An exercise physiologist (EP) is an allied health professional who specialises in the benefits of exercise to help patients improve their health, well-being and function. They also specialise in the treatment of a variety of cardio-metabolic and neurological conditions through the use of exercise.
Exercise physiologists are much more than personal trainers. In order to become accredited as an EP, you must have a university degree and complete a large amount of clinical hours under the supervision of a clinical professional, much like a physiotherapist.
It might be helpful to think of EP’s taking up the space between personal trainers and physiotherapists. After an injury, you may see a physiotherapist for a certain amount of time who will prescribe you exercises and get you moving better again, but you may not feel comfortable going back to the gym yet with a full exercise program under the supervision of a PT. This is where an EP can help with specialised exercise prescription and knowledge about the body and how it moves and adapts.
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