Ethical Standards and Professional Credentials in the Practice of Exercise Physiology

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This is a book about ethics and professionalism in the practice of exercise physiology. Implications of unprofessional behavior are discussed, how to anticipate legal issues, and the future career expectations of exercise physiologists in healthcare. The author shares a academic vision for the future that requires serious analysis and decision-making on behalf of all exercise physiologists.


“Readers should recognize that there are likely to be differences of opinion on many of the topics presented throughout this book. Nonetheless, it is hoped that this text will help assist exercise physiologists in understanding the ethical and professional implications of the exercise physiology practice, as well as the rightful place that exercise prescription has in the prevention and rehabilitative use of exercise as medicine.” - Lonnie M. Lowery, PhD, MA, MS, RD, LD, ASEP President, 2007-2008, Assistant Professor, School of Family and Consumer Sciences, The University of Akron

“Dr. Boone is an exemplary teacher and mentor to all exercise physiology students. His book is outstanding and very thorough. In the end, he tells the hard truths that ground exercise physiology in the reality of healthcare. It engenders hope because it shows there are paths for each one of us. I recommend it to all exercise physiologists, particularly those who are college teachers.” - Mr. John Dargan, M.A., E.P.C., Board Certified Exercise Physiologist, Assistant Professor of Exercise Physiology, Department of Exercise Physiology, The College of St. Scholastica

“Dr. Boone's book is designed to assist students and exercise physiologists to conceptualize and clarify exercise physiology as a profession. ... His arguments for decision-making on behalf of exercise physiology as a healthcare profession and exercise as medicine make sense. This book is right on track with the professional developments in exercise physiology.” - Shane Paulson, M.A., E.P.C., Board Certified Exercise Physiologist, Director, Department of Exercise Physiology, Wellness Program Director, Community Memorial Homes

Table of Contents

Section I - Ethics
1 Why a Code of Ethics
2 Developing a Code of Ethics
3 Applying the Code
4 Commitment to Ethical Conduct
5 Ethical Reflection and Adherence to the Code
6 Role of a Code of Ethics in Teaching and Athletics
7 Professional Accountability
8 Ethical Guidelines for Good Research Conduct
9 Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice
10 Legal Aspects of Exercise Physiology
11 Addressing Conflicts of Interest
12 Guidelines for Conflicts of Interest
Section II - Professionalism
13 Professionalism in Exercise Physiology
14 The Heart of Professionalism
15 Values Clarification
16 Impediments to Professionalism
17 Professionalization of Exercise Physiology
18 Dealing with Groupthink and Indifference
19 Careers in Exercise Physiology
20 Exercise Physiology: A Healthcare Profession
21 The State of Exercise Physiology
22 Envisioning the Future
23 Future Questions and Opportunities
24 The Curriculum of the Future
25 Fulfilling Destiny
26 Exercise Physiology Entrepreneurship
27 Epilogue

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