Kinesiology or Human Kinetics is the study human movement, function, and performance. It incorporates the science of human anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, neuroscience, and psychology to assess these core aspects. Kinesiologists work on rehabilitation and management to maintain, rehabilitate or enhance movement and performance. A kinesiologist applies the scientific research of human ergonomics to enhance performance in all areas of life. From work to sport, a kinesiologist will utilize evidence based research and assessment to provide rehabilitation and prevent injury and other physiological conditions. The close and personal care provided by a kinesiologist will aid in illness and injury prevention, provide support in wellness and rehab management, and improve your physical performance.
Assessment is the initial step, where kinesiologists will evaluate movement patterns and underlying conditions using a variety of functional movement screens and assessment tools. The findings are then used in conjunction with research to accurately diagnose the core problems. An individualized rehab program is developed to correct the root cause as well as address proper movement patterns to ensure return to regular activity. Corrective exercises can finally be used to develop further adaptation through exercise. The term adaptation through exercise is one of the key principles of kinesiology, meaning, not only will individuals experience improved fitness but health and wellness as well. The goal is to treat the underlying symptoms and progress into a routine that will prevent further injury and bring individuals closer to their maximal capacity.