What does a Exercise Physiologist do?
An exercise physiologist works with patients by developing programs to help treat a patient’s problems with composition issues, flexibility problems, and chronic disorders. They use multiple ways of physical activity to help patient’s improve chronic health conditions and overcome injuries, such as, cardiovascular function, flexibility and body composition.
They treat illnesses, muscle and bone injuries and other problem areas and practice ways to prevent injuries or to recover from the problems by creating appropriate regiments or programs for them.
How to become a Exercise Physiologist
A bachelor’s degree is required in science, biology, anatomy, physiology and nutrition and health-related courses. It is suggested one attends a university with an accreditation by the Commission of Accreditation of Athletic Training Education or the Committee of Accreditation for Exercise Science in order to receive the required certification to obtain a license to practice in your state after earning your degree.
Job Description of a Exercise Physiologist
An exercise physiologist specializes in the treatment of bone and muscle injuries and chronic illness in both, recovery and prevention of injuries. They analyze the patient’s physical injuries or illnesses and assist them to move toward recovery by advising them in how best to improve or avoid injuries in future. They also encourage and educate a patient in ways to remain healthy and physically fit, as well as, advising parents and coaches in preventative measures to avoid injury.
When a situation arises that require emergency care or first aid, the athletic trainer can evaluate and care for the injured person, as well as, knowing if a patient would need further treatment from a physician. He or she travels with athletic teams to sports events in order to be able to assist an athlete in the event of injury and provide preventative care by using tape, braces and bandages to wrists, ankles or fingers. They clear the athlete to play if they have been previously injured and report the progress of recovery to coaches or doctors.
An exercise physiologist works together, when necessary, with physicians to develop a more thorough rehabilitation regiment for a patient’s injury or illness. They maintain accurate records of any patient on the injury, treatment and progress for further reference. They use tools in their occupation, such as, splints, elliptical trainers, exercise bikes, pelvis or back traction supplies, facial shields and both, heat and cold therapy.
One should be knowledgable in medicine, therapy and counseling, biology and customer and personal services. They should be skilled in critical thinking, social perceptiveness and instructing. They need the ability to communicate clearly, both in writing and orally, and be an active listener to what is being communicated to them. They should be able to make decisions and solve problems among other abilities.
Athletic trainers and exercise physiologist can be found working in multiple environments, such as, colleges and universities, or others may work in doctor’s offices or professional sports teams, hospitals, university laboratories or outpatient clinics. The Bureau of Labor Statistics project a 19 percent growth in 2012-2022 in this career field.