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First Line Kinesiologists Inc. 33 Hazelton Ave, Suite 407 Toronto Ontario M5R 2E3 Tel: 416 405 9955 Fax: 416 405 9959 What is a Kinesiologist? John R. Gray, MSc, CSCS, CK While many people are already aware of the benefits of working with a kinesiologist, others are unfamiliar with the profession. A kinesiologist is a self-regulated health professional who uses exercise, and other forms of movement, to help people rehabilitate injury and/or restore or enhance physical function. As this scope of practice can become very broad, many kinesiologists have specialized in a particular area. For example, one kinesiologist may work in a multidisciplinary team of health professionals to assess and treat injury, whereas another may focus on the health benefits of exercise and work in more of a personal training capacity. What ties kinesiologists together is their membership in the Ontario Kinesiology Association (OKA), the regulatory body for kinesiology since 1982. Certified members of the OKA bear the credential “CK”, or Certified Kinesiologist. The OKA sets demanding guidelines that require a four year university degree in kinesiology and ensures that the candidate has completed appropriate coursework in biomechanics, motor control/learning, and exercise physiology, among other subjects. All Certified Kinesiologists must follow standards of practice and continuing education requirements that equal or exceed other regulated health professions. Also, similar to other health professions’ colleges, the OKA has a process through which the public may submit a complaint regarding the inappropriateness of action or negligence of any Certified Kinesiologist. This creates an increased level of accountability for all Certified Kinesiologists to ensure they are practicing ethically and appropriately. However, completing a kinesiology degree does not necessarily make one a kinesiologist, as many personal trainers may advertise themselves to be. Although it can sometimes create confusion, the title “kinesiologist” is impossible to protect against others’ use, just as “therapist”, “investment advisor”, or “accountant” are titles that cannot be protected. That is why it is important for people to understand that only people who have met the requirements of the OKA should legitimately consider themselves kinesiologists. Please feel free to send us any questions you may have, or contact us for additional information. If you would like to learn more about the kinesiology profession or the OKA, please visit the website at: www.oka.on.ca.
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