Guest post: what is kinesiology?
Trainer Andres Palomino describes kinesiology in this post reproduced from his site.
One of the most frequent questions from people that I have had the opportunity to meet is … What is kinesiology? Who are Registered Kinesiologists?
According to the COKO, College of Kinesiologists of Ontario, “Kinesiology is the scientific study of human movement, performance and function. Kinesiology incorporates the sciences of biomechanics, anatomy, physiology, psychology and neuroscience into an all-encompassing healthcare practice. Kinesiologists use the latest evidence-based research to treat and prevent injury and disease, and to improve movement and performance. Kinesiologists work with people of all ages and physical abilities in many settings to help them achieve their health and wellness goals, and improve quality of life.”
On April 1, 2013, Kinesiologists became licensed professionals in the Province of Ontario. The College of Kinesiologists of Ontario is the body responsible for the licensing of individual kinesiologists in the province.
The title kinesiologist is protected in Ontario, meaning that only members of the College can call themselves kinesiologists or claim to be kinesiologists. Members must use the titles “kinesiologist” or “registered kinesiologist”, or the designation R.Kin, when providing services.
To register with the College, an applicant must:
- Have a four or five year kinesiology degree;
- Complete the Jurisprudence e-Learning Module, which tests their knowledge on the laws, regulations and standards that apply to kinesiology in Ontario;
- Submit a criminal record check to the College;
- Pass the College’s entry-to-practice exam;
- Provide proof of carrying professional liability insurance.
All kinesiologists who are actively practising must carry professional liability insurance.
Once registered, members have a series of obligations and responsibilities that they must fulfill to remain in good standing. Some of these include:
- Acting in the patient’s / client’s best interest;
- Adhering to the College’s Code of Ethics;
- Practising according to the College’s practice standards and guidelines;
- Participating in the College’s Quality Assurance Program;
- Renewing their membership annually.
Kinesiologists prescribe exercise to treat and prevent injury and disease. Also, we work with athletes and any individuals to enhance human performance.
Kinesiologists works in the following areas:
- Health promotion;
- Injury rehabilitation;
- Pain and chronic disease management;
- Fitness training;
- Return to work planning;
- Disability management;
- Public health.
For more information about the profession of kinesiology, please visit the web site of the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario at www.coko.ca.