Chapter 15

Professionalization and Healthcare

Tommy Boone


Exercise physiologists should focus on the professionalization of exercise physiology by supporting the American Society of Exercise Physiologists (ASEP), particularly in regards to their role in prescribing exercise medicine? Secondly, the non-academic community of non-doctorate exercise physiologists must provide a stronger voice for exercise physiology as a healthcare profession. It is important that exercise physiologists should focus on healthcare employment, and they must be taught the exercise physiologists’ code of ethics and professional standards. For the profession of exercise physiology to become equal to physical therapy and other healthcare professions, members must help ensure that professionalism is at the core of the academic curriculum. The exercise prescription must be properly prescribed with specificity to promote positive outcomes and reduce complications. Age-related changes in human organ subsystems can be improved by regular exercise, but only if it is safely administered by ASEP Board Certified Exercise Physiologists.

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