The exercise physiologist is a healthcare professional with special training and expertise in the role and impact of exercise. They are often called upon to evaluate the physical and/or physiological performance of a patient or an athlete in a specialized laboratory setting. The exercise physiologist is also trained to develop and monitor exercise programs. This includes addressing cardiovascular function, body composition, and flexibility. Many exercise physiologists work in educational settings such as colleges and/or universities. They also work in hospitals, outpatient clinics, and in sports medicine settings.
The exercise physiologist must complete a rigorous course of training which typically requires a Bachelor’s Degree. Many exercise physiologists also go on to achieve a Master’s level degree. Special certifications are available after traditional training. The exercise physiologist represents an important member of the spinecare team for some patients.
For more information about the role and responsibilities of a Exercise Physiologist, please refer to the website of the American Society of Exercise Physiologists at http://www.asep.org/.
To locate and learn about physiologist who are members of the American Academy of Spine Physicians go to the International Directory of Spinecare Professionals. The directory also identifies those who have achieved credentialed status (Diplomate or Fellow) with the American Academy of Spine Physicians.