The Field of Exercise Physiology

There are many aspects of being an exercise physiology major. The field of exercise physiology has always interested me, but I was never sure about what career path I would choose. This year has really given me a better understanding of what path I would like to pursue. I really wanted to be an occupational therapist, but shortly after decided that I wanted to be a physical therapist. According to Writing, the annual salary for a physical therapist is in a range from $70,000-$100,000 (2010).

I wanted a career that would keep me stable financially and this had that benefit. I also thought since I enjoy interacting with the public and seemed to have an interest in the rehabilitation process that this would be a perfect fit for me. However, this year I finally discovered that I did not want to do either of these careers. I want to attend graduate school and obtain a masters degree in exercise physiology or kinesiology. I came to this conclusion after taking advice from my professors.

I realized that this career path offered many benefits like summers, weekends, and holidays off from school. After I obtain a masters degree in either exercise physiology or kinesiology, I would like to obtain my doctorate degree. I would like to obtain this degree to expand my knowledge of these fields and an increase in salary is always an advantage. I really admire the professors I have here at the university and they have inspired me to choose this career path.

My main goal is to teach at a university and help students decide what it is that they want to do when they graduate with that exercise physiology degree. I have done research and most master’s degree programs for exercise physiology and kinesiology are two years. Besides the career path that I chose for the field of exercise physiology, there are many professional organizations that are very important to the field. The first organization is the ASEP (American Society of Exercise Physiologists). The ASEP is a professional organization representing the profession of exercise physiology.

It is committed to the professional development of exercise physiology, and the credibility of exercise physiologists. There is only one requirement to become an ASEP member; you must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology.

There are many goals and objectives to being a member of the ASEP. According to Boone, the most important objectives are: to provide a powerful, unified forum and opportunity for exercise physiologists to present and discuss current research in exercise physiology, to promote and encourage the exchange of ideas and information regarding all phases of exercise physiology, to promote advancement of teaching and research in exercise physiology within the academic environment, to encourage implement undergraduate and graduate education programs to meet the diverse interests and career opportunities in exercise physiology.

To promote the growth and application of the highest quality research and professional application of exercise physiology in health promotion, disease prevention, rehabilitation, and sport fitness and training, and to promote development and exchange of scientific information between ASEP and other professional organizations with an interest in exercise physiology (2012).

This is an organization I would like to be a part of. The second organization is called the ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine). The ACSM was the first organization to certify health fitness professionals.

They are the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world. The ACSM offers certification in group exercise instructor, personal trainer, health fitness specialist, clinical exercise specialist, clinical exercise physiologist, cancer exercise trainer, and inclusive fitness trainer.

The one area that is becoming the topic of conversation in the ACSM is cardiovascular rehabilitation. According to Roitman, CVR programs are no longer just exercise programs, but should also include comprehensive, evidence-based interventions to decrease risk of recurrent events, control symptoms, and, above all, to influence health behavior changes that lower risk factors (2012).

Roitman also states: “The American College of Sports Medicine and the American Heart Association jointly published a set of Performance Measures related to CVR and are hoping to add a certification in this area. ” The ACSM is the most popular of the three organizations. The last organization is the NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association). It was founded in 1978 by several strength coaches around the world. Their mission was to unite the profession of strength and conditioning.

This association has over 30,000 members from several countries. They support and disseminate research based on knowledge and its practical application to improve athletic performance and fitness. The NSCA is still growing with many other associations.

They also offer The Strength and Conditioning Journal. This is the professional journal for strength coaches, personal trainers, physical therapists, athletic trainers, and other health professionals working in the strength and conditioning field. In conclusion, I am very happy with the decision I made to major in exercise physiology. I believe it offers a lot of options for me when it comes to choosing my career path and going to graduate school to obtain a masters degree in exercise physiology or kinesiology. There are three important organizations: ASEP, ACSM, and the NSCA. They are all organizations that would be vital to join in the future.

I believe they offer insight and new advancements in the exercise world. I am anxious to see where the world of exercise physiology will take me. Bibliography Boone, T. (2012). Journal of Exercise Physiology. ASEP, 14(4), Retrieved from http://faculty. css. edu/tboone2/asep/JEPonlineAUGUST2012. html Roitman, J. (2012). Cardiovascular rehabilitation in the new millennium.

ACSM, Retrieved from http://www. acsm. org/access-public-information/articles/2012/01/19/cardiovascular-rehabilitation-in-the-new-millennium. html Writing, A. (2010). Annual salary of a physical therapist. Retrieved from http://www. ehow. com/about_5382834_annual-salary-physical-therapist. html