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Kinesiology and Human Kinetics

Kinesiology and Human Kinetics

What is Kinesiology?  It is the scientific study of human movement, performance and function; also known as human kinetics. Kinesiology applies the science of biomechanics, anatomy, physiology, psychology and neuroscience to human movement and function.

On a practical level, kinesiology utilizes science-based research and assessment to aid in the enhancement of human performance, such as sport or work environments and to assist in the prevention or rehabilitation of injury, lifestyle diseases and other physiological conditions.

What is a kinesiologist?

The primary role of the kinesiologist is to evaluate physical activity-related matters and recommend solutions in health, exercise, sport, industry, business, education, rehabilitation and social settings.  Kinesiologists most often work one-to-one with you on achieving your health and wellness goals.  For example, kinesiologists can provide:

  • Fitness Testing
  • Exercise Therapy
  • Ergonomics & Workplace Design
  • Disability Management
  • Worksite Analysis
  • Functional Capacity Evaluation
  • Brain Injury Therapy
  • Case Management
  • Education Sessions
  • Orthotics
  • Lifestyle Management

Where do BCAK Practicing Kinesiologists work?

  • Hospitals and/or rehabilitation clinics
  • With major employers, such as BC Hydro, municipalities, construction companies, resource and manufacturing organizations
  • Recreation centres
  • Educational institutions 
  • Insurance carriers
  • Integrated health clinics
  • As indepentant consultants - often within a team environment with other health specialists

Why is Kinesiology important to your health?

Kinesiologists provide unique and valuable services contributing to your health care and treatment. We work closely with you to prevent and treat illness or injury; improve your physical performance; manage the delivery of your individual health care plan; provide workplace design services; and provide support in rehabilitation and wellness management.  We also provide ‘a bridge’ in care from clinic-based assessment and treatment to home, community and work re-integration. 

Kinesiologists, also referred to as "kinesiotherapists" or "kinésiologues" in other regions of Canada and Québec are "human movement specialists".

The National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2011 defines kinesiologists and related professions (Category 3144) on page 287. 

The primary role of the kinesiologist is to evaluate physical activity-related matters and recommend solutions in health, exercise, sport, industry, business, education, rehabilitation and social settings.

For more information on what kinesiologists do, please see How Kinesiologists Serve the Public.

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Fitness Testing video 2011