Exercise Physiologists are university qualified allied health professionals who specialise in prescribing exercise to help treat many acute, sub-acute or chronic health conditions, injuries and disabilities. It is important to note that an Exercise Physiologist is not a Personal Trainer, nor a Physiotherapist however we may work closely with these exercise professionals.
Exercise Physiologists can choose to specialise in many health areas such as metabolic, respiratory, cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, neurological, mental health and any other condition where exercise can positively impact on a person?s health.
Exercise Physiologists work in many different domains and fields such as in a rehabilitation setting, private and public hospitals, aged care, private clinics, workplace health, and fitness centres. Exercise Physiologists often work alongside other allied health and medical professionals to ensure a collaborative and multi-disciplinary approach is taken to best help their patients.
Exercise Physiologists are able to thoroughly assess functional capacity, provide education on lifestyle modification, prescribe exercise and ensure that exercises are being completed safely.
Exercise Physiology consultations can also attract private health rebates and Medicare assistance, depending on your level of cover and medical condition.
If you feel that you would benefit from consulting with an Exercise Physiologist, you do not require a referral from your doctor. Exercise Sport Science Australia (ESSA) have an online directory that can provide a list of registered Accredited Exercise Physiologists in your area.
Exercising under the guidance of an Exercise Physiologist can take away the stress and worry from exercise, giving you the piece of mind that your program is specifically tailored towards your needs and relevant to your goals. Exercise Physiologists ensure that you are exercising correctly, reducing the risk of injury and discomfort. You will learn how the body works, and importantly, why certain exercises are being prescribed (rather than just being told what to do). Having a private health rebate can often make it more affordable than a personal trainer!
To find your nearest Exercise Physiologist, search on the ESSA web page, or chat to your GP today!