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What To Expect In An Initial Assessment With An Exercise Physiologist?

Updated: Jun 29, 2023

When you decide to take control of your health and start exercising, seeking professional help can be a great first step. An Exercise Physiologist (EP) is a healthcare professional who specialises in exercise prescription and rehabilitation. They are experts in tailoring exercise programs to meet individual needs and goals, taking into consideration any health conditions or injuries.

If you have never been to an initial assessment with an exercise physiologist before, it can be helpful to know what to expect. In this article, we will discuss what typically happens during an initial assessment with an exercise physiologist at Move 2 Thrive Clinic and how it can benefit you.

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Getting to Know You

During the initial consultation, the EP will start by getting to know you and your health history. They will ask you questions about your lifestyle, your medical history, any medications you may be taking, and any injuries or health conditions you may have. This information will help your EP to understand your current health status and tailor an exercise program to meet your needs.

Your EP will also ask you about your exercise history, if any, and any previous experiences with exercise. They will also inquire about any challenges or barriers that you may have faced in the past with exercise or physical activity.


Setting Goals

Once your EP has a good understanding of your health status, they will work with you to set realistic and achievable goals. These goals may include improving cardiovascular health, increasing strength and flexibility, or managing a health condition such as diabetes or arthritis. Your EP will take into consideration your current fitness level, your lifestyle, and any medical conditions or injuries you may have when setting your goals.

It is essential to set goals that are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound (SMART). For example, a SMART goal could be to improve your cardiovascular fitness by 10% in six months by participating in regular aerobic exercise such as walking, cycling or swimming.

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Physical Assessment

After setting goals, your EP will perform a physical assessment. This assessment may include measuring your blood pressure, heart rate, and body composition. Your EP will also assess your strength, flexibility, and endurance with the latest technology to get a baseline of your current fitness level.

The physical assessment may also include specific tests that are relevant to your goals. For example, if your goal is to improve your balance, your EP may perform a balance assessment to determine your current balance level and identify any areas of weakness.



Exercise Prescription

Based on the information gathered during the consultation and physical assessment, your EP will prescribe an exercise program tailored to your needs and goals. This program may include aerobic exercise, strength training, flexibility exercises, and balance training. Your EP will explain each exercise and how to perform it correctly to avoid injury.

It is crucial to note that exercise prescription should be individualised to each person's needs and goals. Your EP will consider your fitness level, medical history, and any injuries or health conditions when designing your exercise program. Your EP will also take into consideration your personal preferences, time constraints, and equipment availability when designing your program.


Your EP will provide you with a detailed plan outlining the exercises, sets, reps, and rest periods for each exercise. They will also provide you with instructions on how to monitor your progress and adjust your program as needed.


Follow-Up

After the initial consultation, your EP will schedule follow-up appointments to track your progress and adjust your exercise program as needed. These follow-up appointments may include physical assessments to track changes in your fitness level, as well as adjustments to your exercise program to keep you challenged and motivated.

It is essential to attend all scheduled follow-up appointments to ensure that you are progressing towards your goals and making any necessary adjustments to your exercise program.


Benefits of an Initial Consultation with an Exercise Physiologist

There are several benefits to attending an initial consultation with an EP. Firstly, an EP can help you develop a safe and effective exercise program that is tailored to your individual needs and goals. This personalised approach ensures that you are not wasting time doing exercises that are not beneficial to you and helps to reduce the risk of injury.

Secondly, an EP can help you stay motivated and accountable. By setting goals and regularly monitoring your progress, you are more likely to stick to your exercise program and achieve your goals. Additionally, having an expert to answer your questions and provide guidance can help you overcome any challenges or barriers you may face when exercising.

Thirdly, an EP can help you manage any health conditions or injuries. By taking into consideration your medical history and any health conditions or injuries you may have, an EP can design an exercise program that is safe and beneficial for you. For example, if you have arthritis, your EP may prescribe exercises that are low-impact and focus on improving joint mobility.

Finally, attending an initial consultation with an EP can help you gain knowledge and confidence in your ability to exercise. By providing you with a detailed exercise plan and explaining each exercise, your EP can help you feel more comfortable and confident when exercising on your own.


Conclusion

An initial consultation with an Exercise Physiologist at Move 2 Thrive Clinic is an excellent first step when starting an exercise program. During your consultation, your EP will get to really know you and your health history, set realistic and achievable goals, perform a physical assessment, prescribe an exercise program tailored to your needs and goals, and schedule follow-up appointments to track your progress.

Attending an initial consultation with an EP has several benefits, including developing a safe and effective exercise program, staying motivated and accountable, managing health conditions or injuries, and gaining knowledge and confidence in your ability to exercise. By seeking professional help from an EP, you are taking an important step towards improving your health and well-being.


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