What is an Exercise Physiologist?

>>An exercise physiologist
is a health professional who has a degree in Exercise Physiology. Their study includes courses in biomechanics,
anatomy, physiology, chemistry, biology, and then exercise physiology, which is really the study of the acute and chronic effects of exercise on all the systems of the body. So you do not need a prescription
to see an exercise physiologist. Their area of study really allows them to
understand not only the effects of exercise on a healthy person but how that interfaces
with pathology, how there’s certain people for whom exercise might pose a risk. So we know how to screen for people who might need a different type
of exercise than other people. The next thing is assessing
current level of fitness, so in order to know the appropriate exercise
program you have to know where you’re starting and that’s something that we’re training
to evaluate not only cardiovascular fitness but musculoskeletal fitness as well. For example, some people you might have
an actual cardiac stress test with an EKG which exercise physiologists can lead. Whereas for somebody who’s perfectly
healthy and training to do an Ironman, you could do a whole VO2 max
metabolic testing. The assessment gives you the tools to come
up with an appropriate training plan. You can actually figure out, for this
individual, what is the best plan for them to get them to their goals. And for some people that might be qualifying
for the marathon and for other people it’s going to be to be able to walk a block without getting
out of breath or improve their bone density so they don’t have osteoporosis
or to get through a pregnancy without having any aches and pains. Really there’s no one who wouldn’t benefit
from the expertise of an exercise physiologist who wants to be absolutely the best they can be. People have to like it, so it’s also
finding what resonates with that person, what is going to make them look forward to that? The goal of an exercise physiologist is actually
so that you don’t need an exercise physiologist. You know you’ve done your job when somebody
knows what they need to do for themselves.

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