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Exercise Physiology

The roots of Exercise Physiology began in post-war Sweden, where physiologists Christensen, Astrand and Rodahl began to determine the body’s ability to function physiologically under stress rather than at rest.  Many Swedish scientists provided the backbone of research for present day knowledge, by studying people in various work environments.  By extension, exercise became included in these studies.  Eventually, it became easier to study the biochemical, metabolic, cardiovascular and musculoskeletal systems in a standardized laboratory setting, where independent variables such as humidity, temperature, and work load could be controlled.

Performing an exercise in the water

Muscle is the basic instrument of mobility for humans and has an incredible capacity to perform.  Its adaptability is second to none when it comes to other tissues in the body.  Indeed, the metabolic process of the muscle can be increased fifty fold and therefore plays a significant role in the rehabilitation process regardless of disease or injury.

According to the American Society of Exercise Physiologists:
“Exercise Physiology is the identification of physiological mechanisms underlying physical activity, the comprehensive delivery of treatment services concerned with the analysis, improvement, and maintenance of health and fitness, rehabilitation of heart disease and other chronic disease and/or disabilities…”

Exercise Physiology  is a self-regulated industry, which follows the medical ethics of health care providers.  It requires a Masters or Doctoral level of academic training.  Those who work in the health care market may have training that includes: pharmacology, nutrition, cardiac rehabilitation, sports medicine, pathophysiology, and/or orthopedic assessment.  Studying multi-system functions under stress (exercise), the Exercise Physiologist is an ideal candidate to work in an active rehabilitation setting, preparing the individual for the intricacies of their own work physiology.