Monday, October 15, 2012

It's KIN Week in Canada!

Did you know... it's KIN WEEK in Canada! 

What the heck is a Kinesiologist anyways?

Kinesiologists are human movement specialists offering a wide variety of assessments and services to the public to assist with both injury/illness prevention and injury management. Their practice is based on the core sciences of anatomy, physiology, biomechanics and psychomotor behaviour. Kinesiologists work in the fitness industry, clinically, and in industrial environments.
Kinesiologists provide services through the application of the science of human movement and deliver quality solutions through prevention, objective assessment, and evidence based intervention.
What do Kinesiologists do, exactly? 
The field of Kinesiology encompasses a wide range of services and 'Kin's' may specialize in some or all of the following:

Injury Rehabilitation/ Exercise Therapy

•Perform job demands analysis and functional evaluation testing•Design, develop and monitor exercise, rehabilitation and conditioning programs•Rehabilitation program assessment, review and management

Ergonomics/Human Factors

•Physical demands analysis •Reduce/eliminate workplace MSI's •Designing, analyzing or adapting workplace conditions to reduce risk of injury •Identification and assessment of risk factors •Pre-employment/Post Offer Screening •Worker safety education and injury prevention training •Design workplace specific warm-up and stretch programs •Tool design or modification

Active Health and Fitness

•Design and conduct individual health and wellness programs •Teach and organize courses/workshops in health promotion including fitness, nutrition and wellness issues

Biomedical Applications

•Gait analysis consultation •Assist in the design/manufacturing and fitting of orthotics, braces and prosthetic devices

Rehabilitation Equipment and Technology

•Prescription and assessment for rehabilitation equipment including mobility devices with ergonomic applications


•Plan and execute laboratory experiments and research projects

Disability/Case Management

•Planning and arranging services to facilitate a return to work/return to activities of normal living •Job Coaching services •Functional Abilities Evaluations/Functional Capacity Evaluations •Attendance/Absence management •Claims management

Facility Management/Owner

How do you become a Kinesiologist?   Kinesiologists in Canada are required to complete a minimum of 4 years University and obtain a Bachelors Degree in Kinesiology,  Exercise Science or equivalent.  Registered Kinesiologists meet and uphold the standards of their Provincial and Federal Associations.     How can you find a Kinesiologist? Look no are following one:)  LOL, besides myself there are hundreds of Registered Kins in BC- just go to the BCAK website to find one in your area.   Questions?  Check the BCAK website or give me a shout anytime!   Cheers, Sarah.

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