1 x 1-hour tutorial weekly
1 x 2-hour laboratory weekly
1 x 1-hour on-line exercises weekly
1 x 1-hour on-line lecture weekly
1 Admission into MCEXP-Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology
1a Admission into BEXSMCEXP-Bachelor of Exercise Science, Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology
Must Satisfy: ((1 or 1a))
Assumed knowledge
Provide First Aid Certificate and CPR course.
Assignment, Examination, Test, Practical work
Topic description

In this topic, students will learn how to interpret and use referral information. Students will conduct health and exercise-related screening, assessments and interventions in core areas of clinical exercise physiology (CEP) practice including cardiorespiratory rehabilitation; chronic disease management; healthy ageing/aged care; injury management and occupational rehabilitation.

Students will apply evidence-based approaches to appropriately select, modify and administer a range of general and population-specific health and exercise assessments and interventions within a clinical context.

The pathological and pathophysiological bases of core areas of CEP practice will be examined. This includes the interactions between exercise and acute, subacute and chronic conditions and implications for safe and effective exercise prescription and monitoring.

Emphasis will be placed on the demonstration of critical thinking, evidence-based decision-making, and professional clinical practice.

Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • Apply the principles of health/exercise-related screening, assessment and interventions for a broad range of medical conditions
  • Apply evidence-based practice to design and translate into practice, safe and ethical, exercise interventions for clients from diverse clinical populations
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the principles of body mechanics and functional capacity to enable proper selection and performance of clinical/functional status assessment of individuals with common disease and injury conditions
  2. Successfully choose and perform health-related assessments (including health screening, functional/physiological tests) to determine clinical/functional status and thus safe and effective exercise limits of individuals presenting with common disease and injury conditions
  3. Interpret and apply relevant data/information derived from health-related exercise or functional/physiological tests and medical history/referral information to formulate comprehensive client histories that consider contraindications to exercise
  4. Demonstrate effective verbal and written communication of exercise/functional assessment interpretation with clients, referrer and other relevant stakeholders
  5. Describe and recognise exercise-related bio-psychological risk and aggravating factors for a variety of common or priority pathologies and comorbidities
  6. Describe and recognise common adverse signs and symptoms arising during exercise or recovery from exercise in common and priority pathological conditions
  7. Successfully design and modify individual exercise programs/health-related assessments based on a patient’s disease state, exercise and functional capacity, duties or workplace setting/requirements, and psycho-social constraints
  8. Critically assess the stages of disease, risk factors, and potential complications and comorbidities influencing individualised exercise treatments
  9. Analyse and evaluate the evidence surrounding the efficacy/effect of differential exercise dose to improve physiological, psychological and pathological indicators in common and priority health conditions