This is a book for all Exercise Physiologists and those who want to adopt this profession. We
are at a unique time in history, where our technological advances have led to a sedentary
lifestyle. Society has adapted to a lack of physical exertion which is killing thousands of men
and women of all ages. Although our science had started by analyzing human performance
and ways to enhance it through the exercise stimulus, but Dr. Boone shows us that the
stimulus is now a medicine to treat epidemic proportions of preventable and manageable
diseases and disabilities.
ASEP’s Exercise Medicine Text for Exercise Physiologists is a timely resource for our
profession. Dr. Tommy Boone’s commitment to the professionalization of Exercise
Physiology is evident in his contribution to academic and practicing Exercise Physiologists.
For the academic, he presents a valuable tool for teachers to help students in seeing the
connection between the hands-on laboratory experiences and the physiological assessments of
their future clients and patients. The use of regression equations helps in the interpretation and
prescription of exercise medicine. This book reinforces the necessary understanding that an
accredited education provides both the knowledge and credentials to be a healthcare
Also, for those who have graduated with a degree under the umbrella of exercise sciences, it
offers a justification for aligning oneself with the American Society of Exercise Physiologists
and pursuing the ASEP Board Certification. This text explains what is expected from a
healthcare professional and shows us that ASEP has established itself in that process. Dr.
Boone also explains that we have even more work to do. The sooner we come together the
sooner our professional opportunities and acceptance will recognized by society. He supports
all of this with a wealth of research healthcare statistics that proves a need for a consolidated
and accountable Profession of Exercise Physiologists.
Through his work with ASEP, he has given us our professional platform and with this new
exercise medicine text, he has given us a treasure for professional practice. This text takes the
reader through the meaning of “Professionalism of Exercise Physiology”, “Exercise
Medicine”, and “Entrepreneurship” as each relates to the need for new thinking about chronic
diseases, disabilities, and the future of Exercise Physiology as a healthcare profession.
PhysioLogic Human Performance Systems
Unfortunately, watching TV, surfing the Internet, and sitting for long hours have replaced more active pursuits. Millions of Americans are simply not moving enough to meet the minimum threshold for good health and longevity. Exercise physiologists have researched and highlighted this fact for decades. That is why they emphasize the importance of regular exercise in the prevention of chronic diseases associated with physical inactivity and a sedentary lifestyle. Heart disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, peripheral arterial disease, depression, several types of cancers, and osteoporosis can be treated or even prevented with properly prescribed exercise.
ASEP’s Exercise Medicine Text for Exercise Physiologists is designed to educate the reader about the evolution and significance of professionalism in exercise physiology, exercise medicine, and entrepreneurship as each relates to the need for new thinking about chronic diseases, disabilities, and the future of exercise physiology as a healthcare profession. It combines scientific principles and cardiovascular calculations that support its use in the development of safe, well-rounded, and individualized exercise programs to help clients/patients sleep better, reduce stress, maintain a healthy body weight, keep bones strong and joints healthy, decrease the risk for colon cancer, and improve mental function. This work demonstrates the importance of exercise medicine. It should help pave the way for the support and recognition of Exercise Physiologists in healthcare.
American Society of Exercise Physiologists
CONFLICT OF INTEREST
The author confirms that author has no conflict of interest to declare for this publication.
The text ASEP’s Exercise Medicine Text for Exercise Physiologists by Dr. Tommy Boone is a text well ahead of its time. The term Exercise Medicine infers the use of exercise as a modality in the prevention and/or the treatment of health related diseases. Dr. Boone has comprised material pertaining to specific pathologies and shows the association of specific exercise for prevention and treatment. Part 1 introduces the reader to the concept of utilizing exercise as a preventative measure to health and disease prevention. In addition, exercise testing is brought to light as a diagnostic tool for establishing indicators of disease. Part 2 is a comprehensive guide to specific pathologies, epidemiological components, tests and prescriptions that encapsulate the idea of utilizing exercise medicine in the prevention and treatment of the aforementioned pathologies. In this regard, this text is the only known guide that lays out the concept of Exercise Medicine as a method of disease prevention and treatment. Additionally, Dr. Boone goes on to outline Exercise Physiology as a business model. He does this by showing how Exercise Physiology is an allied Health Profession, the benefits and costs associated with utilizing Exercise Medicine and the application of entrepreneurship in the profession of Exercise Physiology. These final concepts are very well established in Part 3 of this text. Overall, this is a text that could be used in both the classroom and clinic as it guides the reader toward the application of Exercise Medicine.
Dr. Frank B. Wyatt, EPC, FASEP
Department of Athletic Training & Exercise Physiology
Robert D. & Carol Gunn College of Health Sciences & Human Services
Midwestern State University, Texas, USA