What is an Exercise Physiologist?

Exercise physiologists are Australia’s most qualified exercise professionals with a minimum of 4 years of university training. Registered with Medicare, Exercise physiologists are allied health professionals qualified to prescribe exercise for specific conditions, deliver lifestyle and behaviour coaching and provide basic nutritional advice.

Exercise Physiologists…

  • Use clinical exercise prescription to treat and manage chronic disease and complex medical conditions including the management of persons on multiple medications.
  • Provide exercise therapy for musculoskeletal (muscle bone and joint) problems such as injuries, osteoporosis and arthritis.
  • Provide surgery prehabilitation (pre surgery exercise therapy) and rehabilitation (post surgery exercise therapy) for: spinal fusions, knee and hip surgery, joint reconstructions, & more.
  • Provide exercise therapy for women’s health including pre and post natal issues.
  • Treatment and management for chronic pain conditions including fibromyalgia and back pain.
  • Treatment and management for mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety and PTSD.
  • Exercise physiologists additionally work with apparently healthy individuals and athletes to provide quality cardiovascular and strength programming and training.

How is a Physiotherapist different to an Exercise Physiologist?

Physiotherapists work with a range of people suffering from physical problems such as injury, illness and ageing. They diagnose musculoskeletal conditions and use a variety of treatments such as manipulations, massage and exercise to alleviate and manage acute pain, restore function & mobility and reduce affects of physical dysfunctions. Depending on the particular physiotherapists qualifications, they may work with sporting populations or other. Generally once a person has received acute care from a physiotherapist they will be referred on to an exercise physiologist for ongoing or chronic care treatment and management.


How is a Personal Trainer different to an Exercise Physiologist??

Personal trainers are qualified to provide fitness training and programs to apparently healthy individuals only. Personal trainers vary in their qualifications, training and experience, however must hold a Certificate III and IV in Fitness. These qualifications do not provide the skills or knowledge to deliver exercise or advice to high risk individuals such as those with injuries, chronic disease, those who are morbidly obese, or have other medical issues.

Certificate III in Fitness: This is the entry level fitness qualification in Australia, and the minimum qualification held by group, aqua and gym program instructors. It includes approximately 30 hours of training.

Certificate IV in Fitness provides the qualification to deliver personal exercise training (plan, conduct and evaluate exercise training; provide leadership and guidance) to apparently healthy individuals or groups. It includes approximately 100 hours of study and practical experience.

Personal trainers may hold a range of other fitness or related qualifications in specific types of training such as yoga, HIIT, boxing, martial arts to name a few.



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