Undergraduate students undertake their clinical placements working with ‘apparently healthy’ clients.
These clients have no known injury or illness, but may wish to improve their health and fitness or use exercise as a preventative health-management strategy.
This clinical placement will allow you to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to assess, prescribe and deliver exercise to this population.
You must complete at least 140 hours in this area before beginning other clinical placement hours related to further study in exercise physiology.
ESSA approved supervisors for apparently healthy clientele
The following ESSA approved supervisors are eligible to supervise and sign off the 140 hours with apparently healthy clientele:
80 hours (minimum) of supervision must be by one or more of the following:
- an accredited exercise scientist
- an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP)
- an accredited sports scientist
- an individual with a bachelor level degree or higher in exercise and sports science
- an individual with an ASCA level 3 qualification where the placement is in a strength and conditioning context
- a bachelor level or higher qualified physical education teacher with a major in physical education (in this instance, the practicum must be completed in a school setting).
60 hours (maximum) of supervision may include the following:
- a qualified and experienced professional who holds a qualification (recognised or endorsed by a regulating authority such as a national association or AHPRA) for the activity they are supervising.
Students must list these hours under the 60 hours regardless of whether they are completing exercise assessment, prescription or delivery activities unless there is a co-supervision arrangement in place.
Examples for supervisors included under the 60 hours may include:
- a qualified physiotherapist registered with AHPRA or APA
- Certificate IV qualified personal trainer registered with Fitness Australia
- a professional sporting coach with a coaching qualification and registration (e.g. level 3 cricket coach) from national sporting body (e.g. Cricket Australia)
All supervisors must have experience in the specific activity they are supervising.
For further information please refer to the ESSA guidelines.