Exercise Physiology: Professional Issues, Organizational Concerns, and Ethical Trends

Author: Boone, Tommy
This book describes the founding and importance of the American Society of Exercise Physiologists (ASEP). It explores the professional issues, organizational concerns, and ethical trends that all exercise physiologists face. A significant purpose of this study is to continue the changes in exercise physiology and the expected professional results for decades to come. This book also emphasizes the work of the ASEP leadership in creating the professional infrastructure for exercise physiology.


“Dr. Tommy Boone ranks near the top among the leaders in exercise physiology. He has provided exceptional inspiration and guidance for colleagues and students in exercise physiology for over 30 years. His credentials [and publications] reflect his passionate commitment to the field and his years of teaching at five different colleges and universities in the United States … Through ASEP, academic programs in exercise physiology can now be accredited and individual exercise physiologists can be certified by sitting for a national certification exam. These major steps toward the professional development of exercise physiology have been achieved largely through the forward thinking and enduring efforts of Dr. Boone. Yet despite what has been accomplished, much work still needs to be done. This text is part of his continuing work on behalf of exercise physiology. Indeed, all exercise physiologists and students of exercise physiology should read this book, perhaps more than once. As more and more exercise physiologists understand the concepts and principles described herein, the progress towards professionalism and exercise physiology as a healthcare profession will increase proportionately.” – (from the Commendatory Preface) Larry Birnbaum, Ph.D., MA, EPC, Associate Professor of Exercise Physiology, The College of St. Scholastica

“Dr. Boone’s book will answer every question exercise physiologists have about the profession … Dr. Boone has devoted the past decade to understanding what it means to be an exercise physiologist. His vision of what was needed and the courage to speak his mind has moved exercise physiology into the 21st century. Hence, the book ushers in a new era of thinking and a roadmap for building the profession. There is no doubt that this book will leave a mark on the profession of exercise physiology, and it should be required reading for every student who is interested in exercise physiology as a healthcare profession. Florence Nightingale is revered as the mother of nursing and, in time, Tommy Boone will be known as the father of modern day Exercise Physiologist.” – Matt Wattles, President ASEP, Boise State University

“Dr. Boone has evolved as the leading voice for the professionalization of exercise physiology.… Dr. Boone understands that exercise physiologists do not need another ranting argument. Rather, I see his book as a call for a source of encouragement, empathy, and strength. This works challenges the exercise physiologist to “dare to dream” and, therefore, is a valuable work toward the evolution of this profession.” – Jesse Pittsley, Ph.D., Winston Salem State University

Table of Contents

1. Understanding the Need for Change
2. Thinking as an Exercise Physiologist
3. Creating a New 21st Century Exercise Physiology
4. Change within the Academic Profession
5. The Exercise Physiology Niche and Credibility
6. The Professional Organization of Exercise Physiology