How Kinesiologists Serve the Public
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.
Injury Assessment and Rehabilitation
Kinesiologists (also referred to here as “kinesiotherapists”) provide assessment and treatment services for the rehabilitation of 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.
Health and Fitness
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 well being.
Ergonomics and Workplace Design
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.
Disability/Case/Health and Safety Management
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 well being.
Biomedical Technology and Research
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.