Wednesday, December 7, 2016
The Role of the Exercise Physiologist in Exercise Rehabilitation
Morgan Walker, B.S., ACSM EP-C
If you see exercise as an important element in health and want to motivate people to practice healthy behaviors, the American College of Sports Medicine sets the gold standard for exercise physiologists. Exercise physiologists analyze their patients' fitness in order to help them improve their health or maintain good health. They help patients with heart disease and other chronic conditions, like diabetes or pulmonary (lung) disease, to regain their health.1 With a certification from ACSM, employers know that you have the best possible credential in the field of exercise physiology and personal training.
The certification requires extensive knowledge in exercise testing and safe, effective program design. The ACSM EP-C seeks to help clients incorporate exercise into daily activity for a healthier lifestyle and improved quality of life. Exercise physiologists can have positions in a few different settings: inpatient and outpatient hospital, and home health and personal training facilities (patients should be cleared by a physician for supervised exercise sessions in all settings).
What sets exercise physiologists apart from other fitness professionals is the knowledge of chronic conditions, exercise testing, and targeted exercise rehabilitation to manage disease. ACSM and the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) are two organizations that help link physicians to accredited exercise physiology professionals for the long term benefit of clients.