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Below are some frequently asked questions about Exercise Physiology. Please contact us for more information or to organise a personal appointment with an Exercise Physiologist.


What is Exercise Physiology?

Exercise Physiology – Physical Activity For The Long TermExercise Physiology plays a valuable role in minimizing the risk of chronic disease for patients. Through the careful application of exercise prescription and behavioural modification programs, exercise physiologists teach patients methods for improving and maintaining general health and well being as well as teaching them how to use exercise to manage their disease or illness. For long term health, they also provide patients with skills to achieve continued adherence to exercise through flexible approaches and adaptive measures to exercise plans.

Fact: 70% of the Australian adult population are not active enough to achieve a health benefit (ESSA, 2008)

East Gosford Exercise Physiology understands the important effects that physical activity has on personal cardiovascular health, as well as the health of the endocrine system, and musculoskeletal system. Exercise Physiologists treat cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, depression, cancer, arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and chronic pain as well as other conditions using exercise therapy based on scientific evidence and medical research.

Neglected Fitness Leads To Increased RiskToday’s hectic lifestyles mean that busy individuals often neglect exercise, causing them to increase weight, lose strength, reduce cardiovascular fitness and suffer increased effects from stress. While these and other issues resulting directly from insufficient exercise can significantly alter general life enjoyment, the lack of physical movement increases the risk of chronic disease, musculoskeletal pain and general injury.


What Does An Exercise Physiologist Do?

Helping Patients Incorporate Exercise Into Their Daily ActivityExercise physiologists provide exercise and lifestyle support for people with chronic health conditions, injury and disability using scientific evidence and medically researched methodologies. The primary aim of the exercise physiologist is to help patients incorporate an exercise plan into their lifestyle and thereby ensure continued exercise over the long term.

Exercise Plans Look At The IndividualThe exercise physiologist assesses a patient’s health needs to clarify health goals, as well as identifying health, postural or musculoskeletal problems. They conduct some simple and safe tests to identify current fitness levels and tolerance for exercise and spend time in identifying lifestyle demands and individual exercise preferences.

Exercise Intervention And Lifestyle ModificationEast Gosford Exercise Physiology provides individual exercise intervention and lifestyle modification programs that are safe and effective and reduce the risk of chronic disease. The introduction of regular exercise and physical activity into a patient’s lifestyle can return positive life effects as longevity, delaying of diseases and increased quality of life.

Through the application of Exercise Physiology, East Gosford Exercise Physiology can treat a variety of conditions including:

  • patients with, or at risk of developing chronic disease
  • patients in need of falls prevention or exercise for increased functional capacity
  • patients needing improved joint health and bone density
  • patients with musculoskeletal, lower back, and other injuries requiring rehabilitation for a return to mobility
  • patients wanting to improve functional strength or cardiovascular fitness through lifestyle and behavioural change
  • clinical populations (including the elderly and people with mental illness) through the prescription of exercises and behavioural modification programs.


What Qualifications Do Exercise Physiologists Have?

Accredited and Tertiary Trained Healthcare Experts An Exercise Physiologist is a university trained and qualified allied health professional who specialises in delivering exercise, lifestyle and behavioural modification instruction to patients in order to prevent or manage chronic illness or disease. To be an accepted allied healthcare provider in Australia and be recognised by Medicare, Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Work Cover and a range of health funds, Exercise Physiologists must have an Exercise Physiology accreditation with ESSA – Exercise & Sports Science Australia.

ESSA’s accreditation criteria includes the:

  • Completion of a three or four year exercise or sports science degree that has met core requirements set out by ESSA; or
  • Graduated from a National University Course Accredited Program (NUCAP). Examples include a Bachelor of Exercise Science – Rehabilitation, Bachelor of Sport & Exercise Science, or a Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology.


What is the difference between an Exercise Physiologist and a Personal Trainer?

Exercise Physiologists have the specialised skills and knowledge to go beyond training the fit and healthy. While it is well known that regular exercise is good for you, the role of Exercise Physiologists in treating life threatening conditions is often misunderstood by the general public.

Exercise Physiologist – Tertiary Trained and QualifiedThe Exercise Physiologist is tertiary trained to understand the effects of exercise on the body, both physically and mentally. They complete three to four years university level training at a minimum, which equips them with the skills and knowledge required to understand the human body and learn how exercise will impact on the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular and endocrine systems of their patients. They have extensive knowledge of patho-physiology, human movement, exercise prescription for clinical populations and the benefits of exercise. They are also trained in behavioural modification programs and qualified to give nutritional advice.

Whilst personal trainers use exercise to help improve overall health, they are not trained to treat the complexities of injury or chronic disease. Personal Trainers can effectively design exercise programs but are limited in their knowledge of health guidelines as required from a doctor or allied health professional. As Exercise Physiologists are tertiary trained to Allied Health standards, they can effectively manage and understand these complexities to ensure patient safety.


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