Kinesiologists are human movement specialists who offer a wide variety of services in both public and private settings. Though normally specializing in one or two areas, Kinesiologists may assist with injury prevention, rehabilitation, general health management, fitness, or research, to name just a few. In Canada, a Kinesiologist is someone who has completed a four-year university degree in kinesiology or human kinetics. Their practice is based on the core sciences of anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, and psychomotor behaviour, which constitutes an extensive understanding of human structure and function in relation to health and movement.
After graduation, Kinesiologists who are registered with their provincial association must complete a certain amount a continuing education every year in order to maintain their registration. Many Kinesiologists seek out further certification after graduating from university in order to hone their skills and/or gain knowledge and skills in a specialized area such as personal training, cardiac rehabilitation, chronic disease management, etc.
A Kinesiologist can apply their knowledge to many different fields including health promotion, fitness, clinical/rehabilitation, ergonomics, athletic training, health and safety, disability management/case coordination, research, ergonomics, physical and vocational rehabilitation (preparing to return to work), and many more.
A Kinesiologist may be just who you are looking for to help you start a fitness program, recover from an injury or guide your workplace in becoming more healthy.