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What is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist?

24 Jun 2016
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An Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) holds a four-year equivalent university degree and specialises in exercise and movement for the prevention and management of chronic diseases and injuries.

AEPs provide support and guidance for people with:

  • Obesity
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Diabetes
  • Osteoporosis and Arthritis
  • Mental Health Conditions
  • Cancer and Cancer treatment recovery
  • Chronic pain and fatigue
  • Pre- and Post-natal exercise
  • Post-surgical rehabilitation (ACL reconstruction, Hip/Knee replacement)
  • Neuromuscular Exercise Therapy (Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy, Parkinson’s Disease)
  • Pulmonary Disease and many more.

How are AEPs different from Personal Trainers?

Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEPs) are university trained and have undertaken extensive training to treat clients with chronic conditions. AEPs do, however, also treat those without any known conditions and help map out long term plans that help you achieve better health and prevent conditions such as diabetes and cancer.

How are AEPs different from Physiotherapists?

AEPs and Physiotherapists are both allied health professionals, however AEPs primary focus is to use exercise to prevent, manage and treat complex medical conditions. AEPs will utilise their skills in exercise prescription, combined with their training in behaviour change, to assist clients to manage their health independently.

How are AEPs different to other health and fitness professionals?

The key differences are:

  • They undertake strict accreditation requirements
  • They are eligible to register with Medicare Australia, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and WorkCover and are recognised by most private health insurers
  • They can treat and work with all types of people, from those who simply want to improve their health and wellbeing to those experiencing a chronic illness.
  • Their possession of extensive knowledge, skills and experience in clinical exercise delivery and their ability to provide health modification counselling for people with chronic disease and injury.

To book in to see our Accredited Exercise Physiologists, please call 1300 858 774 or email contact@recoversportsmed.com.au

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Memberships and Associations
  • APPI Pilates
  • Dietitians Association of Australia
  • Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians
  • Australasian Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine
  • Sports Dietitians Australia
  • Australian Physiotherpay Association
  • Sports Medicine Australia
  • Australian Association of Massage Therapists
  • Medicare
  • Worksafe
  • Myotherapy Association Australia
  • Australian Podiatry Association (Vic.)
  • Polestar Pilates Australia
  • The Australian Psychological Society
  • Exercise and Sports Science Australia
  • Department of Veteran's Affairs