What is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist?
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. An AEP understands the physiological side of chronic conditions and disability, and the physiological impact exercise can have, and know how to tailor it to fit within the precautions of a condition.
Why Exercise Physiology?
Exercise goes beyond just fitness!
Sometimes Exercise Physiology intervention may be to assist in keeping up with peers at school to enhance participation, or to develop sport-specific skills and fitness to support social and community involvement. Or, it might be to help manage a specific concern related to a disability or health condition.
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
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