Kinesiologists hold a university degree in Kinesiology or Human Kinetics, and in B.C., are part of the British Columbia Association of Kinesiologists. The undergraduate program of study focuses on human movement and includes anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, motor behaviour, athletic training, and sport psychology. Kins work in a variety of settings, from private clinics to community settings.
The field of Kinesiology encompasses a wide range of services including:
- Injury and active rehabilitation
- Exercise therapy and prescription
- Stress testing
- Athletic training
- Sport conditioning
- Ergonomic/workplace assessment
- Rehabilitation equipment and technology development
- Recreation programs coordination
- Community health programs for disabled populations
- Laboratory research
Numerous programs and certifications are available to kinesiologists once they have completed their degree. Commonly held certifications include Certified Exercise Physiologist (CEP), Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), and require practical and written testing.
Kinesiologists often work in conjunction with other health professionals in order to provide comprehensive care. At Gastown Physio & Pilates, our kinesiologists are trained in the Pilates Method. They work one-on-one with patients and Physical Therapists to create an individualized program, with exercises done on the mat and reformer. Kinesiologists can help you with prehab (preparation to participate in exercise), rehab, and general exercise for health and well-being.
You may also see a kinesiologist as part of your treatment for an ICBC claim. In this case, we will conduct an initial assessment and will keep track of your progress and functional abilities throughout the course of treatment. We can provide reports to your case manager as needed.