FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is a kinesiologist?

A: 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.

Q: How do kinesiologists serve society and clients? 

A: Kinesiologists (also referred to here as "kinesiotherapists") provide exercise and lifestyle-based services to enhance the lives of those suffering from chronic diseases or physical and neurological injuries, such as: diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, cancer, multiple sclerosis, autism spectrum disorder, osteoporosis, arthritis, and traumatic brain injury. Kinesiologists can also be important team members in injury assessment and rehabilitation helping people suffering from physical injuries sustained at work, in automobile collisions, in sports and other life activities. The primary service is active rehabilitation, which consists of the assessment of physical function followed by the implementation and progression of a specifically structured and individually tailored exercise program to enhance and promote the safe and dependable return to an individual’s regular life activities. Kinesiologists may also perform specialized services such as biomechanicial analysis of injury mechanisms, conduct job demands analysis and functional capacity evaluations in relation to an individual’s occupational requirements.

Kinesiologists provide physical demands analysis in the workplace to reduce and prevent the occupational risk of musculoskeletal injuries (MSI). They identify and assess risk factors and design, analyze or adapt workplace conditions to reduce the risk of injury.

Kinesiologists may also provide worker safety education and injury prevention training on posture related to lifting, bending, carrying, sitting and standing. Injury prevention is also aided by other services that kinesiologists provide including pre-employment and post-offer screening, the design of workplace specific warm-up and stretch programs and tool/equipment design or modification.

Kinesiologists proactively assist clients by planning and arranging services to facilitate a safe and durable return to work and to improve other activities of daily living. In cases where a return to work is not possible they assist in determining the level of impairment and job retraining. Other related services can include job coaching, insurance or health benefit claim management.

Kinesiologists are also employed in the capacity of health and safety managers, where they assess and monitor employee physical abilities in occupations which place high or unique physical demands on employees. A kinesiologist’s knowledge of the effects physical stress and workload has on the human body makes them ideally suited this type of position. They can be integral to the employee recruitment, training, monitoring and assessment of physical abilities of employees on an ongoing basis. They also manage and implement employee health and wellness programs.

Kinesiologists design and conduct health and wellness programs for all age groups. They teach and organize courses and workshops in health promotion including general fitness, sport performance, athletic training, human nutrition and general issues related to a person’s physical wellbeing.

Kinesiologists design and conduct health and wellness programs for all age groups, teach and organize courses and workshops in health promotion including general fitness, sport performance, athletic training, human nutrition and general issues related to a person’s physical wellbeing.

Kinesiologists provide gait analysis services to assist with footwear selection and orthotic fitting, and also provide assistance with selection and fitting of bracing products, typically for the foot, ankle, knee, hip, shoulder, elbow and wrist. They might also serve as sales representatives for biomedical companies and conduct research for private companies, universities, non-profit or government agencies related to the interaction of humans with their environment.

Q: Is kinesiology a regulated health profession in Alberta? Are kinesiologists registered in Alberta?

A: No. As of 2016 the only jurisdiction in Canada where kinesiology and kinesiologists are regulated is Ontario. In Ontario the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario (CKO) is the body that regulates kinesiologists in Ontario. The College receives its authority from the Kinesiology Act, 2007 and the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991. The CKO is not a school, and it exists to protect the Ontario public. 

Q: What are the requirements for membership with the Alberta Kinesiology Association (AKA)?

A: The requirements for membership with the Alberta Kinesiology Association (AKA) are reviewed regularly and are stringent requiring in part the successful  completion of recognized tertiary program of study in kinesiology or a science of human movement, completion of a recognized cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) program (i.e. a lifesaving technique) and maintenance of mandatory professional liability insurance (errors and omissions) available via the AKA.

Q: How much is membership with the Alberta Kinesiology Association (AKA)?

A: The AKA has a number of member categories available to any person or organization interested in kinesiology or the sciences related to human movement. To learn more please visit the membership section of our Website at www.albertakinesiology.ca.

Q: If I joined the Alberta Kinesiology Association (AKA) in March why would I be getting a membership renewal notice in the fall?

