What is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP)?
An Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) is a university qualified allied health professional, who is trained in programming, delivering and evaluating safe and effective exercise interventions/therapy for people with a wide variety of medical conditions, injuries or disabilities. AEP’s possess an in-depth understanding of the effect of exercise on our physiology, and as such can use it as a tool to assist in the management of conditions, rehabilitation from injuries, and prevention of disease.
Some categories of conditions commonly treated by Exercise Physiologists include, but are not limited to:
How can they help me?
AEPs seek to understand you as a person, and not purely your condition. Exercise and gyms can be daunting for those of us with pain, chronic conditions and disabilities, so AEPs work to implement individualised, evidence-based exercise programs based on a combination of your medical history, past experiences, preferences and capacity.
AEPs can also monitor your physiological responses to exercise to ensure your safety.
Primarily, we look to increase your movement and activity long term to improve your quality of life. We aim to empower you with the knowledge and confidence, to assist you in regaining control and independence.
The initial session with an AEP is generally a chat about you, where we can get to know each other and determine your concerns, capacities and goals. We may conduct a few assessments and look at how you are moving to ensure you are safe to engage in exercise, whilst also helping us to determine an appropriate starting point. Finally, we will develop a plan together to determine the likely course of your treatment, including in-clinic or home-based exercise and education.