Vol 3 No 7
July 1999
ISSN 1097-9743 
ASEPNewsletter is devoted to informative articles and news items 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 to respond directly via the ASEP Public Forum.
Copyright ©1999 American Society of Exercise Physiologists. All Rights Reserved. 
August 1999

Editorial Policy/Call for Papers

Table of Contents

ASEP Public Forum  2nd Annual Meeting Guest Editorial
The Promise of the ASEP Organization
by Tommy Boone
"2" new  research articles
Changing Your Future
by Tommy Boone
President's Report
by Robert Robergs
Dr. Robert Robergs
email YOUR President
Strategic Intent: The ASEP Vision
by Tommy Boone
ASEP Public Forum
"2" postings
I am a physiologist
Student Chapters Web Sites of Interest
To All ASEP members:

ASEP Advertisements
Director of Wellness Center
Guthrie Healthcare System


ASEP had an "Exhibit Booth" at the recent ACSM meeting in Seattle, WA.  Your President, Dr. Robert Robergs of the University of New Mexico and others were (Drs. Weir, Simpson, Diboll, and Boone) attended the booth to answer questions and hand out ASEP brochures and information.  Everyone felt that the booth helped in getting out the word about the Society and the upcoming October meeting in Albuquerque, NM.

President's Report
Dr. Robert Robergs has just recently submitted his  "President's Report" that addresses:

  • 1999 Annual Meeting
  • JEPonline
  • Letters to Other Organizations
  • Committee Functions
  • Scope of Practice
  • ACSM
  • ACSM National Meeting and ASEP Booth
  • Letters to Prominent Exercise Physiologists
  • To read the complete report, click on June, 1999.

    Student Chapters
    Several ASEP members who are college teachers indicated at the ASEP Exhibit Booth that they were interested in starting a Student Chapter at their institution during the upcoming months of the 1999-2000 academic year.  This is great news!  If you are interested in starting a chapter, contact either Dr. Robergs at 505-277-1196 or the ASEP National Office (218-723-6297).  Note that the ByLaws and Constitution are on the Internet (refer to the ASEP homepage).


    Be sure to click on the July issue of JEPonline. ASEP's exercise physiology journal! There are several research articles for your enjoyment.
    The "first-ever" exercise physiology electronic journal!!!!

    The journal is registered with several data bases, including Dr.MEDMarket's Health Services Index (via the Medical Resources Index Category), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Web site, the NewJour (that post online journals), and the Ulrich' International Periodicals Directory. The latter directory is the world's leading periodicals directory since 1932, and is used by libraries, publishers, researchers, and subscription agencies. 

    ASEP's electronic journals exist for exercise physiologists.  Each article can be printed and used in your work or as part of your classroom assignments.  As an author of an article in ASEPNewsletter, JEPonline, or PEPonline, you can list the work in your Resume' and other important documents.  Guess what?  You can published in either of the three ASEP documents without paying page charges.  It is free.  Why? Because ASEP meets the costs of publishing your work. What about copyright? All three e-journals are listed with the Library of Congress via their own ISSN numbers (International Standard Serial Number).

    ASEP Membership
    We are an organization of "284" 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 Contents.

    Current weather at the ASEP National Office, Duluth, MN.

    Guest Editorial

    The Promise of the ASEP Organization
    Tommy Boone, PhD, MPH, FASEP

    Organizations are complex, confusing, and multifaceted.  They are a challenge to those who find themselves in the middle of the organizing, much less to those completely outside of the process.  Few have the capacity to instantly understand everything about a particular organization and the assumptions that drive it.  Hence, no wonder it is a challenge to figure out whether membership in a particular organization is the right thing to do.  This is, however, the focus of this brief article on the promise of the ASEP organization.

    The ASEP Challenge
    The American Society of Exercise Physiologists (ASEP) exist for its members.  The focus of the organization is to professionalize exercise physiology and, in so doing, it helps the public sector and others understand exercise physiologists and what they do.  This task is as much a challenge, if not more so, than understanding what organizations do.  The challenge facing the ASEP members is impressive.  At first sight, the inertia of the contemporary view of exercise physiology is significant because it embraces such a narrowly focused perspective.  This one-sided insight that distorts what the public knows about exercise physiology must be changed.

