Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEP's) are university qualified allied health professionals equipped with the knowledge, skills and competencies to design, deliver and evaluate safe and effective exercise interventions for people with acute, sub-acute or chronic medical conditions, injuries or disabilities. The speciality areas AEPs can service include cardiovascular, metabolic, neurological, musculoskeletal, cancers, kidney, respiratory / pulmonary and mental health, as well as any other conditions for which there is evidence that exercise can improve the client’s clinical status.
What to Expect From my Exercise Physiology Consultation?
Initial Consultation: An initial exercise physiology consultation begins with a comprehensive enquiry into your health history. By understanding your medical history, an AEP can identify your areas of priority, and ensure that all areas of concern for each patient are addressed. For some clients, this may require several appointments.
AEPs seek to understand what is important to you, including areas of limitation or weakness experienced during both exercise and day to day functioning. Further, based on personal aspirations, or presenting conditions, an exercise physiologist will collaborate with you to establish short- and long-term exercise-based goals.
Education: An AEP can also assist by explaining your medical conditions, and, how exercise may benefit your presentations. If you have been advised to exercise, or are motivated to exercise to assist the management of a health condition, the role of an exercise physiologist is to outline how an exercise intervention can benefit you.
Physical Assessments: During an initial consultation we will collect data to inform the design of your tailored exercise program. This may occur through cardiovascular assessments assessing cardiovascular fitness, strength, and/or balance assessments. Further, questionnaires which capture your exercising habits or symptom presentations may also be utilised to understand your current situation. Assessments also allow us to assess your progress, and compare your results after a time of carrying out your exercise program. The assessments selected will be based on your areas of priority and presenting medical conditions.
Review Appointments: with an exercise physiologist allows you to discuss your response to your exercise plan; including areas of difficulty/ease as well as level of enjoyment and commitment. Review appointments allow assessments to be repeated, changes in medical treatment to be identified, and an exercise program to be adjusted to comply with your lifestyle and goals.
For more information or you would like to book an appointment, please contact us on Exercisephys.firstname.lastname@example.org or call the centre on (02) 6281 0124.