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Why partner with an Exercise Physiologist to assist your care team?
What is an Exercise Physiologist?
ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) Certified Exercise Physiologists® (ACSM-EP®) take training to an advanced level by conducting and interpreting physical fitness assessments and developing exercise prescriptions for people who are healthy or have medically controlled diseases. These are fitness professionals with a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in exercise science qualified to pursue a career in university, corporate, commercial, hospital, and community settings. ACSM-EPs not only conduct complete physical assessments – they also interpret the results in order to prescribe appropriate, personalized exercise programs. We are considered the gold standard of practice and uphold respect, credibility, and knowledge.
Today we have an endless list of fitness titles and certifications; nearly everyone we know is a personal trainer of some sort because online certifications are readily available for a wide variety of these titles. Experience, practice and accepted science will vary. It is easy for a patient to get lost, frustrated, and have misguided experiences as a result of inconsistency and lack of credibility within the field.
Our practice recognizes this fact and agrees that it is extremely important to seek health professionals with an accredited education, integrative experience, and continued education to stay up to date with rigorous research and practice. An Exercise Physiologist is a key player on your care team. We assist preventative, maintenance, and reactive medical care in all patient conditions. We continually communicate with all health professionals on your care team to adjust and improve our approach to achieve optimal health.
*I am an ACSM-Exercise Physiologist and Sports Nutritionist. I research Kinesiology as well as Dietetics to have a more complete health perspective. I did not, however, complete an RD (Registered Dietitian) exam. Dietary choices are the primary indicator of overall health, which is why I felt the importance of gaining knowledge and experience in both. This decision gave me a deeper understanding and passion for preventative health.
What does an Exercise Physiologist do?
Exercise Physiologists analyze their patients’ symptoms and fitness in order to improve or maintain health. We specialize in the treatment of bone and muscle conditions and chronic illness to achieve recovery and prevention. We work with all cases (heart disease, chronic diseases, and those with risk factors and less than optimal biomarkers).
Exercise Physiologists strategize and continually communicate with each patient to establish an individualized exercise and recovery program to meet targeted goals.
What kind of testing is available for my treatment plan?
Physiologists utilize Functional Movement Screening tests, Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis, Strength tests, Muscular Endurance tests and Cardiorespiratory Endurance tests. Conducting these tests are determined by your preferences, goals, support, and health risk.
Functional Movement Screening: evaluates seven fundamental movement patterns with considerations to your current pain or musculoskeletal injury. This clearly demonstrates and tracks opportunities for improved movement for daily functionality.
Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis: an electrical current flows through the body and the voltage is measured in order to calculate impedance of the body.