complete an online faculty application; submit completed application to Requisition #101451, then follow the instructions for attaching the following documents to the online application:
(1) a curriculum vita
(2) copies of transcripts from all colleges attended (an unofficial copy of your transcripts may be submitted with this application, official transcripts with confirmation of Ph.D. will be required prior to any appointment)
(3) sample of scholarly work
(4) three current letters of reference
(5) a letter of application that includes your teaching philosophy and how that philosophy is incorporated in your teaching.

Please see online posting for instructions for mailing materials if you are unable to attach any of these to your online application.

Further department information can be found at: Kinesiology..Cal Poly State University or contact Steve Davis, Search Committee Chair,

Review of applications will begin November 26, 2007. Applications after this date may be considered.

Cal Poly is strongly committed to achieving excellence through diversity. The university actively encourages applications by all qualified individuals. EEO.



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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