A: As of 2016, membership with the AKA runs on a calendar year from January 1 through to December 31.

Q: Are Alberta Kinesiology Association (AKA) members required to undertake continuing education in the area of kinesiology?

A: Yes, in order to maintain membership AKA Members are required to successfully complete on-going professional development and training. Every other year the AKA will audit Members to ensure that thirty (30) professional development credits (PDCs) have been accumulated in the previous twenty-four (24) months. Typically, for every one (1) hour of professional development training related to kinesiology an AKA member can obtain one (1) PDC. An AKA Member may obtain one (1) PDC for every two (2) hours of non-kinesiology and/or indirect education efforts such as patient/customer service.

Volunteering with the AKA offers the potential to earn professional development credits. To learn more about volunteer opportunities please contact us at info@albertakinesiology.ca.

Q: Does the Alberta Kinesiology Association (AKA) investigate patient/customer complaints?

A: As the professional association representing kinesiologists in Alberta the AKA takes the conduct of its Members extremely seriously. Indeed, each Member must sign and abide by a code of conduct. Should you have any concerns regarding your experience with a kinesiologist in Alberta please contact info@albertakinesiology.ca.

Q: How is the Alberta Kinesiology Association (AKA) operated? I don’t see a contact telephone number for the AKA, how do I contact the Association?

A: The AKA is a largely volunteer-operated professional association. The Alberta Kinesiology Association (AKA) is the voice for kinesiologists and other professionals engaged in the sciences of human movement. Learn more about us by visiting us at www.albertakinesiology.ca.

Q: Does the Alberta Kinesiology Association (AKA) have a privacy policy?

A: The AKA has and will always value privacy and will act to ensure that information that is shared with the AKA is protected. The AKA has enacted policies and procedures to put into writing current practices and to conform to legislative requirements.

The AKA recognizes the importance of protecting the privacy of personal information. You have the right to know the types of information collected by the AKA, and how and why we collect and use it. You also have the right to choose whether you wish to provide us with this personal information or have it collected.

Q: What information is collected by the Alberta Kinesiology Association (AKA)?

A: From time to time the AKA collects the following information:

  • Personal information such as registration information, date of birth, email addresses, professional and lifestyle interest;
  • Information during e-commerce transactions such as name, address, transaction details and payment information including, but not limited to credit card information;
  • Information about your site usage, the products and services you select;
  • Information you may voluntarily provide such as through the "Find a Kin" section; and,
  • Information when you respond to requests for feedback and other opportunities to comment.

Q: Why does the Alberta Kinesiology Association (AKA) collect information?

A: The AKA collects information for the following purposes, or consistent with the following:

  • To register or confirm membership status;
  • To create internal reports to understand individual or aggregate Web usage and activity; and,
  • To communicate with key stakeholders.

Q: Does the Alberta Kinesiology Association disclose any of the information it collects publicly?

A: From time-to-time, the AKA may trade the information collected with third parties to provide Members and supporters with products, services, and information we feel may be of interest and/or benefit. Depending on your purchases you may receive communications directly from suppliers and such communications are governed by the privacy policy of the respective supplier. We may also share your personal information under authority of a valid legal requirement such as a law, regulation, or search warrant. Accessing and objecting to the collection, use and disclosure of personal information. If at any time you wish to update the information you provided to us, or to opt out of any use of your personal information, you may contact us at info@albertakinesiology.ca.

Q: How does the Alberta Kinesiology Association (AKA) protect personal information it collects?

A: The AKA Website has physical and technical measures in place to help ensure the security of information. We strive to use state-of-the-art technology to safeguard your data. Although we make every reasonable effort to protect your information from loss, misuse, or alteration by third-parties, you should be aware that there is always some risk involved in transmitting information over the Internet. In all cases the AKA respects your privacy preferences, if you have any questions about privacy please contact us at info@albertakinesiology.ca.

Q: What programs and services are offered by the Alberta Kinesiology Association (AKA)?

The range of programs and services offered by the AKA continues to expand. Please review our programs and service by visiting us online at www.albertakinesiology.ca or for specific questions please contact us at info@albertakinesiology.

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