FAQs for kinesiologists?

What is Kinesiology?

“Kinesiology is the science of human movement, applying the latest evidenced-based research to improve health and wellness of people in all settings and populations.”

-- Ontario Kinesiology Association

Kinesiology combines the principels of anaotmy, phsiology and biomechaics to prevent the effects of chronic conditions through exercise. The key focus is optimal function by the prevention, management and/or improved performance of the human body.

What does a Kinesiologist do?

A kinesiologist specializes in the science of  human movement and can help you to manage and prevent injury and chronic disease, as well assist in the process of developing peak performance. They empower their clients to make positive changes for their own well-being and use evidence-based research to create programs that will provide lasting results. They focus on

  • preventing injury

  • mobility and performance

  • improving worker productivity

  • disease prevention and care

  • posture, strength and flexibility

Kinesiologists can help to manage and decrease the risk of

  • musculoskeletal disorders

  • diabetes

  • coronary heart disease

  • some cancers

  • Alzheimer's disease

  • stroke

  • mental health conditions

Where do kinesiologists work and what services do they provide?

Kinesiologists can work in a number of settings including

  • Private health clinics

  • Hospitals

  • Research facilities

  • Universities

  • Fitness clubs

Self-employed kinesiologists create their own schedules and may work up to 6 hours in one location and travel to another. They provide the following services:

  • Musculoskeletal assessments

  • Postural assessments and education

  • Rehabilitation: stroke, cardiovascular, sports injury, workplace injury, traumatic brain injury, and functional re-training

  • Create, implement and supervise workplace wellness programs

  • Management of automobile accident or disability claims

  • Personal training

  • Mental health management

  • Diabetes management

  • Aquatic therapy

  • Specialized programs for medical disorders (cancer, diabetes, MS)

Is kinesiology a licensed health care professional?

Yes, on April 1, 2013 kinesiologists became recognized as regulated health care professionals.

What kind of education does a kinesiologist have?

Kinesiologists require a university four-year Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology, Human Kinetics, Kinathropology or in an equivalent program. After graduation, they are eligible to write an exam to become registered under the Ontario legislation. After passing the exams they are then considered a registered Kinesiologist. Every registered kinesiologist is required to take continuing education courses which are overseen by the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario. They are educated to help people reach their optimal level of fitness, prevent or manage injury, chronic disease as well as other health conditions. The courses focus on

  • Human Anatomy

  • Physiology

  • Biomechanics

  • Health Psychology

  • Ergonomics

  • Physical Activity and Sport

  • Exercise

  • Injury and Rehabilitation

What health conditions can kinesiology be used for?

Kinesiologists to provide care in the prevention, management and recovery of a number of conditions:

  • Sports Injury and performance

  • Nervous disorders

  • Stress management

  • Diabetes

  • Stroke

  • Back problems

  • Injury from slips and falls (recovery and prevention)

  • Depression and mental health management

  • General wellbeing