Vol 4 No 10
October, 2000
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.  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, 2000
Letter from the Editor
3rd Annual Meeting

"Lifetime Achievement Award in Exercise Physiology" 

Keynote Speaker: Per-Olof Astrand, MD

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  • Pictures of participates at the recent ASEP meeting in Albuquerque, NM
  • Journal of Exercise Physiologyonline July issue 2000
  • Professionalization of Exercise Physiologyonline October Issue 2000
  • Why ASEP? 

    Letter from the Editor
    Tommy Boone, PhD, MPH

    As the first ASEP President and as an ASEP member with intense interest in creating a "certification" just for exercise physiologists, I have had the opportunity to learn from and work with some tremendous individuals who found time in their busy schedules to help with the development of the "Exercise Physiologist Certified" exam.  Most of these very important leaders in the field are identified within the front matter of the EPC Guide for Candidates.  Others include the work of Christine Mermier and her colleagues of the University of New Mexico.  Still others include Drs.Don Diboll, Richard Kreider, and Joe Weir.  We owe a great debt of appreciation to all of these professionals (including Dr. Robert Robergs who was gracious to serve 2 years as our President).  So, where possible and time permits, please consider looking thanking everyone who contributed to the realization of the EPC.  You have no doubt heard the statement, "Where do you find inspiration?"  In this message, I hope that it is obvious that ASEP members focused on developing a great certification and, frankly, it is inspiring.  Their work was done with enthusiasm, diligence, and a willingness to empower the certified exercise physiologist. 

    It is with great pleasure to announce that ASEP has a new President for its upcoming 4th year of operation.  His name is Dr. LaGary Carter.  The Board of Directors look forward to working with Dr. Carter in coordinating several goals of the upcoming year. 
    • Membership.  The new President indicated in Albuquerque that ASEP should create a Membership Committee.  The purpose of the Committee is to identify the needs of non-ASEP exercise physiologists, and how ASEP can meet their professional needs.  In short, ASEP has nothing to sell if there's no one to buy into the organization.  We need to understand the needs of the non-PhD exercise physiologist.  They have the answers.  Once we understand their needs and form a relationship with them, the idea of buying into ASEP will be obvious. 
    • Finance.  There is the need to increase the financial base of the organization.  Like all organizations, ASEP must maintain a stable financial base.  The primary method of doing so is directly linked to dues income.  After 3 years at very low dues for students and professionals, it is time to think about an increase to secure the financial base of ASEP.
    • Research.  ASEP has worked hard to present electronic research articles via the Journal of Exercise Physiologyonline (JEPonline).  While there are many purposes for the existence of JEPonline, the Board of Directors is especially interested in research presented via the Internet.  We are the first to present exercise physiology research electronically.  The efforts of Dr. Robergs and his editors have advanced the profession of exercise physiology.  An important area of work that has not been develop is publishing of student research.  There is a dedicated dollar amount set aside for helping students carry out their research and publish it online in the ASEP research journal. 
    • Public Communication.  It is important that ASEP gets the information about the organization out to the public, especially members of the healthcare community.  New brochures are important to passing along the information in addition to ongoing expansion and refinement of online professional development activities.
    • International Affiliation.  Collaboration with other national organizations around the world is important to the national and worldwide expansion of ASEP efforts to professionalize exercise physiology.  We are eager to point out that a recent conversation with the President of the Australian Association of Exercise and Sport Sciences, Dr. Phil Pandorf, sets the stage for a very carefully designed, objective-driven advocacy for the two organizations and for others willing to join in professionalizing the worldwide efforts of all exercise science and/or exercise physiology students and professionals.
    • Leadership.  ASEP is interested in learning of any member who has a desire to lead and work on behalf of its members.  It is important that we identify new inroads into the college student population and other communities where potential members may be located.  We need more ASEP Student Chapters, more ASEP affiliate state organizations, and more talented young people involved in the promotion and development of ASEP.
    • Volunteers.  With the increased challenges and opportunities in front of us as both a professional organization and as exercise physiologists, we must learn to count on and include students, interns, and professionals with ongoing discussions and improvements in methods to get objectives accomplished as well as attract new members.
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    October 11, 2000, the ASEP National Office received the following letter from the affiliate state association, Indiana Association of Exercise Physiologists, please read and consider helping where you can: 

    "Dear Fellow Exercise Physiologists,

    As many of you may be aware, Adminastar Federal is in the process of drafing guidelines for pulmonary rehabilitation.  A current draft can be found at Adminastar Federal's website, The draft can be found by going to the intermediary section, then finding the Local Medical Review Policies under provider relations.

    While this draft can warrant much discussion, there is one critical factor I would like to bring to your attention.  The current draft excludes Exercise Physiologists by virture of not designating them.  As we all know the inclusion of Exercise Physiologists is not only critical to our profession, but more importantly to the field of pulmonary rehabilitation.  In an area which uses exercise therapy as the primary source of care, inclusion of Exercise Physiologists is imperative.

    I urge all of you to respond immediately.  This can be done in several ways.  Write to Adminastar explaining your position.  Also, Adminastar's website has an area for responses to current draft guidelines.  Finally, a hearing will take place on Monday, October 23, 2000 at the Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield building in Indianapolis.  I encourage everyone in Indiana who is able to attend, as this would be an excellent opportunity to have your voice heard.  More information can be gathered through the Adminastar website, or by contacting Steve Jungbauer @( 219-372-7674) or me @ (219-435-7097).

    Matt Lehn
    President - Indiana Association of Exercise Physiologist"

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    Meeting Dr. Astrand was a special moment in time and in my life.  His presence and sincerity made the meeting.  Everyone in attendance wanted a picture taken with him.  He is truly a special person.  I will never forget him, his kindness, and his willingness to participate in Albuquerque. 

    We owe a special thanks to these hard working ASEP members.  Great meeting Dr. Robergs.  It couldn't have been better.  Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves.  Good networking, good food, and good presentations.  Thank you. (from the Editor of ASEPNewsletter)

    --Just Thinking--
    Tommy Boone, PhD, MPH

    I think it is time again to tell the world with a concerted voice what "eduating students" means, and why it is important to our profession. Prospective students and parents understand that not all education is the same.  They also understand that a college degree is suppose to prepare students for a specific career.  We can no longer assume that it is okay that the undergraduate program in "exercise science" isn't preparing the student for a meaningful, specific career in the public sector.  We need to remind ourselves that most students choose a particular field because they find it satisfying and important as an occupation.  Exercise science (exercise physiology) is not and should not be thought of in the same way as chemistry or biology.  That is, while exercise science (in conjunction with a significant number of other science courses) can set the stage for students who wish to attend physical therapy or medical school, my strong believe is that we should first defend the proposition that exercise science exists for students interested in preparing for a purposeful career in exercise physiology, as an exercise physiologist.  If an institution can succeed in providing each student with a strong foundation and grounding in the exercise physiology core courses, as identified in the ASEP Accreditation document, the academic major should contribute to the richness, depth, and excellence we need in our young professionals. 

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