Exercise physiology is a specialization within the field of kinesiology. Similar to Kinesiologists, Exercise Physiologists study the movement of the body, but then, delve further into the physiological responses with physical exercise. An Exercise Physiologist studies the effects of exercise on the body and how it can help in acute responses and chronic conditions.
The line of work of exercise physiology can vary greatly. The profession can include training elite athletes, helping someone on a weight loss journey, or rehabilitation individuals suffering from chronic illnesses.
In Canada, the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology (CSEP) offers a profession standards program where professionals can become Certified Exercise Physiologists (CEP). The following job outline from CSEP is as follows:
A CSEP-CEP professional can perform assessments, prescribe conditioning exercise, as well as exercise supervision, counseling and healthy lifestyle education in apparently healthy individuals and/or populations with medical conditions, functional limitations or disabilities associated with musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary, metabolic, neuromuscular, and ageing conditions.