What is kinesiology?

Kinesiology is the scientific study of human movement, performance and function, and incorporates the sciences of biomechanics, anatomy, physiology, psychology and neuroscience. Kinesiologists work with people of all ages and physical abilities to treat and prevent injury and chronic disease and improve movement and performance. 

  • Assessment
  • Home Assessment
  • Assistive/Adaptive Devices Assessment and Utilization
  • Assessment of Attendant Care Needs
  • Functional Ability Evaluation
  • Transferable Skills Analysis
  • Critical Task Inventory and Evaluation
  • Return-to-Work Coordination and Implementation
  • Case/program Management
  • Automobile Accident or Disability claims Management
  • Gait Assessment
  • Clinical Kinesiology
  • Musculoskeletal Assessment
  • Postural Evaluation and education
  • Rehabilitative and Functional Re-training Exercise
  • Fitness Conditioning for Weight Loss, Cardiovascular Training, and Muscular Development
  • Diabetes Management Strategies
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Cancer Rehabilitation
  • Stroke Rehabilitation
  • Mental Health Management
  • Corporate Wellness Program Design and Implementation
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Ergonomics
  • Work Site Assessment
  • Physical Demands Analysis
  • Transferable Skills Analysis
  • Design/re-design of Home or Office Workstations or Industrial Workstations
  • Job Shadowing/coaching
  • Work Hardening Programs

What is The Scope of Practice?

Kinesiologists complement other healthcare professionals with the wide range of their knowledge and broad scope of their practice. Here are some examples of what kinesiologists can bring to the team:

Provide prevention, promotion, treatment, and rehabilitation services to various health facilities, including mental health clinics and private clinics

Neuromusculoskeletal and functional evaluations

Ergonomics in workplace and occupational health cases

High-performance coaching and fitness training

Promoting public health

Clinical management and coordination

Case management for insurance companies

Personal training and physical condition coaching


Lecturing, instructing, and teaching

Promoting physical activity and adopting healthy and physically active lifestyles

Kinesiology is an evolving profession, continually adapting to changing client needs

Are kinesiology services covered by insurance?

Kinesiologists are Key Members of Health Care Teams. Insurance Companies are recognising the status of Kinesiologists in some provinces. One must request to add Kinesiology to your firm’s extended benefits package. click here for more information.

Do I need a referral to see a kinesiologist?

Kinesiologists can accept clients on a referral or a non-referral basis.

How Can You Benefit From Kinesiology?

  • Healthier daily living
  • Reduced incidence of chronic disease and injury
  • Lower incidence of pain and discomfort
  • Early recovery from injury
  • Better work, exercise, and sport performance

Sources: College of Kinesiologists of Ontario and Ontario Kinesiology Association (OKA) and Canadian Kinesiology Alliance.