Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA), formerly known as the Australian Association for Exercise and Sports Science (AAESS), is a professional organisation which is committed to establishing, promoting and defending the career paths of tertiary trained exercise and sports science practitioners.
What is ESSA?
Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA), formerly known as the Australian Association for Exercise and Sports Science (AAESS), is a professional organisation which is committed to establishing, promoting and defending the career paths of tertiary trained exercise and sports science practitioners. The central tenet of our profession is that:
"Exercise and Sports Science is a multidisciplinary field concerned with the understanding and enhancement of human movement in the broadest sense, including general physical activity pursuits such as goal oriented fitness regimens and recreational sport, as well as, elite sport and the area of performance enhancement. It includes the knowledge, methods and applications of subdisciplines (ie. exercise physiology, biomechanics, motor control and motor development, exercise and sport psychology), as well as, how they interact".
AAESS Pty Ltd was founded in 1991, and changed it's trading name to ESSA in January 2010. It was founded to meet the professional needs of exercise and sports scientists in Australia. It is directed by an Executive Board comprised of leading academics and practitioners and is supported by state chapters throughout Australia.
AAESS Pty Ltd (trading as ESSA) is an incorporated body and it's constitution has been registered with the Australian Securities Commission.
Why is ESSA needed?
Current research emphatically confirms the importance of regular moderate physical activity for public health. Authorities that recognise and support these findings include the World Health Organisation (Position Statement 1995), the US Surgeon General (Position Statement 1996), the Australian Health Ministers Advisory Council (1997) and the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Heart Association (2007) .
As a result, there is considerable interest in the exercise and sports science field from within the government/public and private sectors.
Responsible advocacy of broad based public participation in physical activity necessarily requires that professional service providers are available.
ESSA members are qualified to comprehensively assess an individual's exercise capacity and can ensure that participation is safe and achieves the optimum outcomes for all sectors of the population.
The ESSA membership
ESSA accredited members work under a code of ethics in a diversity of settings such as fitness centres, hospitals, rehabilitation and aged care centres, workplaces, sports medicine centres, academies of sport, universities and health promotion agencies. They also work with individuals on a personalised basis through referral from medical and allied health practitioners and through direct public contact.
Services provided by members include: assessment and evaluation for health or performance, exercise counselling, general exercise management and prescription, movement rehabilitation, analysis and design of specific training programs and applied and clinical research. The work of ESSA members may however be categorised as being in the area of either: preventative health, post-acute exercise or sports performance enhancement.
2010 Membership forms
Exercise Physiology, Sports Injury Therapy, Weight Loss