Kinesiology Areas of Practice

The following provides a list of areas in which AKA Affiliated Kinesiologists can be found practicing. A qualified Kinesiologists acts in these fields of expertise and experience. Kinesiologists provide services through the application of the science of human movement and deliver quality solutions through prevention, objective assessment, and evidence based intervention.

Kinesiologists working in the health promotion industry focus on working with individuals to enhance the health, fitness, and well-being of the individual. Kinesiologists play an integral role in the primary and secondary prevention of chronic conditions/diseases such as obesity, diabetes and cardiac disease. Moreover, Kinesiologists can be found working in fitness facilities, personal training/corporate wellness facilities, and industry.

  • Musculoskeletal Assessment
    • Musculoskeletal Assessments evaluate baseline and post treatment measures of physical function.
  • Strength and Endurance Testing
    • Kinesiologists examine the individual's muscular strength and endurance.
  • Strength and Endurance Exercises
    • Kinesiologists develop muscular strength and endurance exercises to improve the physical abilities of the individual.
  • Cardiovascular Exercises
    • Kinesiologists develop programs developed at increasing the cardiovascular fitness level of the individual.
  • Range of Motion Exercises
    • Kinesiologists develop programs designed to increase the flexibility of the individual.
  • Hydrotherapy
    • Kinesiologists develop aquatic programs to increase fitness.
  • Education
    • Kinesiologists provide education sessions to individuals to help improve their health status and injury prevention.

Kinesiologists work with individuals with disabling conditions to assist in regaining their optimal physical function. They work with individuals in their home, fitness facilities, rehabilitation clinics, and at the worksite.

  • Musculoskeletal Assessment
    • Kinesiologists evaluate baseline and post treatment measures of physical function to formulate a treatment plan.
  • Strength and Endurance Testing
    • Kinesiologists examine the individual's muscular strength and endurance to formulate a training or treatment plan.
  • Functional Capacity Evaluation
    • Kinesiologists evaluate an individual's ability to perform functional tasks such as strength, cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, mobility, and positional tolerance in order to determine an individual's ability to function at home or work.
  • Assistive Devices Utilization
    • Kinesiologists provide assessments and prescription of assistive devices to enhance physical performance of activities of normal living, work, recreation or leisure.
  • Worksite/Physical Demands Analyses
    • Kinesiologists analyze the physical requirements of specific activities involved in employment or life tasks.
  • Ergonomic Assessment
    • Kinesiologists analyze the physical requirements of the specific activities and provide recommendations to reduce physical strain.
  • Transferable Skills Analysis
    • Kinesiologists analyze the skills, knowledge and abilities that may be transferred to alternate occupations.
  • Gait Assessment/Analysis
    • Kinesiologists analyze an individual's gait (walking) and provide recommendations to reduce pain or improve performance.
  • Biomechanical Analysis
    • Kinesiologists analyze the body mechanics of an individual to identify abnormalities in movement.
  • Psychomotor Testing
    • Kinesiologists evaluate the physical abilities required to perform higher cognitive demands and provide recommendations.
  • Therapeutic Exercise
    • Kinesiologists develop exercise programs specifically focused on assisting the injured individual to return to their pre-injury activities.
  • Cardiovascular Exercises
    • Kinesiologists develop programs developed at increasing the cardiovascular fitness level of the individual.
  • Range of Motion Exercises
    • Kinesiologists develop programs designed to increase the flexibility of the individual.
  • Hydrotherapy
    • Kinesiologists develop rehabilitation aquatic programs for injured populations to assist in returning the individual to their pre-injury abilities.
  • Education
    • Kinesiologists provide education sessions to individuals to help improve their health status and their understanding of their injury.
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
    • Kinesiologists develop programs for cardiac clients to assist in reducing the risk of another cardiac event and improving their physical function.
  • Work Hardening
    • Kinesiologists develop programs focused on improving the functional abilities of the injured person to be able to return to their pre-injury activities.
  • Work Conditioning
    • Kinesiologists develop programs focused on improving an individual's cardiovascular, flexibility, and strength in order to return to their pre-injury activities.
  • Chronic Pain Management
    • Kinesiologists develop programs to assist those living with chronic pain to maximize function and improve their quality of life.
  • Biofeedback, Surface E.M.G.
    • Kinesiologists develop biofeedback programs using surface E.M.G. to enhance an individual's physical abilities or improve performance.

Kinesiologists work in industry to assess suitability of design of workstations and provide suggestions for modifications and assistive devices.

  • Worksite/Physical Demands Analyses
    • Kinesiologists analyze the physical requirements of specific activities involved in employment or life tasks.
  • Ergonomic Assessment
    • Kinesiologists analyze the physical requirements of the specific activities and provide recommendations to reduce physical strain.
  • Adapted Design
    • Kinesiologists provide recommendations for the development of barrier free environments.

Kinesiologists are involved in consulting with industry to identify hazards and provide recommendations and solutions to optimize the health and safety of workers.

Kinesiologists recommend and provide a plan of action to return an injured individual to their optimal function in all aspects of life.

  • Medical-Legal Consultation
    • Kinesiologists provide expert opinion on various topics related to the professionof Kinesiology. 
  • Return to Work Program Development
    • Kinesiologists through the review of medical and employment information, develop injury recovery plans for injured workers.
  • Case Management
    • ​​​​​​​Kinesiologists provide comprehensive case management facilitating service provision and optimal outcomes.
  • Claims Consultation
    • ​​​​​​​Kinesiologists review medical and employment information to provide professional opinions and recommendations.
  • Job Coaching/Shadowing
    • ​​​​​​​Kinesiologists attend worksites with the injured worker to identify opportunities and strategies to effectively manage the demands.

Kinesiologists frequently fulfill roles in all above areas, perform research, and manage businesses.