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What is Kinesiology?

Kinesiology is the scientific study of human movement, performance and function.


Kinesiology incorporates the sciences of biomechanics, anatomy, physiology, psychology and neuroscience into an all-encompassing healthcare practice.

Kinesiologists use the latest evidence-based research to treat and prevent injury and disease, and to improve movement and performance. Kinesiologists work with people of all ages and physical abilities in many settings to help them achieve their health and wellness goals, and improve quality of life.


Some areas of kinesiology practice include:

  • Health promotion

  • injury rehabilitation

  • pain and chronic disease management

  • ergonomics and workplace safety

  • fitness training and athletics

  • return to work planning and disability management

  • public health

What is a Kinesiologist?

The title "kinesiologist" is protected in Ontario, meaning that only individuals registered with the College can call themselves kinesiologists or claim to be kinesiologists.  


The government has allowed the profession, through a College, to develop rules to regulate the profession. In exchange for this privilege, these rules must protect the public’s right to competent, safe and ethical care.


The College of Kinesiologists of Ontario is the only one of its kind in Canada.


No other province or territory has a legislated body that regulates the profession.

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