Coach Dain Wallis (R.Kin, CSCS, Pn2) is a Registered Kinesiologist in Ontario.
What is kinesiology?
Kinesiology is the scientific study of human movement, performance and function. The practice of kinesiology incorporates the sciences of biomechanics, anatomy and physiology, and considers neuroscience and psychosocial factors. Kinesiologists use 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
- Chronic disease management
- Ergonomics and workplace safety
- Fitness and athletics
- Return-to-work planning and disability management
- Public health
can anyone call themselves a kinesiologist?
Kinesiology is a regulated health profession in Ontario. That means that the title “kinesiologist” is protected in Ontario and only individuals registered with the College can call themselves kinesiologists or claim to be kinesiologists. Individuals registered with the College must use the titles “kinesiologist”, “registered kinesiologist” or the designation “R.Kin” when providing services. The designation previously used, “certified kinesiologist”, can no longer be used in Ontario. Even if someone lists a degree in kinesiology by their name, that doesn’t mean they are registered. See if a kinesiologist is registered.
To practise kinesiology in Ontario, a person must be registered with the College of Kinesiologists. To register with the College, a person must:
- Have a degree in kinesiology that is at least four years in length, or a degree that is similar (e.g. physical education, human kinetics).
- Submit a criminal record check to the College.
- Pass the College’s entry-to-practice exam.
Once registered, they are permitted to use the titles “kinesiologist”, “registered kinesiologist” and the designation “R.Kin”. All kinesiologists have a registration number that they should provide on their invoices.
Any individual claiming to be a kinesiologist who does not or cannot provide adequate proof of registration may be practising illegally, and you are encouraged to report any suspicions of this kind to the College. The College investigates any reports of unregulated practitioners.
Kinesiologists have a series of obligations and responsibilities that they must fulfill to remain in good standing. Some of these include:
- Acting in the patient’s/client’s best interests.
- Adhering to the College’s Code of Ethics.
- Practising according to the College’s practice standards and guidelines.
- Participating in the College’s Quality Assurance Program.
- Renewing their registration every year.
What to expect when working with a kinesiologist
All Move Daily Health Coaches adhere to the same standards of care, all of which are in line with the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario.
When you work with a kinesiologist, you can expect them to do some or all the following:
- Take a complete health history and inquire about out your goals or objectives.
- Conduct an assessment: These differ based on your reason for seeing a kinesiologist though all assessments include movement screening as a baseline. They can also extend to gait assessment, cardiovascular testing, or a physical demands analysis.
- Discuss and share the findings of the assessment with you.
- Propose a personalized treatment plan that will meet your goals or objectives.
- Obtain consent for the treatment plan as well as for fees and billing method.
- Regularly measure your progress and adjust the treatment plan as needed.
- Provide advice and education regarding your health.
- Keep a record of the care provided and ensure your personal health information is kept secure and confidential.
- Collaborate with other health professionals as appropriate.
During treatment, your kinesiologist is expected to act professionally and to provide care that is in your best interests. Good communication between you and your kinesiologist is important in the professional relationship. Make sure you ask questions and voice any opinions or concerns.
kinesiology and health insurance
While the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) does not cover kinesiology services, some extended health insurance plans do cover kinesiology services and/or assessments under the scope of practice of kinesiology. Contact your insurance company for more information.
Kinesiology services are also tax-deductible, so you may submit out-of-pocket kinesiology expenses on your annual tax return. Visit the Canada Revenue Agency for more information.
Working with a kinesiologist begins with a Movement Assessment (in-person or remote), at a cost of $145. Based on this initial assessment, all further coaching frequency, programming, or otherwise are tailored to each individual client’s needs to create the structure for personal success.