It was a pleasure to be able to ask Dr Joe Kosterich a few questions about Exercise Physiology from the perspective of a General Practitioner. Dr Joe is a very experienced GP in Western Australia and is well known for encouraging positive lifestyle changes to manage health. You may have seen him on TV, heard him on radio, or even read about many aspects of health on his popular website www.drjoetoday.com
The Q & A has provided encouragement that’s GP’s see our industry in a positive light and that there are ranging benefits that can assist with their patients. It also shows that we as an industry need to do more to further promote Exercise Physiology to GP’s and other medical and health professionals.
- Have you had much experience working with Accredited Exercise Physiologists in the past? If so, have they been positive experiences?
A- The experience, whilst limited has been positive. They can certainly add value.
- Have you found exercise prescription to have greater long-term benefits when compared to passive treatments for patients recovering from musculoskeletal injuries? Do you believe it empowers your patient to take control of their injury?
A- There is a role for both passive and active treatments. However, long term exercise prescription, if followed, makes the individual independent. Also, active exercise strengthens muscles and improves conditioning in a way that passive treatment cannot.
- With an ageing workforce, do you think workplaces and individuals need to be more proactive, using exercise as a tool for preventing injuries?
A- Exercise is good for both physical and mental health. Better physical conditioning can also help in reducing injuries.
- Do you find that Exercise Physiology is still quite unknown amongst GP’s or at least underutilised?
A- Exercise physiology is still relatively unknown and under-utilised in General Practice.
- Where do you see Exercise Physiology being of most benefit to a General Practitioner?
A- In helping people after injury but also in chronic illness to assist with mobility, conditioning and in turn, independence.
Aaron McErlaine (BSc – ExHealth, BSc – ExRehab, Dip WHS, Cert IV TAE)
Health & Injury Prevention Services Manager (AEP) (ESSAM)