Medical exercise physiologists work in fields related to the study of health and the body. They often meet with patients to understand their needs and wishes and review their medical histories, and are generally responsible for conducting diagnostic procedures like exercise stress tests to evaluate patients' health. They may also suggest exercise programs for patients while discussing all potential risks, and some even teach classes and conduct research for projects.
Dedication to improving patients' health is the basis of this work, and medical exercise physiologists are responsible for ensuring that all patients become healthier through whichever tasks have been assigned to that physiologist. Advising patients about nutrition and ongoing exercise regimens may also be part of the job, and these physiologists may work independently or in groups with other medical professionals.
A Master's degree in a medical field and a Voluntary Exercise Physiologist Certified (EPC) credential are generally required for this position, and these physiologists must be committed to bettering the health of all patients who are in need of help. They may work long hours in order to complete all objectives and ensure that all patients consistently improve in health.
Medical Exercise Physiologist Tasks
Recommend, instruct and monitor use of exercise equipment by patient.
Conduct assessment, analysis and treatment plan.
Perform rehabilitation services for chronic illness, disability or health related fitness.
Counsel and educate patient to meet fitness and treatment plan goals.