Aine Lyng

Qualifications
Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist, American Colleges of Sports Medicine , Nov 2012
Clinical Exercise Physiology, MSc John Moore’s University Liverpool , Sept 2011
Sport and Exercise Science, BSc: University of Limerick, Sept 2010
REPs Level 3, Registered Exercise Professional, UK
NCEF (National Council for Exercise and Fitness), Certificate in Exercise Health and Fitness, 2009

Current Position
Clinical Exercise Physiologist, Cardiac Rehabilitation, Oxford University Hospitals NHS

My position within the Cardiac Rehabilitation team involves leading the exercise component for the rehabilitation of patients following a cardiac event or in treatment for their cardiac condition. Cardiac Rehab involves a number of components (recovery after a Cardiac Event, smoking cessation, medication adherence, lifestyle modification) aiming to aid a person’s recovery and treat Cardiac conditions. My role as a Clinical Exercise Physiologist is to assess a patients  safety for exercise/ physical activity, monitor a patients recovery, prescribe appropriate exercise based on condition and co-morbidities,  teach patients exercise safety and encourage patients to adapt lifestyle changes to improve health. My work is varied, tasks include: Patient Assessment for Exercise safety based upon past medical history and current cardiac procedures/testing;  Working in conjunction with medical staff to ensure optimal patient care/ treatment; Functional Capacity Testing; Exercise Prescription; Assessing/ Monitoring patient response to exercise; Lifestyle Behaviour Change; Education Sessions and Administration.

Career Path
Exercise Physiologist: Respiratory and Cardiac, Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital NHS, 2011
Health Behaviour Mentor: GOALS (Getting our Active Lifestyles Started), Liverpool 2010
Research Assistant: Volunteered on numerous research studies aiding in Data Collection at John Moores University Liverpool, 2010

Why did you choose to Study Sport and Exercise Science?
I was interested in a career path in relation to health and exercise. Initially I saw it as a pathway to physiotherapy but as time progressed I realised a number of different career options were available dependant on your interests.

Where did you do your coop & experience gained?
Human Performance Unit, University of Birmingham
Worked with the Sports Science team with university athletes assessing physiological variable (V02max testing, Lactate Threshold assessments, Spirometry, Body Composition etc.) and prescription of strength& conditioning for various athletes and sports teams.A really enjoyable and fun work placement, gained a lot of experience in a Sport and Exercise Physiology Lab in relation to physiological assessment procedures, reading of lab based results and use for exercise prescription.

What advice would you give to school goers considering choosing sport and exercise sciences?
Go in with an open mind. The undergraduate degree provides a very good grounding and base knowledge in 3 varied disciplines (physiology, biomechanics and physiology), which prepares you to specialise in one area with further study. If you are unsure of what exact career path you want to follow but know you want to work in a health/exercise environment with a varied population the Sport and Exercise Science degree opens options for future career paths.

What advice would you give to future graduates of Sport and Exercise Sciences?

  1. Volunteer!!!! Get involved in as many projects as possible, visit physiology laboratories, rehab departments, biomechanics laboratories and help in PhD studies as either a subject or a research assistant. This exposes you to the different areas of Sport and Exercise Science and is really good on your C.V.
  2. Keep an eye on BASES (British Association of Sport and Exercise Science) and ACSM (American Colleges of Sports Medicine) websites for possible PhD studies/ career opportunities and to stay up-date on new Sport and Exercise developments.
  3. Don’t panic and think, ‘what job am I going to get at the end?’……there are a lot more options growing and developing, it is a matter of doing your research and constantly developing your knowledge and skills so you are ready for when the opportunity arises!