Kinesiologists, are "human movement specialists". The National Occupational Classification (NOC) defines kinesiologists and related professions (Category 3144).
It states in part:
Therapists and other professionals in this unit group perform some or all of the following duties:
- Assess patients and review reports from physicians, physiotherapists, psychiatrists, counsellors, teachers and other professionals to determine patients' current and potential functioning level
- Prepare individualized and group treatment plans either independently or through a multidisciplinary team approach, based on health concerns and on recommendations from physicians or other health professionals
- Design specialized therapy programs to maintain, rehabilitate or enhance movement, musculoskeletal functioning and performance in sports, work and recreation
- Implement treatment plans by carrying out specialized therapy sessions employing approaches and techniques such as art, drama and music therapy or dance, recreational, sports or other movement therapy
- Observe, record observations and analyze patients during treatment sessions, write progress reports on patient outcomes and consult with other health professionals to evaluate treatment plans
- May provide education to clients regarding health promotion and injury prevention, management and treatment
- May conduct research in respective field of specialization.
In Alberta a Kinesiologist's area of practice could include, but is not limited too: biomechanics, orthopedics, ergonomics, strength, conditioning, rehabilitation, sports performance, performance of activities of daily living, and general fitness. Basic psychological principles as they relate to the areas mentioned are also studied.
What do Kinesiologists do? Kinesiologists often work independently with clients to develop training programs. We also work in rehabilitation clinics, Primary Care Networks and in conjunction with other health professionals such as Chiropractors, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Athletic Therapists, and Dietitians.
What does kinesiology mean for you?
Kinesiologists can help in the prevention and reduction of risk factors for some of the most common serious medical conditions that affect Canadians, including but not limited to heart disease and diabetes. Properly prescribed exercise can cut the risk of heart attack significantly. Kinesiologists can also help you treat and recover from injuries. Using scientific best practices Kinesiologists can coach clients in building strong bones, joints and bodies.
It’s well-known that exercise and physical activity are key to a healthy life. Kinesiologists are experts in exercise and movement; they can help you perform better and live a healthier lifestyle.