An Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) must graduate with a four year or equivalent degree to practice as a qualified professional. An AEP specialises in the bodies movement and exercise and how it can be used in the prevention and management and of chronic illness, disease and injury.
To achieve this prevention and/or management AEPs will draw from their knowledge in exercise prescription, and utilise their training in behaviour change, to encourage and assist their patient to actively manage the health of their body independently. Their knowledge and skills are particularly best received by patients who have an invested interest in the maintenance of their mental and physical health and those who wish to age well and independently (Exercise Right, 2016).
AEPs provide support for people with:
- cardiovascular disease
- osteoporosis and arthritis
- mental health conditions
- cancer and cancer treatment recovery
- chronic pain and fatigue
- post-surgical rehabilitation (ACL reconstruction, hip/knee replacement)
- neuromuscular exercise therapy (multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s disease)
- pulmonary disease and more