Kinesiology is the science of human movement, applying the latest evidenced-based research to improve function, health and wellness of people in all settings and populations.
As university trained health professionals, Kinesiologists work with individuals, groups, families, caregivers and healthcare professionals to apply the principles of biomechanics, anatomy, physiology and psychomotor behaviour to improve health, function and performance.
Kinesiologists are committed to enhancing quality of life through the promotion of physical activity and workplace health and safety, the prevention and management of injury and chronic disease, and the over all improvement of health and performance.
Prevention: Kinesiologists are leaders in the prevention of injury and chronic disease. Most Canadians are surprised at the extent and strength of the evidence linking proper physical activity to numerous health improvements. Most significantly, physical activity reduces the risk of dying from coronary heart disease, the leading cause of death in Canada. It also significantly reduces the risk of developing diabetes, hypertension, and colon cancer. Physical activity enhances mental health, fosters healthy muscles, bones and joints and helps maintain function to preserve and extend independence in older adults.
Management: Kinesiologists use exercise in the management of injury and chronic disease. While the best and most cost-effective way to manage injury or disease is through prevention, Kinesiologists are more and more on the front-line in restoring client health. Kinesiologists are case managers who empower and assist injured and affirmed clients to help manage and improve their own health and return to normal lives. It is well documented that: proper exercise can cut in half the risk of dying from a second heart event; be twice as effective in treating type 2 diabetes than standard insulin administration alone; reduce mortality and the risk of recurrent cancer by 50 per cent; and can decrease depression as effectively as medication or behavioural therapy.
Performance: Kinesiologists are devoted to improving performance, health, and overall quality of life. Nearly every Canadian can improve their performance, function and well-being across mental and physical parameters, through improved movement and exercise. Kinesiologists work with people of all ages and every level of function and physical ability to assess, track, manage and achieve a broad range of personal health goals.