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Exercise is not just for the young and healthy. Today, it is prescribed as a way to help people recover from chronic illness, surgery, and injury and avoid illness in the first place. Exercise physiologists use their knowledge and training of exercise science to help patients reach optimum health, mobility, and confidence. Exercise physiologists work in clinical settings such as hospitals, nursing homes, and rehabilitation centers. They may also be employed by sports-related businesses such as health and fitness clubs or athletic training facilities and camps. Some choose to work in academia. Approximately 6,010 exercise physiologists are employed in the United States.