Exercise Physiology

Exercise physiology is the study of the acute responses and chronic adaptations to physical exercise. In a nutsheel, Exercise Physiology is the practise of using exercise as medicine.

An Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) is a university qualified Allied Health Professional that holds the highest level of training for prescribing exercise to individuals. AEPs possess a university degree in Exercise Physiology and accreditation with Exercise Sports Science Australia. Consequently, AEPs are equipped with the knowledge, skills and competencies to design, deliver and evaluate safe and effective exercise interventions for people who have acute, sub-acute or chronic medical conditions, injuries and disabilities. These interventions are evidence-based through scientific research and testing and include health and physical activity education, advice and support, and lifestyle modification with a strong focus on achieving behavioural change.

Current evidence supports physical activity and exercise as an integral treatment for both primary and secondary prevention and the treatment of chronic disease. AEPs are trained in the pathology and treatment of illness and injury in the cardiovascular, pulmonary, metabolic, neurological, endocrine and musculoskeletal systems of the human body.

Illness and injury commonly treated by AEPs include:

  • Cardiovascular diseases including coronary artery disease, hypertension, chronic heart failure and more
  • Respiratory diseases including Asthma, COPD, cystic fibrosis and more
  • Neurological diseases including stroke, cerebral palsy, acquired brain injury, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s and more
  • Metabolic diseases such at diabetes, dyslipidemia, obesity and more
  • Musculoskeletal injuries and illnesses including arthritis, osteoporosis, traumatic injuries and more
  • Other illnesses including cancer, depression and more
  • Exercise Physiologists can provide care to clients at a variety of stages in their therapy or rehabilitation processes. This can include:

    • Patients at high-risk of developing or currently with chronic disease
    • Patients at risk of developing, or currently with existing injury, that require rehabilitation to improve physical function and
    • Patients in need of lifestyle change through risk factor modification, at all levels of readiness to behavioural change.
    • Patients not currently experiencing or at risk of chronic disease but who are looking to improve their health and fitness

    Accredited exercise physiologists provide services for patients in a variety of settings:

    • Screening and risk stratifying to ensure the safety and appropriateness of exercise and physical activity interventions
    • Assessing ‘movement’ capacity in people of all ages and levels of health, well-being or fitness
    • Developing individualised effective and safe exercise and training programs
    • Providing up-to-date and scientifically-supported education, assistance and advice to enhance health and well-being
    • Provision of rehabilitation and advice for patients in the acute and chronic stage of injury, surgical intervention, or during recovery to restore functional capacity and well-being.

    Our exercise physiologist will provide one on one and small group sessions designed and tailored specifically to your needs. If you are interested in finding out if seeing our exercise physiologist can help you, speak to your physiotherapist or call us on 9546 6880 and we’d be happy to discuss further.