Vol 3 No 10
October, 1999
ISSN 1097-9743

The ASEPNewsletter is devoted to informative articles and news itmes about exercise physiology. It is a monthly magazine of news, opinions, exercise physiology professionals, and events that shape exercise physiology. While it contains views and opinions of the Editor who oversees the ASEP Internet Websites, visitors can have a voice as well. We welcome interested practitioners, researchers, and academicians to e-mail the Publisher their thoughts and ideas or respond directly online via the ASEP Public Forum.

November 1999
AGENDA -ABSTRACTS-ASEP 2nd National Meeting in Albuquerque, NM 

As indicated last in the ASEPNewsletter last month, the Indiana Association of Exercise Physiologists Board of Directors voted to affiliate with ASEP.  The ASEP National Office has received the "Memorandum of Understanding" (otherwise known as the "Agreement") from the President of the IAEP.

 Members of the Board of the West Virginia Association of Exercise Physiologists are in discussion with the ASEP Board of Directors to consider affiliation and support of state licensure.

President's Report
  • 1999 Annual Meeting: research abstracts
  • JEPonline looks great for October!
  • Teleconference between ASEP and ACSM
  • Letter sent to ACSM
  • Intiatives with other organizations
  • To read the complete report, click on July Report, 1999.
    Student Chapters
    Interested in starting a Student Chapter at your institution, then contact Dr. Robert Robergs at 505-277-1196 or the ASEP National Office (218-723-6297).  The Student Chapter ByLaws and Constitution are on the Internet.
    Journal of Exercise Physiologyonline
    The "first-ever" exercise physiology electronic journal, Be sure to click on the October 1999 issue of JEPonline.ASEP's exercise physiology journal. There are four research articles plus selected abstracts of presentations in the upcoming meeting in Albuquerque, NM.
    ASEP Membership
    We are an organization of "297" membersand still climbing.  To become a member, print the Membership Application and forward it to the ASEP National Office, or call an ASEP representative at (218) 723-6297. Visit additional web sites for more information, click on the ASEP Table of ContentsCurrent weather at the ASEP National Office, Duluth, MN.
    Guest editorial
    The ASEPNewsletter is seeking guest editorials -- brief commentaries on a wide variety of issues. Everyone involved in: health, fitness, rehabilitation, sports, including medical, business, management, psychology, teachers, and students -- is welcome to share insights, concerns, points and counterpoints on any issue that impinges upon the exercise physiology profession.

    To contribute a guest editorial, send, FAX (218) 723-6472), or e-mail ( an essay and a brief biography. Send your contribution to:  ASEP National Office, c/o Dr. Tommy Boone, Department of Exercise Physiology, College of St. Scholastica, 1200 Kenwood Ave, Duluth, MN 55811.

    2nd Annual Meeting of ASEP  (October 14-16, 1999)
    Conference Facility
    Wyndham Hotel
    Albuquerque, NM
    Robert A. Robergs, Ph.D.,FASEP
    Conference Organizer
    President - ASEP
    Director – Center For Exercise And Applied Human Physiology
    Johnson Center, B143
    The University Of New Mexico
    Albuquerque, NM 87131-1258
    Phone: (secretary): (505) 277-2658, FAX: (505) 277-9742.
    Exercise Science Program
    University of New Mexico Student Chapter of ASEP
    The University of New Mexico

    ASEP Public Forumfor Exercise Physiologists.

    Check out the Professionalization of Exercise Physiologyonlinejournal.

    Issues, Leadership, and Hope in Exercise Physiology 
    by Tommy Boone, PhD, MPH, FASEP
    What are your thoughts about the articles?

    Interestingweb sites
    Have you run across an interesting exercise physiology site?  If you have and would like it to be posted, please let me know via my email.

    physicaltherapy manQuestion? How many flexibility exercises are necessary for an athlete (or anyone for that matter), regardless of the sport? Please forward your response to the  address.


