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Accredited Exercise Physiologist At Sydney Muscle & Joint Clinic Penrith

What Is An Accredited Exercise Physiologist?

What is an accredited exercise physiologist?

Accredited exercise physiologists (AEPs) are university qualified and recognised allied health professionals displaying a diverse range of knowledge and skills  in the scope of exercise delivery. Accredited exercise physiologists are equipped with the knowledge, skills and competencies to design, deliver and evaluate safe and effective exercise interventions for people with acute, sub-acute or chronic medical conditions, injuries or disabilities. At Sydney Muscle & Joint Clinic Penrith our exercise physiology approach involves a thorough assessment and impairment based interventions.


Accredited exercise physiologists specialise in clinical exercise interventions for a broad range of pathological populations, rather than for general health and fitness. Patients that use an accredited exercise physiologists may be at risk of developing, or have existing, medical conditions and injuries, with the aims of exercise physiology led interventions to prevent or manage acute, sub-acute or chronic disease or injury, and assist in restoring one’s optimal physical function, health or wellness.


Accredited exercise physiologists use interventions that are primarily exercise-based and include health and physical activity education, advice and support for lifestyle modification with a strong focus on achieving behavioural change.

Scope of practice of an accredited exercise physiologist

The foundational scope of practice that the governing body for accredited exercise physiologists (ESSA) accepts as reasonable for accredited exercise physiologists includes:


  • Screening, assessing and applying clinical reasoning to ensure the safety and appropriateness of exercise and physical activity interventions, which includes conducting tests of physiological measures.

  • Assessing movement capacity in people of all ages and levels of health, well-being or fitness.

  • Development of safe, effective individualised exercise interventions based on specific impairments related to your diagnosis/pathology.

  • Provision of health education, advice and support to enhance health and well-being including nutritional advice in line with national nutrition guidelines and information on relevant prescribed medicines.

  • Provision of exercise intervention and education for those at risk of developing a chronic condition or injury.

  • Provision of clinical exercise prescription, for those with existing chronic and complex medical conditions and injuries.

  • Provision of exercise-based rehabilitation and advice for patients in the acute/sub-acute stage of injury, surgical intervention, or during recovery to restore functional capacity and well-being.

Common conditions treated by accredited exercise physiologists

  • Musculoskeletal: including but not limited to osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, low back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, rotator cuff related shoulder pain, acute, and sub-acute and chronic specific and non-specific musculoskeletal pain / injuries /disabilities.

  • Cardiovascular: including but not limited to ischaemic heart disease (IHD) / acute myocardial infarction (AMI), chronic heart failure (CHF), arrhythmias and pacemakers, hypertension, peripheral artery disease (PAD), and valve disease.

  • Metabolic: including but not limited to overweight and obesity, metabolic syndrome, dyslipidaemias (acquired and familial), Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes, sleep apnoea, and polycystic ovarian syndrome.

  • Respiratory/Pulmonary: including but not limited to asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary / airways disease, and cystic fibrosis.

  • Cancer: including but not limited to breast cancer, prostate cancer and bowel cancer.

  • Kidney: including but not limited to chronic kidney disease (CKD) stages 1-5, common aetiologies – diabetic nephropathy, hypertensive nephropathy, polycystic kidney disease, long-term medication use, infectious kidney disease, acute kidney failure (reversible), and end stage kidney disease.

  • Mental Health: including but not limited to anxiety disorders, affective disorders, psychotic disorders and trauma, and stressors related disorders.

  • Neurological/Neuromuscular: including but not limited to stroke (CVA), Spinal Cord Injury (SCI), Parkinson’s disease, Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), dementia, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

Active ageing and #oldnotweak

An additional key interest for our Penrith based accredited exercise physiologists at Sydney Muscle & Joint Clinic includes:


Active ageing- Being a member of Active Ageing Australia means Sydney Muscle & Joint Clinic is also dedicated to supporting older Australians to stay active and independent. Evidence tells us that physical activity is medicine for older adults. Improved physical abilities delay or eliminate the onset of disability, dependence, chronic disease and prevent falls and also can reduce your age-related decline. Older adults have the ability change their health and independence and just because one is old does not mean you are weak.


At Sydney Muscle & Joint Clinic Penrith our accredited exercise physiologists work together with our physiotherapy team and with our local chiropractor to ensure collaboration and refining of our evidence based assessment and treatment approach.

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An Accurate Diagnosis

At Sydney Muscle & Joint Physio Penrith we believe in an accurate assessment to understanding your condition/injury and what tissue is painful and irritable.

Associated Impairments

At Sydney Muscle & Joint Physio Penrith we link your diagnosis or condition to specific impairments, which helps you get the best prognosis, treatment and outcome.

Techniques Proven To Work

At Sydney Muscle & Joint Physio Penrith our philosophy is entrenched in evidence based practice, which means you'll get treatments proven to work.

One on One Private Room

At Sydney Muscle & Joint Physio Penrith your treatment is one on one and in a private room. We don't treat multiple people at once, nor do we have curtains.

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