Dr. Don Burris
What is Exercise Physiology
The comprehensive delivery of treatment services concerned with the analysis, improvement, and maintenance of the physiological mechanisms underlying physical and mental health and fitness through regular exercise, the prevention and/or treatment of chronic diseases and/or disabilities with exercise medicine, and the professional guidance of athletes and others interested in athletics and sports training.
Who is an Exercise Physiologist
An Exercise Physiologist is a healthcare professional who either has an academic degree in exercise physiology or who is certified by ASEP to practice exercise physiology [via the Exercise Physiologist Certified exam (EPC)] and therefore, is recognized as an ASEP Board Certified Exercise Physiologist, or who has a doctorate degree in exercise physiology from an accredited college or university.
The Exercise Physiologist’s Practice
Establishing and implementing standard of practice are major function of a professional organization. The purpose of the standards is to describe the responsibilities for which exercise physiologists are accountable. The Exercise Physiology Practice involves four areas: promoting health and wellness; preventing illness and disability; restoring health; and helping athletes reach their potential in sports training and performance.
Exercise Physiology is a healthcare profession. The bulk of the epidemiological evidence and the scientific papers by exercise physiologists support the health benefits of regular exercise (i.e. exercise medicine). Moreover, it is clear that an active lifestyle protects from many chronic diseases and disabilities. ASEP Board Certification is the gold standard for exercise physiologists for the supervision, and care of, clients and patients.