In Quebec, the term “kinesiology” refers to the scientific study of human movement and physical activity. University degrees contain courses covering human anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, motor learning and control, and the effects of exercise on health and vice-versa.
A kinesiologist is therefore the health professional who uses exercise prescription to:
– Improve global physical health & well-being
– Improve physical capacity for sports or work (ex: manual labour, firemen, etc.)
– Prevent musculoskeletal injuries, cardiavascular and metabolic diseases
– Help regain physical capacity after an injury
The scientific research demonstrates the numerous beneficial effects of physical activity. The population is increasingly aware of these, especially with respect to its more general effects, on cardiovascular health and stress management. It should also be noted that proper exercise planning generates analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects, that the use of suitable exercises can prevent or improve the condition of multiple musculoskeletal disorders and chronic pain disorders, and that in case of persistent pain (more than 3 months after the injury), exercise programs constitute the non-invasive (conservative) physical approach that is scientifically proven to be most effective.
Kinesiology is well recognized by physicians and by the public for the management of chronic diseases.
NB: In Quebec, the title “kinesiologist” is not reserved at the moment. The description above applies to practitioners who are kinesiology graduates and members of the Federation of Kinesiologists of Quebec. </ Small>
Patrick Roy-V., B.Sc., Kinésiologue, S.R.D.C.
Accredited member of the Fédération des Kinésiologues du Québec