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(Oct. 17, 2002, Gazette)

Exercise physiologists on a rant

Dr. David Behm
Photo by Chris Hammond
Dr. David Behm, here with Allison Leonard, kinesiology laboratory instructor, is chairing the annual meeting of exercise physiologists.


Many of the top minds in the field of exercise science have congregated at the Fairmont Newfoundland. St. John’s is playing host to the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) conference until Oct. 19. Held annually since 1967, this is the first time the CSEP is meeting in Newfoundland.

The conference, entitled Come Rant and Roar on the Rock, has brought about 150 academics and practitioners of exercise physiology from throughout Canada, the USA, and as far away as Italy, Iran and Japan.
In addition to conventional academic papers, the conference is holding a series of symposia to present scientific information at the applied level. Papers presented will focus on exercise science, fitness, health, environmental physiology and lifestyle. Some topics to be featured will include childhood activity levels, back rehabilitation, power training for elite athletes and obesity.

Dr. David Behm, associate professor at Memorial’s School of Human Kinetics and Recreation, is the chair of the CSEP 2002 Organizing Committee. He sees the dual focus of the conference to be one of interest to many health care practitioners in Newfoundland. He hopes that by disseminating information to professionals in the field, they will then be inspired to further their own education, research and reading.
Further, Dr. Behm believes that bringing those in the field from afar will give Memorial added exposure.

“I think this conference will highlight how Memorial has progressed,” said Dr. Behm. “We’re a secret across Canada, especially in applied physiology. This conference will expose the good work and good research that is being done here.”

Come Rant and Roar on the Rock is open to the public, provided individuals register in advance. For more information, or to register for the conference, please contact Dr. David Behm at dbehm@mun.ca or at 737-3408. Information on the CSEP conference can also be found at www.ucs.mun.ca/~dbehm/csep.htm.