    ASEP is a beginning in the right direction.  It is not a "quick fix" organization with a one-step plan.  There is no simple recipe for tackling the contradictions and mis-management of exercise physiology across the past 40 years.   We can gain comfort in knowing that ASEP provides the all-important flexibility to create new images and insights.  It is the springboard for the breakthrough thinking necessary to gain control over what we do and our contribution to the public sector.

    To illustrate this point, before ASEP existed, exercise physiologists did not have a Code of Ethics.  Collectively, by default, they organized themselves under the "sports medicine" umbrella.  Trapped by association, exercise physiologists failed to identify their own goals and objectives as well as a blueprint for professional development.  The resultant lack of thinking about academic program integrity, job structures, and organizational specificity left exercise physiologists with little professional strength and endurance.  The inability to organize and unleash their creativity did little to avoid the routinized daily (yearly) patterns of thinking.  The end result is that the bureaucratized sports medicine professional articulated and shaped the basic conceptions of what exercise physiology is all about.

    Purpose of an Organization
    Organizations, sports medicine or otherwise,  are designed and operated in accordance with specific intentions.   They are created to achieve efficient and predictable results.  In other words, organizations exist to carry out the objectives of the members "in power."  They use the organization as a tool or instrument to invent or develop their agenda.  Hence, the organization itself isn't the problem but rather the individuals in charge of the organization.  If we find that an organization isn't working on behalf of its members, then the problem is that the organization is working on behalf of those who are in control.

    Those who are "in power" walk a delicate line between getting what they want and providing what is important for everyone else.   Leaders of distinction always plan organizational procedures to protect and lookout for the members.   The basic thrust of others is to operate as precisely as possible in restricting activity in certain directions while encouraging it in others.  Needless to say, the neglect to "reengineer" exercise physiology within the context of sports medicine resulted in a shift in interest from the older-style of managing professionals to the more efficient way of doing work.  Now, it is recognized that the exercise physiologist is the best person to perform the job of defining, educating, and monitoring exercise physiology performance.

    The ASEP Organization
    Exercise physiologists are professionals with complex needs that must be satisfied if they are to perform effectively in the public sector.  The idea of integrating the needs of the individual exercise physiologist and an organization designed by and executed by exercise physiologists isn't new.  However, the actual development of such an organization with the administrative structure and leadership style to ensure that exercise physiologists can exercise their capacity for self-control and creativity are new.  Simply stated, it was not done until ASEP was founded in 1997.  Now, the promise of ASEP is that its existence is only as important as the professional health and well being of its members.

    The promise of ASEP is to shape the future of exercise physiology work to increase job satisfaction.  The members' major focus of attention is on national certification, state licensure, and academic credibility (accreditation).   This focus is integrated with the member's attention to a variety of professional issues that capture, illustrate, and define the exercise physiologist.   The latter emphasis is clearly as challenging as the former, and is equally necessary.   That is, while establishing national credibility is ultimately important, there is still the long-road to reengineering the outcomes of the academics programs within the public sector.   The pursuit of both builds on the principle that professionalism requires the achievement of self-regulation and the ability to make a living.

    The Ideal Profession
    All this has important implications for the professionalization of exercise physiology.  For example, if the characteristics of the ideal profession are:

  • intellectual;
  • specialized body of knowledge and research;
  • professional education;
  • peer accountability;
  • socially necessary; and
  • motivated by altruism,
  • --then the occupational group of exercise physiologists is clearly on its way to becoming a profession.  Exercise physiologists are committed to benefiting the public.  The question is the "direction" in performing their professional work.

    If exercise physiology is defined as clinical exercise physiology, then other career opportunities will not develop.  From the start, the ASEP Board of Directors recognized that this one school of thought is narrow.  Therefore, ASEP was built around the single important idea that academically prepared exercise physiologists are educated to deal with different kinds of public health, fitness, rehabilitation, and sport training issues.   The focus of attention is first on the undergraduate, who graduates as an exercise physiologist and, second, on the "good fit" of the professional into a variety of stable and interconnected job opportunities with increased economic, technological, and sociopolitical dimensions.

    This kind of professional strategy has been outlined in a recent PEPonline article entitled, "Defining the Exercise Physiologist."  The point being, "What hope does an organization bring to its members if the vision for work is too narrowly focused, and is often times performed by non-exercise physiologists -- such as in cardiopulmonary rehabilitation where nurses and physical therapists (with less academic training) frequently supervise the exercise physiologist?"  The answer is very little!  But, should an organization bring to the table a variety of job opportunities with core values and beliefs that shape patterns of professional development, then there is hope!

