Our Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEPs) in Melbourne are allied healthcare professionals that hold a four-year equivalent university degree, specialising in exercise prescription and lifestyle therapies aimed at preventing and managing chronic diseases, injuries, and disabilities.
AEPs provide tailored evidence-based exercise interventions with the aim of facilitating and optimising health status, functional capacity, recovery, and independence. These interventions enable athletes to engage in activities across various life domains, including home, school, work, and community settings.
AEPs offer specialised support for diverse conditions, spanning neurological, musculoskeletal, metabolic, and cardio/respiratory issues. AEPs provide support for a diverse range of conditions, including but not limited to:
Both Physiotherapists and Exercise Physiologists play essential roles in athlete care, albeit with distinct focuses.
Physiotherapists are primarily responsible for assessing, diagnosing, planning, and managing athlete care, often concentrating on acute management of pain or injury. In cases requiring long-term exercise interventions, Physiotherapists may refer athletes to Exercise Physiologists.
Physiotherapy encompasses various roles, including injury diagnosis, acute injury or pain treatment involving techniques such as manual therapy, joint manipulation, and dry needling. Additionally, physiotherapists are involved in the planning and management of assisted devices as needed
Exercise Physiologists leverage their expertise to exercise prescription and behavioural change to empower athletes in managing their health and enhancing independence.
Accredited Exercise Physiologists assume pivotal roles in delivering and customising movement, physical activity, and exercise-based interventions. Their objective is to facilitate and optimise functional capacity and independence to engage in activities across all domains of life (work, home, school, and community settings).
At The Next Step Recovery and Wellness Centre in Melbourne, our mission is to provide tailored programs and services for athletes recovering from spinal cord injuries and neurological conditions. Our Athlete Scholarship Program secures generous funding for athletes without financial support.