The Department of Exercise Science

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? 

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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. 

InBody devices measure body composition, dividing your weight into different components to assess health and track the users progress and trends. 
  • Body Composition Analysis
  • Muscle-Fat Analysis
  • Obesity Analysis 
  • Segmental Lean Analysis 
  • Cellular Water Status 
  • Strength tests: measures force a muscle group is capable of to track strength and muscular function 

Muscular Endurance tests: measures the length of time a muscle group can contract and release before fatigue 

Cardiorespiratory Endurance tests: indicates function of the heart and lungs, and how efficiently they are delivering oxygen/nutrients to the working muscles 

What will my personalized program look like? 

Each patient’s individual program is extremely specific and catered to your health risk, preferences, and overall goals. 
Programs include in-office and at-home objectives that typically include strength exercises, cardiovascular function, mobility training, and lifestyle goals each week. 

The plan is always established in collaboration with all other health professionals within your care team to develop a complete approach that will adapt and evolve to achieve your health goals. 

What do my in-office sessions include? 

Initial Case Review Consultation: 
This is our opportunity to communicate your story, experience and concerns. This is an often overlooked step, but you know your body best, and we ensure this step is extensive. Health and medical history will be considered as we discuss potential program options for individualized care. Before the appointment is through, you will receive immediate recommendations for relief of your current condition. 

Follow Up Consultation: 
You have time to share more thoughts and concerns regarding the initial visit and recommendations. During this visit, I explain my researched and more in-depth recommendations for care resulting from additional time for case review and planning. I will discuss the underlying causes of your condition and present the recommended program outline and time-line goals. A finalized plan will be set during this time. 

Continued Sessions: 
Within each session, we will first discuss your current physical/mental state as I adjust the session’s plan as necessary. Then we get started with the session and track progress points along the way. Before the session is done, we will transition back to a resting state and review goals for at-home objectives.  

How will I know I am improving and the plan is working? 

Communication and in depth tracking within our team will be done continually, as well as periodic screening tests to ensure we are right on track or exceeding expectations of our plan!

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