Exercise Physiology

What is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist?

Accredited exercise physiologists (AEPs) specialise in clinical exercise interventions.  They can assist people at high-risk of developing, or with existing chronic and complex medical conditions and injuries, individuals requiring rehabilitation following injury or surgery and for strength and conditioning generally.

These interventions are provided by health and physical activity education, exercise delivery, advice and support and lifestyle modification with a strong focus on achieving behavioural change. They work with a spectrum of clients from medical patients to elite athletes.

AEPs are recognised allied health professionals displaying a diverse range of knowledge and skills, working across a variety of areas in the health and exercise and sports science fields. The aims of AEP interventions are to prevent or manage chronic disease or injury, and assist in restoring one’s optimal physical function, health or wellness.

AEPs undertake university studies in the area of clinical exercise physiology and are required to meet an extensive accreditation process that includes practicum experience in a range of settings and environments. It is a requirement that applicants submit an evidence-based practice application to ESSA for assessment of requisite knowledge and application of abilities and skills to gain national accreditation.

Typical AEP services include:

  • Initial assessment to determine health status, and exercise/physical activity history
  • Explain how exercise therapy will help to treat or improve your condition and improve your quality of life
  • Discussing your exercise and health goals, and strategies to achieve these goals
  • Completing a physical assessment to determine your current physical abilities to enable a program to be designed
  • Development of an exercise program, clinical or home based
  • Instruction on how to complete the exercise program, including discussion on the role of the exercise and how to achieve good technique
  • Written reports back to your doctor, detailing your exercise plan and progress if required
  • Ongoing assessment to track your progress and identify changes to your program that needs to occur