What is Kinesiology?

     Kinesiologists provide assessment and treatment services for the rehabilitation of people suffering from physical injuries sustained at work, in automobile collisions, in sports and other life activities. The primary service is active rehabilitation, which consists of the assessment of physical function followed by the implementation and progression of a specifically structured and individually tailored exercise program to enhance and promote the safe and dependable return to an individual’s regular life activities. Kinesiologists may also perform specialized services such as biomechanicial analysis of injury mechanisms, conduct job demands analysis and functional capacity evaluations in relation to an individual’s occupational requirements.

     Kinesiologists provide exercise and lifestyle-based services to enhance the lives of those suffering from chronic diseases or physical and neurological injuries, such as: diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, cancer, multiple sclerosis, autism spectrum disorder, osteoporosis, arthritis, and traumatic brain injury.

     Kinesiologists may also provide worker safety education and injury prevention training on posture related to lifting, bending, carrying, sitting and standing. Injury prevention is also aided by other services that kinesiologists provide including pre-employment and post-offer screening, the design of workplace specific warm-up and stretch programs and tool/equipment design or modification.

     Kinesiologists design and conduct health and wellness programs for all age groups, teach and organize courses and workshops in health promotion including general fitness, sport performance, athletic training, human nutrition and general issues related to a person’s physical well-being.

~ Move with me! ~

Adapted from the British Columbia Association of Kinesiologists website. www.bcak.bc.ca

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