Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Sport Science VS Exercise Physiology:

There is a difference

The field of Sport Science and Exercise Physiology is growing extremely rapidly, and in Canada, statistics are saying that the profession of Sport Scientist is going to become one of the fastest growing professions, in North America, over the next 20 years.

Exercise Physiology is hot on its heels as a fast growing, and highly sought after qualification.

So what is the difference between these 2 designations?

The Exercise Physiologists' primary role is to study muscular activity in the body, and the associated functional responses and adaptations of the bodies physiology, to certain stimuli.

Basically we are scientists who conduct controlled investigations of responses and adaptations to the human physiology, utilizing human subjects within a clinical setting.

In other words – we are science geeks, with a ton of cool and expensive equipment, doing tests and experiments on athletic and non-athletic populations.

The Sport Scientist on the other hand, is a professional who helps both athletic and non- athletic populations achieve their individual peak (sporting) performance.

They have a wide knowledge based in a number of different sporting-related subjects, such as:
  • biomechanics
  • sports nutrition
  • physiology
  • anatomy
  • psychology
  • injury prevention.
They are not however Personal Trainers or sports coaches.

As you can clearly see, both of these professions can, and should, play an integral role in any individuals desiring an improvement in health, fitness and performance.

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