    Reason for Hope
    ASEP is the window of opportunity for exercise physiologists throughout the United States.  It is built on the idea that the exercise physiologist has a right to the interrelated subsystems of health care strategies.  In short, exercise physiology is on the cutting edge of understanding the importance of regular exercise and the role mind-body strategies play in securing more meaningful cost-effective ways of maintaining good health and fitness.  The task of ASEP members is to bring together variable career options into a closer alignment under the management for and by exercise physiologists.   Inertial pressures from other organizations with established ideas and mindsets are handled through ASEP's engagement in timely and efficient recruitment of new members.   The collaborative relations between the old and the new ASEP members inspire and create new patterns of thinking.  The end result is shared interests, shared meaning, shared beliefs, and shared understanding in organizing and sponsoring creative ways of thinking and acting; all designed to influence the future of exercise physiology.  Hence, the transition from a discipline to a profession (i.e., the future of exercise physiology) is dependent upon the necessity for change.  Naturally, recognizing the need to change from the sports medicine model to the reengineered and empowering model of "exercise physiologists first" requires a new mindset.  Although the challenge is the transformation itself, the process is underway with ASEP's transforming visions, images, beliefs, and shared thinking.

    The ASEP organization is more than just another organization.  It carries important aspects of expectation.  As the members think and do, their ideas and visions become reality. The shared sense of reality of the ASEP members reinforces their desire, conviction, and legitimacy in the public eye.  This living, evolving, and self-organizing reality gives shape to the profession of exercise physiology.  In time, it will be common place for graduates from exercise physiology accredited programs to market themselves as other professional graduates have for decades.   A snapshot of  future jobs in exercise physiology with greater specificity includes:

  • athletics and sports training;
  • academia and research;
  • community health, fitness, and wellness;
  • clinical and medical rehabilitation;
  • government and military;
  • business and consultant;
  • private practice;
  • sports nutrition; and
  • internationally.
  • The ASEP Beliefs
    In contrast with the view that only the PhD exercise physiologist can use the title "exercise physiologist" -- a common goal of ASEP accreditation is to provide the academically prepared undergraduate, at graduation, the distinction h/she deserves with an academic degree in exercise physiology.  Such a coalition of academically supported programs of study offers a strategy for advanced training prior to graduation.  The title "exercise physiologist" is built into the academic structures, roles, attitudes, and objectives of the academic programs.  Conflict as to who is an exercise physiologist will gradually disappear as a consensus in thinking is realized.  Career advancement will be possible, and the sense of powerlessness to manage one's career will gradually decrease.

    Besides shaping the profession, its realities, body of knowledge, and information used by the public sector, exercise physiologists will continue the quest for autonomy from other organizations' influence tempered with professional networking and coalition building.   ASEP's success will lead to more success, which will help transform still others to join the organization.   Common to this viewpoint is the promise that ASEP is collectively working on behalf of exercise physiologists.  There are no hidden dimensions or agendas.  The members' needs are built into ASEP.  The critical thinking and awareness that penetrates the inertia and debate between sports medicine and exercise physiology come from the need to create new ideas, feel new feelings, and to act as professional exercise physiologists.  This, of course, is possible because of the collective support of the membership.  New understandings of a situation or the assumption of an established condition engage new actions. These actions are reflected in transformations like ASEP and the transition from one organization to another.  The basic idea is that small changes catalyze major changes.  Eventually a critical mass effect is realized.  Working together rather than in isolation, a major force is created.  The secret of the force lies in the "teamwork" shared by the members.  This idea has a long history, and has important implications.  It means that organizations survive by their own efforts.  Members provide the power and the strategy for promoting success.

    Our purpose in creating ASEP is to gain insight on how to satisfy the interests of all exercise physiologists.  There is no mistake that building an organization is an incredible task.  It is time-consuming and full of imposing threats.  In fact, a case could be made to have not created ASEP.  Unfortunately, the growth of exercise physiology, as an emerging profession, would be stopped and new forms of what we will become would not have been realized.  The present form is less than ideal.  It is demeaning, and other professionals would no doubt continue to dominate and exploit the college-prepared exercise physiologist.  These problems must be corrected, particularly when issues of liability and the threat of disappearance exist.  This is vividly illustrated by the fact that the students' perception of "return" after graduation fails to measure up to the tuition costs and work that went into getting the degree.  The severity of this problem has been exacerbated by the diverse numbers of certifications available to anyone who wishes to sit for the exams.

