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LaBore, MA, EPC
4th ASEP National Meeting! WOW...
those in attendance at the recent national meeting really got something
out of it. The presentations were good, food was good, and everyone
thoroughly enjoyed the free breakfast and early evening social. The
stroll down the historic Beale Street for an informal gathering at Elvis
Presley's Memphis for fun, food, and live music was excellent. The
food, music, and getting to know each other were important parts of the
understand that the new ASEP President,
Richard Kreider, and other members of ASEP directed the meeting with timely
precision. In almost every case, the presentations were kept on time
and everything ran very smoothly. I want to thank all of those who
participanted in making the meeting the success that I have been told.
I wish that I could have been there, but work required me to stay at home.
only was the "Exercise Physiologist Certified" (EPC) exam given to interested
and qualified candidates, but there were 33 presentations in two days.
From looking over the "Schedule of Presentations", there were 13 research
papers, 13 special topic papers, 6 professional papers, and 1 keynote speaker.
You can read the abstracts of these papers by clicking
told that the keyspeaker, Dr. Paula Papanek, Director of Exercise Science,
Marquette University, had two "fast-responding" screens going at the same
time. No doubt the presentation was fantastic, and meaningful in
future considerations for work employment. The title of Paula's paper
tells the story: "Baby Boomers: Physiology of Exercise Capturing
that I could have been there. Such great papers by exercise physiologists,
such as Dr. Frank Wyatt of Baylor University, Dr. Tim Ziegenfuss of the
Phoenix Labs and Kent State University, Dr. Lee Brown and Dr. Mike Greenwood
of Arkansas State University, Darren Candow of the College of Kinesiology,
University of Saskatchewan, Dr. Ronald Mendel of Kent State University,
Dr. Robert Robergs of the University of New Mexico, Matthew Wattles, the
President of the Idaho Association of Exercise Physiologists, Dr. Larry
Birnbaum, Dr. Gary Gordon, Dr. Bill Simpson, Dr. Tommy Boone, and John
Dargan; all of the College of St. Scholastica, Dr. Curtis Hart of San Antonio,
TX, Dr. Richard Kreider, Dr. Patrician Cowan, Dr. Andy Fry, Dr. Larry Weiss;
all of the University of Memphis, Dr. Lonnic Lowery of Kent State University,
Dr. Lesley White of the University of Florida, Julie Dial of the University
of Texas Medical Branch - Galveston, Dr. Darryn Willoughby of Texas Christian
University, Dr. LaGary Carter of Valdosta State University. There
were also several good papers by graduates students who have either just
completed the master's degree or who are in different doctorate programs.
These include Jason McCarthy of Baylor University, Erin Rademacher of the
College of St. Scholastica, and Jesse Pittsley of the Unviersity of Kentucky.
All in all, you can see that the program had to be a good one.
Boone has indicated to me that the ASEP Board of Directors have at least
"3" possible sites for the 5th National Meeting. It seems that we
will be able to plan several years in advance should all the sites get
told that the ASEP Standards of Professional Practice for exercise physiologists
were reviewed, and that Dr. Boone was able to gather some information about
the "Standards" from those in attendance. He said that the results
will be presented in the PEPonline
this month. This is a very iimportant area of analysis because the
"Standards" are directly linked to the EPC exam, which begins the process
of defining once and for all who is an exercise physiologist and what does
an exercise physiologist do?
that's about it for this month. As you can from what I've written
and the other links about the meeting, it was a good one. I wish
I had been there.
sure to read the following article by Dr. Boone. It is about "change"
and thinking differently about exercise physiology. Also, there are
several excellent papers published this month in the PEPonline
journal. Our new President, Dr. Richard Kreider's President's
Address along with several articles by Dr. Boone (the paper he presented
in Memphis) and Mr. Matthew Wattles (who I understand did a fantastic job
in his presentation). Take a look. Read the articles and, where possible,
share them with your students, friends, and colleagues.
it for now. I'll be back with more next month. Unitl then,
think exercise physiology!
the Past-Editor of ASEPNewsletter
PhD, MPH, FASEP, EPC
Professor and Chair
Department of Exercise
Our Global Way of Thinking as Exercise Physiologists
the world of exercise physiology that sports medicine tells us about is
reality, how does it happen that we don’t feel more at home in it?
This is the question before us. Why don’t we feel more at home in
sports medicine? The answer is within the fundamental change that
exercise physiologists have come to know as the American Society of Exercise
Physiologists (ASEP). The profound transformations in thinking have
been largely a matter of only a few exercise physiologists, but the process
is not that different from global change in thinking.
these few exercise physiologists have done is change the reality of the
emerging profession. They believe in the idea that exercise physiologists
have the right to their own professional organization. Hence, the
assumption that exercise physiologists should continue as a discipline
engineered by the academic PhD is no longer plausible. Their conviction
today is an all-inclusive understanding that the assumption underlying
the link between sports medicine and exercise physiology is false.
This is precisely the thinking of ASEP, and thus the work of ASEP to “fight
back”. That is, when members of the profession are not supported
by a systematic advancement of policy and thinking, the ideal place to
be is within an organization of members committed to the same values.
is the “within” that exercise physiologists can come to embrace each other.
