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  • Writer's pictureCharlie Gordon

What to Expect When Starting with an Exercise Physiologist: A Guide for NDIS Participants

Embarking on a journey towards better health and improved functional capacity can be an exciting and rewarding experience for National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants. One of the key supports that can make a significant difference in this journey is working with an exercise physiologist. If you're an NDIS participant and considering engaging an exercise physiologist, here's what you can expect from your first session and beyond.


Initial Assessment

The first step when starting with an exercise physiologist is the initial assessment. This comprehensive evaluation typically involves:

  • Discussing your medical history, disability-related needs, and any current health concerns

  • Reviewing your NDIS plan goals and how exercise physiology can support these goals

  • Assessing your current fitness levels, mobility, strength, balance, and coordination

  • Identifying any barriers or challenges that may impact your ability to engage in an exercise program

Developing a Customized Exercise Program

Based on the initial assessment, your exercise physiologist will develop a personalized exercise program tailored to your specific needs and goals. This program will consider your:

  • Current physical abilities and limitations

  • Health and wellbeing objectives

  • Preferred activities and exercises

  • Accessibility to equipment and facilities

Ongoing Support and Monitoring

As you progress through your customized exercise program, your exercise physiologist will provide ongoing support, education, and monitoring. This may involve:

  • Regular check-ins to track progress and make adjustments to your program as needed

  • Demonstrating proper exercise techniques to ensure your safety and effectiveness

  • Providing guidance on managing pain, fatigue, and other potential barriers to exercise

  • Collaborating with other members of your support team, such as occupational therapists or physiotherapists, to ensure a holistic approach to your health and wellbeing

Progress Evaluation and Program Updates

Over time, your exercise physiologist will evaluate your progress toward your NDIS plan goals and make any necessary adjustments to your exercise program. This may include:

  • Updating exercises to reflect improvements in strength, mobility, or functional capacity

  • Addressing any new health concerns or challenges that arise during your journey

  • Continuously aligning your exercise program with your evolving NDIS plan goals

Conclusion


Starting with an exercise physiologist can be a transformative experience for NDIS participants looking to improve their physical health, functional capacity, and overall quality of life. By understanding what to expect from the initial assessment to ongoing support and progress evaluation, you can feel confident and empowered as you embark on this life-changing journey.


Remember to communicate openly with your exercise physiologist about your needs, goals, and any concerns you may have throughout the process. With their expertise and your commitment to the program, you'll be on your way to achieving your NDIS plan goals and living a healthier, more independent life.

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