    The bitter irony is that many of these problems could have been corrected years ago had exercise physiologists developed their own professional organization.  For this reason (and more), ASEP provides a useful counterweight to much of the traditional inertia (which has for the most part been ignored by PhD exercise physiologists).   The counterweight is a more focused perspective to discern various paths for future strategic development.  By being open to the ASEP agenda, exercise physiologists should be more sensitive to the different dimensions of the emerging profession.  Politics and its influence, different frames of thought about professionalism, and a synthesis of insights should help elevate the importance of ASEP.  Another important point is that, for those who don't understand why ASEP exists; reading a situation is always a two-way street.  Hence, while many ASEP members are members of different sports medicine organizations, the issue is not that sports medicine is bad.  Sports medicine obviously has its place, and a significant one at that.  However, in trying to discern the meaning of exercise physiology, it is clearly apparent that exercise physiologists have a right to their own professional organization.  The same is true for the sports biomechanist, the sports pyschologist, and the sport manager.

    In sum, ASEP members find themselves living in a period of unprecedented history.  Those who choose to do so, can belong to and embrace a new paradigm in exercise physiology.  This shift in thinking is enormous.  It is exactly the understanding that is needed to move exercise physiology into the next century.  With ASEP, exercise physiologists can learn to develop their own theories and create relevant professional and research strategies.  They can learn to recognize and value their own strengths.  They can set the agenda for critical, reflective thinking and application as the backdrop to managing ideas, concepts, and ideas generated from diverse perspectives and exercise physiology research.  Lastly, the promise of the ASEP membership is to continue to organize and manage the future of exercise physiology.  The organization promises to make the transition from the old model to the new as best as possible, and to meet the challenges of the new reality.

    What do you think about the ASEP promise?

    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
    Location - Albuquerque, NM (current weather)
    Inquiries -

    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
    Hosts -
    Exercise Science Program and the
    University of New Mexico Student Chapter of ASEP
    The University of New Mexico
    ASEP Public Forum for Exercise Physiologists. 
    Check out the comments regarding HOPE!
    Check out the article in the Professionalization of Exercise Physiologyonlinejournal.
    "Strategic Intent: The ASEP Vision"
    by Tommy Boone, PhD, MPH

    What are your thoughts about the article?

    Interesting Web 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.

  • "Instructions to Authors" in the Health Sciences is an excellent web site that provides instructions to authors for over 2,000 journals in the health sciences.  All links are "primary sources."  Raymon H. Mulford Library/Medical College of Ohio
  • EXCELLENT TEXTBOOK  by Robert A. Robergs and Scott O. Roberts.  "Exercise Physiology: Exercise, Performance, and Clinical Applications"  The McGraw-Hill Companies
  • HMS Beagle, the Internet Community for Biological and Medical Researchers
  • MedNets: Physiology, Note that the ASEP Journal of Exercise Physiologyonline is listed with other important physiology-oriented journals

  • Changing Your Future
    Tommy Boone, PhD, MPH, FASEP
    Editor, ASEPNewsletter

    "The greatest revolution of our generation is the discovery that human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives." --William James, eminent American psychologist
    WE ALL HAVE DREAMS.  What will it take to change your life?  Have you thought about it?  I'll never forget the day it hit me that I couldn't continue as Chair of the Department of Exercise Physiology at St. Scholastica without doing something to help my students at graduation.  I felt very uneasy, alone, and frustrated that we didn't have an organization to turn to for help.  As I studied the Internet and organizations that had developed specific goals and objectives, images and emotions flowed over me.  I realized that we could have our own professional organization, and so I made a decision to write the Charter for the American Society of Exercise Physiologists (ASEP) and post it on the Internet.  Today, I have the privilege of sharing my dream with other exercise physiologists; collectively we are turning our dreams into reality.

    Taking Action
    For too many of us wait for someone else to make a difference.  Ultimately, across time, the problems that concern us get worse.  Think for a moment. Do you want the hopes and dreams of our students pushed to the side?  What kind of teachers would we be if we didn't care for our students during and beyond college?  The bottom line, I realized that it was wrong and unthinkable to not change the future!  We must seize every opportunity to take action, and to believe that it's our decisions that influence the future.  You and I both know that certain decisions brought you to this point in your life, and simply by making decisions today about the future of exercise physiologists we can create it.

