Field of Practice

The kinesiologist assesses the physical condition and its determinants as well as the dynamics of movement of a person with or without disturbed personal factors. It establishes a plan for treatment and intervention through physical activity and then ensures its implementation in order to improve or restore health. Its functions range from the functional dimension to the performance, according to the biopsychosocial foundations.

THE MAIN FUNCTIONS OF THE KINESIOLOGIST

Fitness Assessment

  • Evaluates the physical condition and its determinants:

    • Body composition

    • Aerobic fitness

    • Musculoskeletal fitness (strength, endurance, power, flexibility, balance, and posture)

  • Evaluates the risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease.

  • Evaluates lifestyle habits (diet, sleep, smoking, etc.).

 

Counseling on physical activity

  • Establishes a supportive relationship with the participant in the form of an individual consultation.

  • Gather relevant information about the needs and interests of physical activity.

  • Participate in the problem-solving process to help the participant make changes to their lifestyles.

  • Advises on physical activity, healthy lifestyle and health.

 

Development of physical activity programs
  • Designs specific fitness training programs tailored to the individual's needs.

  • Prescribes effective and safe exercises and physical activities related to fitness assessment.

  • Periodically monitors physical activity programs.

 

Promotion of physical activity practice
  • Educate the population through various media (newspapers, magazines, television, radio, internet, books, conferences).

  • Develop educational materials.

  • Develops policies to promote physical activity in the health and social services system.

 
Management of physical activity programs
  • Manages and administers physical activity programs and services (sports centers, clinics, workplaces, consulting firms, etc.).
  • Manages human resources assigned to programs.
 
Research in the field of physical activity and health
  • Plans, organizes and manages various research programs in areas related to human movement and physical activity: biomechanics, exercise physiology, sport psychology, sociology of physical activity, learning and motor control.