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Exercise physiologists study the responses and adaptations to muscular activity in order to improve human performance. This information can have a variety of uses, from helping to run a marathon, through getting in shape to the prevention and treatment of illness.

Exercise physiologists are typically employed in research centres and academic institutions, hospitals and medical centres, and within sports organisations.

Many exercise physiologists combine their research and applied work with teaching academic courses. Graduates in this field are expected to have a sound knowledge of:

  • Exercise and physiology with, emphasis on metabolism and cardio-respiratory function
  • Procedures for exercise testing
  • Techniques to analyze and interpret data obtained during tests
  • A working knowledge of research design, research methods, and basic statistics.

Within this field it is possible to specialize in areas such as injury prevention, nutrition, strength training, fitness, or cardiac rehabilitation. Course are offered at both Bachelor's and Master's degree level. Entry into a bachelor's degree programme would require a background in maths and sciences, while for entry into a post-graduate degree would require a first degree in sports science or other relevant biological science.

Courses would combine a high level of academic study in the defined areas, with emphasis on research literature and "hands-on" experience in laboratory techniques. For further information on this fascinating area contact BASES, the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences. BASES is the UK professional body for those with an interest in the science of sport and exercise.

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