You might see an AEP to help you:
· overcome persisting pain caused by injury or overuse
· improve your heart health
· rehabilitate following a cardiac event
· control your diabetes
· prevent pre-diabetes from progressing to full diabetes
· improve your recovery following cancer treatment
· improve your general health and wellbeing.
· assess your sports and exercise fitness and performance
· assess your body composition and weight loss goals
· developing a strength and conditioning program
· monitoring training load
· analysing skills and technique
· providing biomechanical analysis for injury prevention or to improve performance
· liaising with other members of the support team to optimise performance
· keeping you up to date with the latest techniques in performance management.
AEPs also provide training in safe manual handling; perform functional assessments; carry out sub-maximal and maximal fitness tests; perform body composition tests and musculoskeletal assessments; and provide lifestyle education to help people manage their health conditions.
In Australia, we have the unique situation where we’re working backwards. We have the existing resources and infrastructure including the specialised workforce of Exercise Physiologists and the Medicare subsidies which enable Australians to access these services, but we need to significantly increase our activity levels as 70% of Australians are not active enough.
Accredited Exercise Physiologists are allied health professionals, providing exercise and lifestyle therapies for the prevention and management of chronic disease, injury and disability.