Exercise physiologist’s scope of practice

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ACSM's Resources for the Exercise Physiologist: A Practical guide for the Health Fitness Professional

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  • Exercise physiologist performs rehab services for serious illnesses, disabilities, or health-related conditioning. They are generally working at hospitals and physical rehabilitation clinics. This occupation is extremely people-oriented, as they exist to be with their patients during each step of their treatment. They examine the physical conditions of their patient, evaluate their concerns, and think of a personalized plan for treatment to help the sufferer better their health.

    To become an exercise physiologist, you typically need either a bachelor’s or a master’s degree in Exercise Science or related field, such as Human Kinetics, Exercise Science, or Kinesiology.

  • An Exercise Physiologist is a university trained professional who specialises in health and fitness. An Exercise Physiologist often works in collaboration with other health professionals to tailor an individual exercise program to meet the needs of the client.

    An Exercise Physiologist can work in a variety of settings depending on the preference of the client. For example, sessions may be based in a gym, at home, or in a hydrotherapy pool. Sessions can be one-on-one or in a small group (less than 10 people).

    Specialized techniques based on intense exercise will be taught so that the employee will be able to provide individualized programming to clients with the goal...
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  • Employment projections data for exercise physiologists, 2014-24
    Occupational Title SOC Code Employment, 2014 Projected Employment, 2024 Change, 2014-24 Employment by Industry
    Percent Numeric

    SOURCE: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections program

    Exercise physiologists

    29-1128 14,500 16,000 11 1,500 [XLSX]

    Exercise physiologists with a bachelor's degree typically work in roles that apply knowledge of human movement, such as those involving the development and implementation of exercise plans. Exercise physiologists with a bachelor’s degree may however, be more limited in their employment options versus those with a master’s degree or higher, as a graduate degree may allow exercise physiologists to be employed as lecturers and senior-level researchers in the field of exercise science, in addition to being qualified for jobs in applied exercise physiology.

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The Exercise Physiology Specialist home study course is for those who are already certified as an ISFTA Personal Trainer and wish to increase their knowledge of exercise physiology. Along with the 1184 page text, there is a 150 question exam.