Vol 1 No 2
October, 1997
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 1997
Just Thinking: By the Editor
Tommy Boone, PhD, MPH
The Power of Change
Visionary Thinking
The Power Behind A Vision
Are Exercise Physiologists Ready?
ASEPGoals and Objectives
The Power of Change is an interesting idea. It is very much like a vision or a dream that says, "Let's move forward. We can do it. We can make a difference." If only we would take that step forward, the change (and commitment) would release the power to make it happen. So, from the publisher, let's get on with directing our energies toward the professionalization of exercise physiology. Let's set a course toward a destination that others will recognize as representing real progress for exercise physiologists. That destination is the American Society of Exercise Physiologists. It is the opportunity to realize a clear step ahead in effectiveness and efficiency. It is the compelling reason for everyone to stand together to catalyze change and achieve excellence.

Visionary Thinking
Exercise physiologists have within their grasp the most powerful force possible in creating change. That force is an achievable vision that can change their destiny. But, unless they take note of where they are now and where they are going (i.e., without a shared vision or dream), they will very likely continue to end up on the short end of the sports medicine stick. The question is simple, "If the direction exercise physiologists are going is not where they wish to go, how can they change it?" The answer lies within them and their ability to imagine what they want and how to get there. But, first, they must want the change in direction and, second, they must be willing to work for it.

Here is the mystery! Are exercise physiologists ready for a change in the direction the profession is going? Also, are they totally committed to the outcomes (way of life) that they imagine to be true with the change? Common sense suggests that now is the time to marshal commitment to strengthen and maximize professional growth. With visionary thinking, exercise physiologists can advance new and innovative professional possibilities. The vision (dream) is a sensible link between where they are today and their ability to compete in the twenty-first century.

What about the ASEP Vision? Is it realistic and credible? Is it necessary for the professionalization of exercise physiology? 

ASEP Goals and Objectives point in the direction of a new view of the future of exercise physiology. It is about tomorrow and giving shape to decades of a shapeless existence. It is about becoming that which exercise physiologists have hoped for without having defined a clear direction of getting there. It is about calling forth all exercise physiologists to stand up and be counted. Each one must contribute their part by way of their specialized skills, talents, and resources to make a difference.

It may be the personal trainer at the local health and fitness club who points the way toward new job opportunities for our students. It may be the cardiac rehab specialist who sees a way to dramatically increase the application of exercise physiology in the educational-clinical settings. It may be the chair of a department of physical education or human performance who has convinced the administration to offer a new academic major (degree) in exercise physiology. It may be the athletic trainer with an academic background in exercise physiology who sees how to increase the use of exercise physiologists in sport and athletic programs. It may be the exercise physiologist who is working in corporate fitness or health promotion who comes up with an idea so new that a totally new direction is created in hiring exercise physiologists.

The Power Behind A Vision
Where does the power come from? Why is an idea so enabling, catching, and moving? The answer is rather simple, but in itself powerful. It is the hope of something better and different. Something that an idea or a vision creates. Hope and faith are powerful motivators in creating change and providing for opportunities. With hope, there is always a chance of making progress. The power is in the belief that change will come with the idea. As a result, people are energized and compelled to commit voluntarily to achieving success.

ASEP is such a vision. It is right and timely. It is attractive and gives meaning to many exercise physiologists, particularly those without the PhD degree. It allows for a shared vision that brings exercise physiologists together with the opportunity to build their self-image and to advance the profession. Most importantly, it allows for the continued existence of the profession because without a vision of hope and financial survival, exercise physiologists are likely to continue drifting in confusion and disappointment.

Are Exercise Physiologists Ready?
Again, the question may be raised, "To what extent are exercise physiologists ready for a vision?" In short, the answer is that there are indications that a vision is needed to give direction and certainity to what they do. From the results of a survey (n=186) by the Publisher of the ASEPNewsletter, it is clear that exercise physiologists believe they:
1.  Need their own professional organization to address standards of competence, accountability, and employability (81%);
2.  Need a Code of Ethics to distinguish itself as a profession (91%);
need their own professional journal (69%),
3.  Need an exercise physiology directory (registry) to facilitate interaction (88%);
4.  Need to restrict the identification of an exercise physiologists to someone with an academic emphasis or degree in exercise science or exercise physiology (87%);
5.  Need more input into their professional development than presently realized via ACSM and AACVPR (86%); and
6.   Although there is continued interest in licensure (76%), exercise physiologists also believe that they need a non-governmental form (such as ASEP) to grant certification recognition to individuals who has met certain predetermined outcomes (83%).

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