Careers

By implementing a multidisciplinary approach to movement and human performance, registered kinesiologists consider the factors which limit and enhance the capacity to move. They strive to promote health, wellness, and performance through exercise and physical activity.

What makes the study and practice of kinesiology so important?

Advancing knowledge and practice in kinesiology has never been more urgent given what we know about the benefits of healthy, active living, and the costs of physical inactivity to our personal health and our health-care system. The scientific support is unequivocal: those who participate in physical activity and sports programs reap numerous benefits for their physical, psychological and social health.

Careers:

Health and wellness promotion

  • Implementation of physical activity programming to enhance mental health of young adolescents.
  • Environmental assessment and reduction of barriers to physical activity in a community for people with a disability.
  • Physical activity advocacy and targeted program implementation to promote bone health in post-menopausal women.

Performance enhancement

  • Using sports science testing and tailored training and conditioning to enhance athletic performance (e.g. functional movement screening, physiological tests).
  • Enhancing and maintaining the performance capabilities of fire fighters through tactical strength and conditioning.

Injury prevention

  • Pre-operative exercise training for people with cancer.
  • Facilitating exercise programming for elderly to reduce risk of falls.
  • Enhancing physical activity levels in youth to reduce the risk of obesity.
  • Development of a functional training and physical conditioning program to enhance the quality of an athlete’s movement and avoid injury in sport.

Adapted physical activity and exercise programming

  • Adapting community recreation and sports programs to include children with diverse ability levels.
  • Adapting sports training and conditioning for an athlete returning to sport from an acute injury (e.g. concussion) or managing a chronic sport injury (e.g. tendonitis).
  • Adapting exercise programming for people with cardiovascular disease.

In what settings does a registered kinesiologist practice?

Registered kinesiologists practice in a variety of settings including:

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Sport institutes
  • Community organizations

Kinesiologists can also work independently and set up their own private practice.