What is clinical exercise physiology all about?

Exercise. We hear about it every day, in the media, reality TV shows, social media articles, and magazines, just to name a few. Looking after your health and finding the right type of exercise to suit your lifestyle and goals can often be difficult - especially if you have one or multiple health conditions that affect your choices and ability. Cue the accredited exercise physiologist.

My name is Natalie and I am a fourth year clinical exercise physiology student. You may be wondering what exactly an accredited exercise physiologist is and what they do? Well to simplify things, they are allied health providers who specialise in exercise prescription for individuals with a variety of clinical health conditions, as well as work with healthy populations. To find out more about the role of an accredited exercise physiologist check out, Six things you may not know about accredited exercise physiologists.

Currently, I am undertaking my third and final six-week practicum placement at Bodytrack Exercise Physiology in Toowong, Brisbane. This practicum focuses on musculoskeletal and neurological populations and the role exercise can play in helping prevent, manage and treat conditions in this population.

I have been privileged to be supervised by accredited exercise physiologists with over 10 years of industry experience; they too studied clinical exercise physiology at UQ! A typical practicum day involves working with my supervisors to develop and deliver exercise programs to individual clients and group sessions, as well as helping to conduct initial and final assessments. I have been exposed to a wide variety of conditions, ranging from common musculoskeletal pathologies such as osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and lower back pain to more uncommon conditions such Parkinson’s Disease. I have worked with clients who range in age from 11 to 74 years and each client definitely brings their own unique personality and life story with them.

Being placed in a client-centred and well-renowned business such as Bodytrack Exercise Physiology has helped develop my clinical reasoning and collaborative skills. It has also allowed me to apply the theoretical and practical knowledge that I have gained through my previous three and a half years of lectures, practicum classes and tutorials at UQ. Completing this practicum has also helped me to fully understand how an accredited exercise physiologist can work with other allied health professionals to develop the optimal treatment plan for individuals both now and into the future.  As the final weeks of my final practicum come to a close, I cannot wait to see what career opportunities present themselves in the future after completing my studies.

If you are interested in becoming an accredited exercise physiologist through study at UQ check the Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology study page.


Last updated:
16 January 2017