About Exercise Physiology
Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEPs) are 4-year university qualified allied health professionals who specialise in the delivery of exercise, lifestyle and behavioural modification programs for the prevention and management of chronic diseases and injuries. AEPs provide physical activity and behaviour change support for clients with conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, depression, cancer, arthritis, COPD and many more.
Why see an Exercise Physiologist?
Exercise physiologists are knowledgeable about the effects that exercise has on the musculoskeletal system, as well as on the cardiovascular and endocrine systems. They can prescribe a course of exercises for either fitness or rehabilitation.
They can also advise on behavioural modification programs as well as encourage patients to develop new and healthy habits to help them manage their medical condition in the best way possible.
Exercise Physiology services are claimable on private health insurance as well as Medicare, DVA, TAC and Workcover.
What can I expect from my Exercise Physiology session?
Initially the Exercise Physiologist will ask you about your overall medical history, any chronic injuries or conditions you may have. They will also ask you about your current exercise routine and any goals you may have (these may be related to a specific injury or just a lifestyle related goal).
They will then conduct a basic movement screen, looking at how your body is moving. This is important as it allows them to prescribe exercises that will benefit you.
Group Exercise Classes
These classes are based around a circuit type format and each session is a little different! They incorporate strength, balance and cardiovascular type exercises.
Each session is 45 minutes in duration, fully supervised and caters for all fitness levels and abilities.
What’s the difference between an AEP and Personal Trainer?
Exercise Physiologists undertake extensive training at university including 500 + supervised placement hours. They specialise in graded exercise therapy and lifestyle interventions for people at risk of developing, or with, existing chronic conditions and complex medical conditions and injuries.
Personal Trainers tend to only specialise delivery of fitness programs for apparently healthy populations.