It is set up to reduce the emotional threats of continuing to work under
current conditions. ASEP is about change, and “change” implies individual
change. Thus, it is the purpose of ASEP to support change that is
inevitable and long in coming. By now, it should not be a revolutionary
thought that for decades exercise physiologists have not had their own
professional organization. And, it should not be news to most of
us that exercise physiologists have raised concerns and issues many times
before within the sports medicine model. Most of us are also keenly
aware that the mission of sports medicine has been and still is the promotion
of sports medicine.
years ago when I was teaching at Wake Forest University, I was told by
Dr. Paul Ribisl that if I didn’t like what I perceive as wrong, then I
should “Stop talking about it, get involved and do something!” I
have never forgotten and, in fact, I have always judged the conversation
as one of the most important I’ve ever had with anyone. My guess
is that he has probably forgotten our conversation just feet from the coke
machine. My guess is that he is still thinking sports medicine, physical
education, or exercise science is enough. It is highly unlikely that
he understands the ASEP’s definition of exercise physiology or its role
in the professional development of exercise physiology. It is much
easier to avoid the basic mind change that is profound and far more revolutionizing
than sports medicine. Yet, I continue to give him the benefit of
the doubt. He is an impressive person with a dedication towards health
care and total fitness that is hard to match.
my friend and others caught in the sports medicine myth, they hesitant
to fancy that ASEP might be right. The reluctance however can be
tolerated for just a while longer. Eventually, it is expected that
every straight thinking person will come to understand the historical significance
of having an organization to support the fundamental issues and changes
that must be addressed and corrected, respectively. This article
is a deliberate attempt to stimulate a critical dialogue between those
who believe in ASEP and those who don’t.
once upon a time there were exercise physiologists who believed that sports
medicine was their professional organization. They were academic
PhD exercise physiologists from across the United States. As faculty
members in small and large colleges and universities, they belonged to
departments that offered dozens upon dozens of different academic degrees.
While still working hard to teach exercise physiology and all kinds of
hands-on experiences, they failed to be fascinated by the possibilities
of an organization of exercise physiologists, and thus the story continues
story you just read is true. The sad aspect of it is that it continues
today as a contemporary symbol that transformation is a slow process.
Members of ASEP aren’t interested in a “revolution” per se. Rather,
to their dissatisfication with sports medicine and the entrenched beliefs
that the organization works on behalf of exercise physiologists, they have
come to believe that exercise physiology cannot develop within the context
of a multi-professional organization. Their faith no longer revolves
around the sports medicine model. So, early on, members of ASEP set
out to create an organization with a better fit. After careful study
and some very hard work, members of ASEP published their thinking on the
Internet. The re-examination of exercise physiology within the ASEP
Internet pages has been interpreted by some members of sports medicine
as heresy. Some even have stated that the “…leadership of ASEP is
a disgrace to exercise physiology….” To others, however, who have
found the ASEP message a breath of fresh air, they are very much attracted
to its mission, goals and objectives.
implications of another organization of “exercise physiologists by exercise
physiologists” is simply too much for some sports medicine personalities.
No longer will they have the full opportunity to be either in control or
the catalysis for change to promote sports medicine. In truth, they
should have known that the change in thinking was imperative. In
fact, what is obvious is that heresy on a grand scale has been happening
for some time. Sports medicine has looked the other way far too long.
We now know that philosophical debates occurred within sports medicine
for some years without the opportunity to develop a professional academic
foundation. The attempts some decades ago to focus significant organizational
efforts on exercise physiology were tabled “forever”. Talk about
mis-guided thinking. Here again, however, the primary function was
(and still is) to build sports medicine, not exercise physiology.
overwhelming evidence is that every “emerging profession” must have its
own professional organization. The development of professionalism
is directly related to the articulated ideas that result from the organization’s
advancement in understanding the link between it and the well being of
its members. The most recent ASEP National Meeting in Memphis has
been defined by some of the participants as the hallmark of change, given
the unity in thinking about exercise physiology. In a measurable
way, the participants left the meeting with a better understanding of who
we are, what kind of conditions we are in, and what is important to us.
What is also interesting about the meeting is that those in attendance
seem to perceive and think about exercise physiology in a different way.
As a result, it is more than logical that they have made a direct break
with the long-established doctrine of sports medicine. It is probably
one of the most discernible subjective experiences that is anticipated
to cause action.
need more meetings like the one in Memphis, especially since it helped
those in attendance to get past the illusion of understanding. It
may seem strange, but I left the meeting with a declaration of faith in
the members’ ability to shape the visible world of exercise physiology.
For some reason, the smaller the numbers in attendance, by comparison to
earlier meetings, the better the opportunity for the members to confront
their belief system that has been shaped by decades of built-in assumptions.
Because they learned a little about trusting themselves, they are able
to do what they can do without fear and distrust. Therefore, a new
day is dawning for real leadership and a collective sense of purpose specific
enough to form the basis for action. In the end, life goes on as
an exercise physiologist, but with a profound difference. It could
be characterized as a deep commitment nudging us towards the path we most
deeply desire for ourselves.
Change in Exercise Physiology
We Will Just Listen, We Will Know What to Do!
29, "Exercise Physiology Day"
by Steven Jungbauer,
MA, MBA, EPC
This message was posted last month, but it is so important that I thought
it should be posted again. What do you think about it?
The Indiana Association
of Exercise Physiologists, an affiliate association of the American
Society of Exercise Physiologists, is pleased to announce that Indiana
Governor Frank O'Bannon has proclaimed October 29th as Exercise Physiology
Day. The IAEP would like to invite and encourage other states to recognize
Exercise Physiologists on this day. The IAEP plans a substantial marketing
campaign with press releases throughout the state. In addition, our
members will receive a small gift to recognize this day and their contributions
to the field and the public. Take time today to email your governor and
request that they proclaim October 29th as Exercise Physiology Day. (This
can be done through email.) If you are interested in a copy of this Proclamation
please email me with a fax number.