Why Exercise Physiology?
What is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist?
At Achieving Abilities, we focus on participation. Exercise Physiology looks different person to person and vary depending on your needs and goals. For example, it could be helping you to improve your physical endurance to keep up with peers on the playground at school. It could be helping you to reduce your dependence on walking aids, or build the strength to lift boxes at work. It could be to help you develop sport specific skills or general coordination to improve your confidence to join a team. It could be providing you education on how to exercise safely for your condition, or educate you on the importance of being active.
At Achieving Abilities, we use a combination of evidence-based traditional exercise, play-based and use of our game-based active technology to engage and motivate our clients.
Exercise is crucial for both mental and physical health and development, but can also:
improve endurance, ambulation and a number of other skills important for daily tasks and participation
have condition-specific benefits for a number of disabilities and chronic health conditions
Cognitive benefits – such improving executive functioning
develop fine and gross motor skills, and hand eye coordination
increase aerobic fitness and muscle strength
increase joint range of motion
improve balance, posture, core strength and muscle tone
improve coordination, speed and power
sport specific skills, and sport-specific rules to enhance participation
An Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) is an Allied Health provider, who has completed a 4-year University degree. AEP’s specialise in exercise therapy and lifestyle interventions for individuals with existing chronic or complex medical conditions. AEP's are referred to when working with individuals that have specific medical conditions and/or disabilities, or are at significant risk of developing medical conditions, where exercise and healthy behavioural changes are required as part of their management or prevention.
So what does that mean? Well, an Exercise Physiologist is an expert in exercise and movement. We have a comprehensive knowledge of human physiology, anatomy, the body’s response to exercise, as well as behaviour change. An AEP understands the physiological side of chronic conditions and disability, and the physiological impact exercise can have. We know how to make it work.
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