What is a Kinesiologist?
Kinesiologists are regulated health care professionals who specialize in the science of human movement and exercise. They evaluate your injuries and assist in rehabilitation and prevention of injuries, including chronic disease treatment. Furthermore, kinesiologists will guide you in overall preventative maintenance for your health and well-being by enhancing your movement and performance.
Kinesiologists obtain a 4-year undergrad degree in Human Kinetics or otherwise titled Kinesiology. They are trained in the areas of physiology, biomechanics, nutrition, athletic testing and training.
A Kinesiologist does not have a defined specialty, therefore they can practice in a wide range of settings to provide services that relate to movement and exercise science.
In Ontario, “Kinesiologist ” is a regulated profession subject to the Standards of Practice, Professional Guidelines and Professional Policies defined by the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario. For more information on regulatory colleges, view our What is a Regulatory College page.
Services Kinesiologists provide:
Kinesiologists are the experts in designing and conducting health programs for all age groups. They teach courses, workshops on general fitness as well as human nutrition and more to improve a person's physical well-being.
A kinesiologist is the perfect person to turn to if you need help recovering from an injury. They will assess your physical wellbeing and create a personalized exercise program for you that focuses on building strength, stability, endurance and flexibility while allowing room for progressions as necessary! Clients make safe returns back into their regular life activities at home or work with little interruption in their day-to-day tasks.
Chronic Disease Management
Kinesiology is defined as "the science of human movement" but for many people it means much more than that; including the treatment of chronic diseases such as arthritis and diabetes. Kinesiologists have specialized training in anatomy, physiology (muscles), kinematics (movements) neuroscience, biomechanics (engineering) who are experts when dealing with various musculoskeletal disorders while providing therapeutic support by assessing changes through clinical reasoning skills which include: patient history taking/interviews coupled with thorough assessments.
Ergonomics and Workplace Safety
Kinesiologists are trained in designing a work space where ergonomics are used to create an environment that is safe for employees. Kinesiology deals with the design of equipment in relation to human performance while ergonomics looks at how people interact with their surroundings. The goal when applying these concepts in workplaces is always injury prevention, as well as better machine interaction, which leads to improved productivity rates.
Fitness and Athletics
A Kinesiologist designs and conducts health and wellness programs for all age groups, teaches courses in fitness training, sport performance, human nutrition; he/she also organizes workshops on a wide range of topics related to physical well-being.
Kinesiologists help athletes recover from injury, prevent injuries, and improve on court performance. They provide knowledge of strength and conditioning to analyze areas for improvement or recovery then work with athletes on a plan that will meet their on court performance needs.
Return to Work Planning
Kinesiologists help a client return to work after an injury. They offer proactive assistance including arranging and planning services that will help them return safely back into their workplace. Kinesiologists also provide consultation with employers if it's determined by professionals that they will no longer be able to perform certain tasks because of injuries sustained while working for them.
Functional abilities evaluation (FAE) or Functional capacity evaluation (FCE)
Kinesiologists complete established, measurable testing protocols on individual’s and make determinations in their physical abilities to complete various physical tasks know as a functional abilities evaluation (FAE) or functional capacity evaluation (FCE). It is a comprehensive evaluation of an individual’s physical and functional abilities, using objective and measurable tests. The FAE/FCE can be general or specific to a job and or related physical task of physical ability. Results are interpreted, reported and presented to all concerned parties.
Post Offer Employment Testing (POET)
Kinesiologists can consult with employers and create the ideal physical assessment protocols an employee is required to possess in order to perform particular job demands within the organization.
Work Hardening Programming
Kinesiologists program and administer work conditioning and work hardening programs.
As a health and safety manager, kinesiologists know the risks of physical stress on their employees. They assess what kind of activities are the most strenuous for them as well as how carefully they can handle those tasks in order to do their job safely without injury or risk to themselves.
Improve Mental Health & Addiction Recovery
Kinesiologists are the experts in designing and conducting health programs for all age groups. They teach courses, workshops on general fitness as well as human nutrition to improve a person's physical well-being.
Support for seniors to maintain their activity levels, emotional & mental well-being
Kinesiologists work with seniors to help them maintain their independence and mobility by creating custom workouts. These programs are designed for people over the age of 65, helping them improve their health and well-being during what is often considered "the golden years". Kins also provide advice on how to manage chronic diseases such as arthritis or diabetes, provide education on reducing the risk of falls related accidents. They also assist in improving cognitive functions and mental health!