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What is Kinesiology?

Kinesiology is an applied health science which integrates human biochemistry, physiology, neuroscience, and biomechanics with social determinants such as psychology and sociology, to investigate human movement throughout the lifespan.

Simply put, it is the scientific study of human movement.

(Source: British Columbia Association of Kinesiologists)

Who are Kinesiologists?

Kinesiologists are human movement specialists.

Kinesiologists believe it is the right of the individual to enjoy movement to its full potential and that overall wellness is enhanced by applying the sciences of movement.

What do Kinesiologists do?

Kinesiologists use science-based physical activity interventions to address the movement challenges related to chronic disease management as well as the recovery and restoration from physical, physiological and/or psychological conditions. Furthermore, they design and deliver education and exercise prescription to enhance all forms of human performance throughout the lifespan.

They work alongside allied healthcare professionals to ensure a cohesive approach to treatment and a successful outcome. They bridge the gap between restorative treatment and the maintenance of a healthy active lifestyle.

Kinesiologists helping people live better lives:
(Source: British Columbia Association of Kinesiologists)

What can Kinesiology do for you?

Whether you have been cleared for active rehabilitation following an acute injury, are dealing with chronic dysfunction or disease, or are simply looking to improve your overall strength – an assessment with a Kinesiologist will help you to accurately identify your movement strengths, potential blind-spots and opportunities for growth. You will be encouraged to take an active role in understanding where you are, where you want to be and the steps you can take to get there.

Individualized programming developed by a Kinesiologist can help you get and stay fit, reduce your susceptibility to disease and injury, speed up recovery if you do become injured, decrease pain and discomfort in your daily life, and improve your vitality.

Some of the objectives Kinesiologists can help you achieve:

  • General physical preparedness
  • Specific physical preparedness (sport and leisure training, work performance, etc)
  • Active rehabilitation
  • Corrective exercise (addressing strength discrepancies, muscular asymmetries, etc.)
  • Injury prevention
  • Postural/Alignment education
  • Spinal stabilization
  • Core integration
  • Balance training
  • Functional range of motion and joint conditioning
  • Strength and conditioning
  • Cardiovascular training
  • Chronic disease management
  • Mental health and exercise

The difference seeing a Kinesiologist made to improving my life:

(Source: British Columbia Association of Kinesiologists)

For more information:

British Columbia Association of Kinesiologists

Canadian Kinesiology Alliance

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Our Practitioners

Emma Watt

BCAK Practicing Kinesiologist

Emma has been a practicing kinesiologist since her graduation from the University of Victoria in 2018, along with teaching group...
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