What is an Exercise Physiologist?
Exercise physiologists are tertiary educated, with extensive knowledge on the human anatomy and the benefits that exercise has on it, both mentally and physically.
Exercise physiologists see a vase variety of patients, not just regarding fitness but more specifically in the context of injury, chronic disease management, pain, and disability. This is not to say that they do not treat persons who are generally ‘healthy’.
Exercise physiologists are remarkably diverse when it comes to their work settings. These include hospitals, medical centres, rehabilitation centres, sports teams and among elite athletes.
What Training does an Exercise Physiologist have?
Do I need a referral to see an Exercise Physiologist?
If you are a private patient and/or wanting to claim your private health insurance, you do not need a referral, but you will need to provide your private health card.
For Work Cover, Bulk Billed Medicare EPC or Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) claims, a doctors referral is required. If you have consulted your GP already regarding your condition and they have given you a referral, please remember to bring that along to your appointment.
What can I expect from my Exercise Physiology appointment?
An opportunity to determine and discuss goals relating to health and exercise, with strategies to achieve these goals. Development of an individualised exercise program – home or clinic based, in a group or individual setting
Discussion and instructions on how to complete the prescribed program, instructions on correct techniques, intensity, and frequency of the exercises in your program.
A detailed written report back to your referring GP, specialist, or other health practitioner. Depending on your goals, regular monitoring in the clinic or periodic reviews and program upgrades
How is Exercise Physiology different from a Personal Trainer?
Exercise Physiology treatment is carried out in a clinical setting by university trained Accredited Exercise Physiologists who have completed at least 500 clinical hours of training. Exercise Physiologists have extensive knowledge of human anatomy, musculoskeletal injuries, cardiac disease, and other metabolic and physiological conditions. Exercise Physiologists are the experts in the field of exercise.
How is Exercise Physiology different from Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapist have a heavy emphasis on the diagnosis and assessment of disease and disability states within the body, as so much of their treatment revolves around the acute reduction of symptoms/pain. Exercise physiologists have a greater emphasis on increasing functional capacities and quality of life over a longer period of time with a focus on chronic disease management.
Physiotherapists use a lot of ‘hands-on’ treatment methods like massage to assist their patients, whereas exercise physiologist are predominantly ‘hands-off’, using only exercise to generate a therapeutic or performance outcome. Because of this collaboration of the two, success rates are much higher.
What do I need to bring to my first Exercise Physiologist appointment?
We also advise wearing comfortable clothing and appropriate closed in footwear to ensure you can exercise safely. If you are exercising in the gym please be sure to bring along a water bottle and a towel.