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Introducing the International Confederation of Sport and Exercise Science Practice (ICSESP)
  1. Nathan Reeves1,
  2. Nick Draper2,
  3. Kirstin N Lane3,
  4. Francis Neric4,
  5. Keith Tolfrey5,
  6. Kade Davison6
  1. 1 School of Health Sciences and Social Work, Griffith University Faculty of Health, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
  2. 2 Sport, Health and Rehabilitation Research Centre, Faculty of Health, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand
  3. 3 School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education, University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
  4. 4 Personnel Certification, American College of Sports Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
  5. 5 School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, Loughborough University, Loughborough, Leicestershire, UK
  6. 6 Alliance for Research in Exercise, Nutrition and Activity; Allied Health and Human Performance, University of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Nathan Reeves, School of Health Sciences and Social Work, Griffith University Faculty of Health, Gold Coast, QLD 4222, Australia; n.reeves{at}

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The science of sport and exercise for health and performance has advanced exponentially over recent decades due to its widespread recognition as a distinct scientific discipline and the breadth and depth of research within the field. As the discipline has developed, a number of subdisciplines have emerged, examining key aspects of physical performance measurement and improvement, as well as exploring the role of exercise in various contexts of health and disease. Importantly, this has translated to significant growth in the recognition of university-level qualifications in sport and exercise science and increasing vocational opportunities for graduates. Despite slight variations in roles and titles between jurisdictions, there are now well-established professional roles in the sports and exercise sciences in several countries around the world. These include Clinical Exercise Physiologists specialising in the use of exercise as medicine for preventing and treating injury and illness, and Sport Scientists who use the science of exercise and human movement to enhance athletic development and performance.

The translation of high-quality science to more clearly defined vocational roles and opportunities …

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  • Contributors NR has been the lead author of this editorial, he and senior author associate professor KD generated the substantial portion of the article. Professor ND, assistant teaching professor KNL, professor KT and FN contributed to the writing, review and editing of the article.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.