What is Kinesiology?

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Michelle T and I are the Registered Kinesiologists here at Aim2walk. As Kinesiologists we are often asked the same questions from clients and their family members:

  • What is Kinesiology?
  • What is the difference between a Physiotherapist and a Kinesiologist?
  • Is Kinesiology covered by my insurance?

So I have decided to answer these questions for those of you who may curious about our profession and what we can do to help you.

What is Kinesiology?

By definition, Kinesiology is the scientific study of human movement. Through applying bio-mechanics, anatomy, physiology, psychology and neuroscience, Kinesiologists focus their efforts on the efficiency of human movement, performance and function.

As of April 1, 2013, Kinesiology became a regulated profession in Ontario. This means that anyone practicing as a Kinesiologist has to be registered with the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario. In order to become registered, a candidate must have graduated from a four-year bachelor’s degree program in Kinesiology, complete a Jurisprudence module regarding laws, regulations and standards, and also pass an entry-to-practice examination.

What is the difference between a Physiotherapist and a Kinesiologist?

This is a question we get asked a lot. There are many similarities between Physiotherapists and Kinesiologists as our scopes of practice tend to overlap. However one of the major differences between the two are that Physiotherapists can diagnose injuries and Kinesiologists cannot.

Nonetheless, Kinesiologists can provide exercise prescriptions to their clients. At our clinic the Kinesiologists and Physiotherapists work very closely together and this allows us to ensure that our clients are getting the very best exercise treatments.

Is Kinesiology covered by my insurance?

Depending on your insurance coverage Kinesiology may be a covered health care profession. However because Kinesiology is a relatively new regulated profession not all insurance companies have updated their extended health coverage to include it. Please help us get the word out by contacting your insurance company and requesting coverage for Kinesiology!

So whether you are looking to improve your strength, endurance, overall health, manage an injury, manage a chronic condition, or just maintain the physical condition you are in, do not hesitate to consider what a Kinesiologist can do for you!

For more information about Kinesiology please visit the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario: http://www.coko.ca/

Or the Ontario Kinesiology Association:
http://www.oka.on.ca/

Lindsay Simpson
www.aim2walk.ca

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