    The ASEPNewsletter is not a refereed newsletter.  Newsletters are open-ended so as to present a diverse set of opinions.  The papers in the each issue are concerned with issues and topics that have a bearing on the professionalization of exercise physiology.  As Editor, I especially welcome articles that critically address specific features of ASEP and its efforts to develop exercise physiology.  Views that support ASEP's vision, goals, and objectives as well as views that do not provide valuable lessons for our readers.

    Submitted papers should be unpublished and non-copyrighted.  Submission of a paper will imply that it contains original unpublished work and is not submitted for publication elsewhere.  The Editor will pursue a policy of timely and meaningful review of each paper.  After the paper is accepted, the author(s) must provide the paper's final version in an electronic file on a diskette.  The paper should follow the example of published articles in the ASEPNewsletter.  The text format is flexible (regarding center headings, side flush headings, and so forth).  The reference style should conform to the style presently used in the JEPonline.

    Send all submissions to the Editor:
    ASEP National Office
    c/o Tommy Boone, PhD, MPH, FASEP
    Department of Exercise Physiology
    The College of St. Scholastica
    1200 Kenwood Ave
    Duluth, MN 55811

    Respecting the Dignity of Others
    Tommy Boone, PhD, MPH, FASEP

    “Never cease to pursue the opportunity to seek something different.  Don’t be satisfied with what you’re doing.  Always try to seek a way and a method to improve upon what you’re doing, even if it’s considered contrary to the traditions of an industry.”  Howard Marguleas
    As the 21st Century approaches, exercise physiology is undergoing significant changes.  Professionalism is now a topic of concern with significant advances made in several areas: certification, licensure, and accreditation.  We in ASEP have been part of the birth of exercise physiology as a profession.  What is old and what still exist will remain for some time to come, but business is not as usual as it once was.

    There is competition now for the exercise physiologist who can choose between sports medicine and exercise physiology.  No longer is there just sports medicine.  No longer can sports medicine ignore exercise physiologists.  Wants and needs, personally and professionally, must be managed, and that is the goal of ASEP.  No longer will there be just certification of the exercise physiology types-of-positions by sports medicine.  By October 2000, exercise physiologists can be certified by exercise physiologists as an exercise physiologist.

    Most important of all, these changes increase the chances of exercise physiologists surviving in the health, fitness, rehabilitative, and sport fields of work.  In a relatively short period of time, there will be a new breed of exercise physiology leaders.  Their vision will lead exercise physiologists into the future with increased opportunities as professionals.  The vision will set the stage for better communication among all exercise physiologists and between them and the public.

    The infrastructure is in place.  ASEP is dedicated to the involvement of exercise physiologists, professional improvement, and the satisfaction of its members and the public sector.  None of this is happening overnight, but it is happening and ASEP is rolling right past the competition.   It cannot be ignored, and increasingly, more exercise physiologists as students through the PhD degree have grown to understand ASEP’s importance.  It has produced unprecedented opportunities of satisfaction and hope.

    Exercise physiologists from around the world can see what’s happening in the United States.  It’s a very positive influence in pushing forward with increased communication and teamwork.  Coming together as exercise physiologists from around the world is the extra step in educating the public and in designing better work conditions within the public sector.  Striking images of new work possibilities are now possible.  Bright young college graduates can expect a better future as they come to understand the necessity of weaving things that are important to them with the basic needs and concerns of the public.

    Are you prepared to enter the public sector as an exercise physiologist?  Are you ready to manage your professional interests with greater ease and success?  Would you like to increase your financial value?  Are you willing to find the right graduate school to become all that is possible within you?  If so, read on.  What you read may just change your thinking about exercise physiology.

    Management or Leadership?
    Without wanting to berate sports medicine, the leaders of the organization have managed exercise physiology.  The result is that exercise physiology has just puttered along as if it ever had a chance to grow within the confines of sports medicine.  Rarely has it occurred, but once in a while, a leader within sports medicine tried to steer exercise physiology forward with its own niche of possibilities.  Predictably along the way, the idea was pushed aside.