    Making a Commitment
    While some exercise physiologists are interested in changing the future, they are not committed to it.  There are a lot of reasons for their lack of commitment.  A major reason, it seems, is that they are too busy building their careers, doing research, publishing, and serving on committees.  Granted, each of these areas of work is important but so are students.  Unfortunately, it seems that some academic exercise physiologists don't feel the same towards their students as they do towards their personal and professional development.  Maybe they should make a decision, starting today, to work on behalf of their students.  Exercise physiology teachers are the real power in change; they are the catalyst for turning our dreams into reality.

    Many exercise physiologists say, "Well, I'd love to make a decision like that, but I'm not sure that ASEP is the way to go?" They are paralyzed by the inertia of sports medicine and groupthink.  As a result, they continue with the old model of who we are and what we do.  What's important is that ASEP members are working to help exercise physiologists throughout the world to "Just Do It"!  They are sharing the joy and hope that surrounds the commitment to make more of themselves through unity.  The power in coming together is strong, informative, and action oriented.  It is a commitment to a new future.

    "We will either find a way, or make one." --Hannibal
    Changing Mindsets
    One of the most bitter and cruel mindsets is who can wear the title "exercise physiologist"?  Why the problem exists is not a surprise, but why it is supported by some of our smartest personalities in the profession is hard to understand. Recently, at a major meeting, I was told,  "I'm an exercise physiologist because I have the PhD degree.  Anyone without the PhD is something "else."  This kind of thinking is an outcome of beliefs.  Whatever we do, it is out of our beliefs about what is and what isn't.  Beliefs have the power to create positive states of mind or the power to destroy hope.

    Hence, teachers with the belief that only PhDs are exercise physiologists have the power to destroy and confuse.  Their status and beliefs can (and do) override the impact and reality of students who graduate with an undergraduate "degree in exercise physiology."  When belief in what you are is important and a driving force (as, for example, the students who recently graduated from St. Scholastica with an academic major in exercise physiology), we realize that the belief of others is such that they openly minimize if not flatly take away from the privileges and rights pertaining to the academic degree.  They are, in other words, weakening and destroying the will and drive of the very same students they taught.  We need to realize that, in many instances, our present beliefs about who can wear the title "exercise physiologist" are damaging and should be revised.  With a feeling of certainty, ASEP has done just that!  ASEP members have agreed upon the following definition of an exercise physiologist.

    "The exercise physiologist is a university (college) educated professional who has at minimum a bachelor's degree (or emphasis) in exercise physiology (science)". --ASEP Standards Documents
    The key point is that the title "exercise physiologist" is not limited to just the PhD college professor or the director of a cardiac rehabilitation program.  Why is this belief important? Because it allows the emerging profession and students of exercise physiology the same rights as students from nursing, physical therapy, and occupational therapy programs.  Exercise physiology students deserve respect and support.  They should not be made to feel inferior, helpless, or worthless by assigning them a title less than "exercise physiologist" if the degree program or academically approved concentration is in exercise physiology.

    Changing Convictions
    When there is emotional intensity linked to an idea, event, or a belief as in the case of "Who is an exercise physiologist?" -- it is a conviction.  While conviction has a positive side of driving us to act, there is also a negative side.  For example, a person holding a conviction that the only exercise physiologist is the PhD exercise physiologist gets angry if their conviction is questioned.  Because of their commitment to the idea, they are resistant to new thinking.  They believe that giving up their belief would result in giving up their identity.  Holding on to the conviction is important to them, but it is also dangerous especially if it too rigid.  They fail to understand, as the German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer stated, all truth goes through three steps:

  • First, it is ridiculed.
  • Second, it is opposed.
  • Finally, it is accepted as self-evident.
  • The idea that a person with an undergraduate degree has the right to the title "exercise physiologist" is ridiculed by a good number of PhDs.  Others oppose the idea.  Consider the following comments from the ASEP Public Forum dated May 20, 1998 by Laura J. VanHarn, PhD:
    "I am not the only Exercise Physiologist who strongly believes that a four year exercise science degree....does not give you the right to call yourself an Exercise Physiologists.  I did not work 2 years to earn my masters degree, and 6 years to earn my PhD to be reduced to the same title as someone with an undergraduate degree."
    In the end, though, it will be accepted and self-evident.  Change is inevitable.

