Exercise Physiology

What is an Exercise Physiologist?

An accredited exercise physiologist (AEP) is a university qualified allied health professional with the skills and knowledge to evaluate, design and deliver safe and effective exercise interventions for people with sub-acute, acute or chronic medical conditions, disabilities or injuries.

AEPs specialise in working with people living in a wide variety of health conditions, including cardiovascular, neurological, metabolic, musculoskeletal, respiratory and mental health conditions.

AEPs use evidence-based practice to guide and inform treatment. They stay up to date with the latest research and use this knowledge to guide treatment plans.

What should I expect at my initial appointment? 

An initial appointment with an AEP revolves around gathering information about you and your current state of health and wellbeing. A thorough subjective assessment is carried out to understand you and your lifestyle, gather information about past and present medical conditions, and set goals for treatment. 

Objective measurements will then be taken to set baseline measurements for treatment and track progress. There are many different types of objective measurements that can be taken. 

These include:

  • Strength measurements

  • Cardiovascular assessment

  • Movement assessment

  • Aerobic function

  • Pain assessment

  • Questionnaires.

  • A range of other measurements.

Your AEP will determine the most relevant objective tests for you, based on your goals and current level of health. Your AEP will then develop a treatment plan specific for you, which is usually delivered in a follow up session.