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What is the difference between Exercise Science and Exercise Physiology?

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Exercise Science and Exercise Physiology are both university degrees that give practitioners an advanced scope into the effects of exercise on the body. In this blog we explore the rigorous training and specialisation that differentiates Exercise Science and Exercise Physiology, along with their distinctive applications within our clinic.

Exercise Science: Rehabilitation and performance

At SportsPlus Physiotherapy, our dedicated team of Strength and Conditioning Coaches boast degrees in Exercise Science. To become a qualified Exercise Scientist, you must complete a 3 or 4 year university program specialising in either Exercise and Sports Science or Human Movement Studies. These programs provide comprehensive knowledge in the design, implementation, and evaluation of exercise and physical activity.

How our Exercise Scientists (AKA Strength and Conditioning Coaches) can help you:

  • Crafting Tailored Strategies: Our Strength and Conditioning coaches bring precision to wellness by designing interventions that align with the health and fitness goals of the general population. Armed with a knowledge of physiology and current research, they pave the way to prevent chronic diseases and enhance overall well-being.
  • Enhancing Athletic Excellence: Beyond everyday fitness, our S+C Coaches are experts in developing athletic ability by increasing strength speed and power. Our expert coaches contribute to the sporting realm by optimising athletic performance through scientific strategies that make a tangible impact.

Exercise Physiologists: Health Optimisation and Transformation
In our clinic, our Exercise Physiologists are the masterminds behind holistic health transformation. With a minimum of 4 years of tertiary education, they are recognised as qualified allied health professionals. The extra year of study is focused on a more clinical population and their specialisation lies in the delivery of exercise, lifestyle, and behavior modification programs tailored for the prevention and management of chronic diseases and injuries.

How our Exercise Physiologists can help you:

  • A Multifaceted Approach: Our Exercise Physiologists are adept at tackling a diverse range of conditions, offering tailored physical activity and behaviour change support programs. From cardiovascular diseases and diabetes to depression and musculoskeletal injuries, they utilise exercise as a potent tool for healing.
  • Allied Health Allies: Accredited by ESSA (Exercise and Sports Science Australia), our Exercise Physiologists are recognised as allied health professionals. Their credentials facilitate access to Medicare Australia, The Department of Veteran Affairs, Work Cover, and numerous insurers, ensuring comprehensive healthcare support. Private health often covers Exercise Physiology.

The Fusion of Expertise at SportsPlus Physiotherapy

While each discipline offers a unique insight, they harmoniously converge within our clinic toward a shared objective: elevating the health and well-being of individuals.

Custom-Fit Expertise: At SportsPlus Physiotherapy, our diverse team encompasses Performance Coaches with Exercise Science Degrees as well as Exercise Physiologists, ensuring the right practitioner to match your goals.

Empowered Wellness: Whether you seek to understand movement mechanics, manage chronic conditions, or embark on a personalised fitness journey, SportsPlus Physiotherapy is your compass to navigate the world of fitness and well-being.

As you embark on your personal fitness journey, remember that Exercise Science and Exercise Physiology intertwine within the nurturing embrace of SportsPlus Physiotherapy. Each discipline contributes its unique thread to the grand tapestry of well-being, ensuring your path to a healthier, fitter you is guided by expertise and care.

If you have more questions about who might be the best fit for you, get in contact with our admin team and we can help with more information.

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