    The almost “expert” management of exercise physiology by sports medicine leaders has kept exercise physiologists from recognizing the need to stand up and take on the responsibility of professionalism.  Sports medicine, after all, is simply doing its job and doing it very well.  The sports medicine leaders understand the importance of what exercise physiologists do (research), and they have benefited tremendously from it.  Exercise physiologists have, in other words, helped make sports medicine the valued organization that it is in the United States.

    However, what is needed in the United States is “leadership”.  Undergraduate students who are majoring in exercise science/physiology need guidance to help them achieve what they are capable of as healthcare professionals.  They need college professors with a vision for the future, and who are willing to encourage, mentor, and help establish professionalism.

    What exercise physiologists don’t need anymore is irresponsible management of exercise physiology through the sports medicine vision.  However, this isn’t going to happen real soon.  Sports medicine personalities feel that they have the right to oversee exercise physiology.  They don’t, of course.  In time the view that they have some natural prerogative of executive position over exercise physiology will disappear.  Then, only then, will effective communication take place between the two organizations.

    Fortunately, the change towards “leadership” in exercise physiology is taking place.  It is taking place with the ASEP committees; members who are working on behalf of the exercise physiologist.  Every ASEP member has the potential to move exercise physiology forward.  In fact, it will take the skills of all exercise physiologists who, in effect, will thereby become the founders of their vision and shared profession.

    Visionary leadership by “exercise physiologists for exercise physiologists” is at the gut level the right thing to do.  It is the only thing to do that makes any sense at all.  There is no retooling of exercise physiology within the sports medicine context.  Visionary leaders are those with a mental image of both the possible and the desirable future of exercise physiology.  It is about a vision of what exercise physiology ought to be, what it can be, and what it will be.  It is about establishing standards, a trusting relationship, and becoming a first-rate profession with the respect of the public.  There isn’t anything new about this.  Many other professions started with the same first steps.  It’s just that exercise physiologists have far too long avoided taking the risk of acting on shared ideas and concerns.

    Building the Organization
    Now that the infrastructure is in place, ASEP is building its membership.  Organizations get bigger across time, not all at once.  You can’t go out and pull members in by their shirt collar.  Getting the membership to sustain the vision is, in part, a function of the existing members’ dream and whatever else they believe is important to continual reinforcement of why the organization is important.

    What is generally obvious is that once an exercise physiologist becomes a member and gets involved in the ongoing metamorphosis of exercise physiology as an emerging profession, that person begins to see the vision as a way of life.  That person then becomes a living example to other exercise physiologists, which encourages them to join and get involved.  After all, ASEP is the only professional organization for exercise physiologists.  As a team of unified professionals, it seems only reasonable to conclude that all exercise physiologists increase their chances of becoming what they want to be by joining together, by taking risks, and by having the freedom to convey their thoughts and beliefs among peers who understand, trust, respect, and care about them.

    So, once again, what is the motivation for someone to get involved in ASEP.  The answer comes as no surprise.  It’s about helping yourself, as an exercise physiologist, and about helping other exercise physiologists and, thus the exercise physiology discipline as it moves toward the ranks of a profession.  That is the reason to want to belong to ASEP.  It is not about rocket science.  It is not about taking exercise physiologists from sports medicine.  It is about respect and dignity.  It is about treating the exercise physiologist as an exercise physiologist, not as a physiologist or a physical educator, or even a personal trainer or an exercise specialist, or a health fitness instructor.  It is about exercise physiology.  It is about listening to the concerns of exercise physiologists.  It is about ideas crying for expression.  It is about building an organization with members helping each other.  It is about creating a shared sense of purpose.  It is about preparing students for the future.  It is about providing each ASEP member the opportunity and the responsibility for shared-help in the professionalization of exercise physiology.


    “You are what you think.” Dale Carnegie

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