The difference between an exercise physiologist / sports scientist / exercise scientist
According to Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA), there is a distinct difference between these three professions.
Exercise physiologist – an accredited exercise physiologist delivers exercise, lifestyle and behaviour modification programs for the prevention and management of chronic diseases and injuries. Clients may have conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, mental health problems, cancer, arthritis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and osteoporosis. They hold a 4 year degree (or equivalent).
Exercise physiologists may work in a range of settings including private or public hospitals, private practice, or contract to insurance companies.
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Sports scientist – a sports scientist specialises in assisting athletes or sporting teams to improve their performance via scientific knowledge including applied physiology, biomechanics, psychology, motor control and motor development. They work in the areas of training, injury prevention, technique analysis, nutrition, performance optimisation and recovery. Areas a sports scientist may be interested in include:
- Sprint mechanics for better performance
- Data collection software to support injury and concussion in athletes
- Sleep patterns and sports performance
- Intensive training affects sleep quality
- Mo Farah’s running technique
- Under-reporting of self-reported symptoms in athletes post-concussion
- Is static stretching effective for athletes?
- The secret to Usain Bolt’s speed may lie in synchronicity
Exercise scientist – an exercise scientist designs, implements and evaluates exercise and physical activity for healthy people, including programs for improving general health, the prevention of chronic diseases, health promotion and enhanced sports performance. They hold an undergraduate degree in exercise & sports science.
Please refer to the ESSA careers guide for more information on the differentiation between an exercise scientist, an exercise physiologist and a sports scientist. .
Where are the courses?
ATAR / OP for exercise science and exercise physiology
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How much money do exercise professionals earn?
ESSA’s 2012 workforce survey suggested that the average full time wage for an exercise & sports science professional was around $60,000 to $70,000.
Career information from professional associations
Click here to go to the Exercise & Sports Science Australia careers guide.