    Developing New Standards and Attitudes
    When I realized the incredible power we possess to change our future, I began to notice how others wanted to do the same.  What was missing in all of us, which essentially paralyzed our thinking, was an "organization of exercise physiologists."  An organization is imperative to determine where to focus one's efforts, how to think, how to feel, and what to do.  If we want to change our future, we've got to hold ourselves to higher standards (hence, the reason for our own Code of Ethics), change our beliefs about what's possible (ASEP Goals and Objectives), and develop a professional strategy through unity to empower ourselves.

    "We lift ourselves by our thought, we climb upon our vision of ourselves."--Orison Swett Marden
    In short, changing our future requires a change in the attitudes of all exercise physiologists (particularly the college professors).  Many of us have spent more than several decades teaching and developing exercise physiology (science) programs of study (from undergraduate through PhD).  Our motives were predominately professional.  We wanted to assist our students in transcending their past difficulties and limitations in other fields of study.  We wanted to develop the emerging profession of exercise physiology, and thus help our students as well.

    As agents of change, we did reasonably well without any organizational guidance.  Almost every college or university has an exercise science program, a few by comparison to the total number of schools that have exercise physiology programs, and of course most major institutions have doctorate programs in exercise physiology.  As agents of change, it is almost unbelievable what has happened in just 40 years (a very short period of time compared to other programs of study).  The reality, however, is that change from what was to what is isn't all that great considering the continued professional difficulties and self-imposed limitations.

    For our state of mind and satisfaction, closure is important to the significant efforts of many great men and women.  Closure is interpreted as completing what was started.  We have fixed some problems, but many remain.  Now, with our own professional organization we will be able to create possibilities consistent with our understanding of other professional programs.  Now, more than at any other time in our short history, we need also to recognize the "unidentified" PhD exercise physiologists who have kept the dream alive by teaching exercise physiology courses.  They, among the older and more frequently mentioned names (in association with the Harvard Fatigue Lab), deserve our respect and praise.  They kept the discipline going by continuing to teach exercise physiology concepts and ideas.  They are why we have the opportunity to continue what we are doing.  Who are they?  They are the college teachers in kinesiology, human performance, or exercise and sports science departments all across the United States who were educated as exercise physiologists.  They kept exercise physiology going.

    But, unfortunately, they failed to realize the importance of having their own professional organization.  Had they realized the mistake from the beginning, exercise physiology would be where physical therapy and other professional programs are today.  Even now, however, most of these same college professors still fail to understand that we can't teach a student to think as an exercise physiologist and then at graduation say, "I'm sorry but you can't called yourself an exercise physiologist without a PhD degree."  It is a break in logic, and bordering on fraud.

    When was the last time you stopped to think about the titles, exercise science and exercise physiology.  Across the board, for example, the title "exercise science" can mean that the degree program is in physical education (i.e., only the title has changed).  Students major in exercise science only to find out that it is a concentration of two or three courses at most or, perhaps, it is used as an umbrella title for a variety of different academic offerings with little significant academic concentration in any one area.  The lack of consistency in definition and intent are legally questionable as is the idea that upon graduation from a college with a degree in human performance with a concentration in exercise science, the person is an "exercise scientist."  Naturally, since that are no jobs in the public sector for the so-called exercise scientist, the title "fitness specialist" or one of several other similar titles is used instead.

    When it comes to what is exercise physiology, many students are beginning to question what they are told by their college professors.  With insult added to injury at graduation, they have come to realize that the public sector doesn't recognize what they do.  ASEP members realize this is completely at odds with most college academic programs and, therefore, should not be allowed to continue.  They understand that college departments are responsible to the students and their parents.

    If we were to pause for a moment and look at what we are doing, it would be hard to explain to our Deans and Vice-Presidents (as incredible as it might sound). Because if you think about it, you have to agree that it is almost inhuman to pump up students while in school to later expose them to emotional pain and difficulties in locating a good paying job.  My point is simple.  After the lengthy struggle and challenge to complete an academic major, the student should be able to capture the attention of an employer. If the student can't locate a job in exercise physiology, then what we are doing isn't working.  If other departments can educate students for good jobs in the public sector, then exercise physiologists can learn to do it.

    "We become what we think about." --Earl Nightingale

    Dr. Joe Weir, Chair of the Research Committee, has indicated that his committee is close to finalizing the steps for student applications for ASEP-supported research projects.  Stay tuned!



    The ASEPNewsletteris 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


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