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Exercise Physiologists Learn The Business Of Combating Disease In L.A.

"Physical activity, coupled with optimal nutrition, is the most effective method to prevent many common diseases," said Dr. Andy Cornwell, a professor in the School of Kinesiology and Nutritional Science at California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA). "It provides the best form of preventative medicine to combat the main causes of early death in today's society, namely heart disease and cancer."

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As the medical industry continues to stress the importance of exercise and precautionary care to treat chronic ailments, the number of new jobs for business-minded athletic trainers and exercise physiologists is projected to grow by more than 5,000 within the next eight years.

The role of an exercise physiologist has become a crucial one in the area of long-term recovery, because these health scientists study the effect an exercise regimen has on pathology. They also examine how bodily and mental exertion can even reverse the progression of an infirmity.

"From the elite athlete to the elderly or disabled individual requiring rehabilitation procedures, an exercise physiologist applies his or her knowledge and skills to improve human movement performance, in addition to minimizing the risk of potential injuries or disease," said Cornwell, who earned his Ph.D. in Kinesiology from Louisiana State University.

How is CSULA preparing ambitious exercise physiologists?

"We help make our graduates employable by providing a cutting-edge curriculum, combined with numerous opportunities to gain valuable research and field experience in various kinds of settings, thereby linking science to practice."

What characterizes a successful exercise physiologist?

"In addition to being a life-long learner and being passionate about all aspects of the work, an exercise physiologist must lead by example. One can inspire and motivate others to optimize their health by making regular physical activity and sound nutritional practice a way of life."

What is the best way to plan for a solid vocation?

"To prepare for a career as an exercise physiologist, one should attain at least a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science or Kinesiology, and ideally a master's degree in Exercise Physiology. It is also recommended to attain a certification by the American College of Sports Medicine."

Sharon Raiford Bush is an award-winning journalist who covers topics of social interest in greater Los Angeles. Some news articles she has authored have been archived by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. Sharon also contributes to

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