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What is Kinesiology, and What can a Kinesiologist do for you?

Updated: Jan 18, 2022

Kinesiology is defined as the scientific study of human movement.

It is a common university major in Canada, offered as a bachelor of arts or a bachelor of science depending on the school. In a kinesiology program, courses can include subjects such as:

  • anatomy

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  • biomechanics,

  • physiology and exercise physiology,

  • nutrition,

  • ergonomics,

  • injury care and prevention,

  • ethics in sports and physical activity,

  • coaching,

  • health research,

  • sport marketing and management

  • fitness assessment and program design for general and specific populations.

Many kinesiology graduates go on to do continuing education in areas such as personal training, athletic therapy, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, chiropractics, massage therapy, sport psychology, ergonomics, or masters level research into biomechanics, exercise physiology, and sport performance. Please note that this list is not exhaustive!

However, many choose to work as a kinesiologist in a variety of roles. In Ontario, unlike the rest of Canada's provinces and territories, kinesiology is a regulated health profession. This means that we have a governing body that oversees our standards of practice and practice guidelines, and that we are able to perform certain health acts under a medical directive or under supervision of other health professionals.

Members of the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario must graduate from an approved institution with a relevant degree and then pass and entry-to-practice exam. Once the exam is passed, members can then use the designation Registered Kinesiologist, or R.Kin.

Curious about the College, or the process of becoming a registered kinesiologist, check out

Under the CKO, a kinesiologist's scope of practice includes:

  • Electrical therapy techniques

  • General nutritional counselling

  • Fitness & health evaluations and exercise prescription

  • Ergonomics

  • Biomechanics

  • Exercise Physiology

  • Completion of insurance assessment forms (subject to form specific limitations)

You'll often find kinesiologists working in a variety of settings, including but not limited to:

  • Community care

  • Family health teams

  • Health and Fitness clubs

  • Sport marketing and management

  • Corporate Wellness

  • Ergonomic and workplace safety assessment

  • Ergonomic product development

  • WSIB Case management

  • Academia

Check out Making Kinnections podcast to listen to different R.Kins from all over Ontario talk about their careers

Questions about kinesiology? Want to know more about how a kinesiologist can help you? Leave a comment below or contact me here!

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