Dr. Lon Kilgore questions the modern foundations of the study of exercise physiology and suggests a new way forward.
“Into what abyss of fears and horrors hast thou driven me, out of which I find no way, from deep to deeper plunged.” —John Milton, Paradise Lost
I don’t know why no one has asked this before. I don’t know why it has come down to me to ask a question central to the existence of an academic discipline. But someone needs to cowboy up and question the validity of a field of study fraught with data that informs but fails to illuminate—a discipline spawned of misunderstanding, misinterpretation, misapplication, misinformation, and misdirection in the path of science and discovery.
I could easily be referring to physical education, coaching, biomechanics, kinesiology or “exercise science” in general, but I am specifically questioning the theoretical and practical basis of the discipline known as exercise physiology.