What is Kinesiology ?

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 for treatment or prevention
– Improving global physical health & well-being
– Improving physical capacity for work (ex: manual labour, firemen, policemen, etc.) or for sports
– Preventing musculoskeletal injuries, cardiavascular and metabolic diseases
– Helping 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. But it should also be noted that proper exercise planning generates analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects, that the use of specific therapeutic exercises can treat or prevent multiple musculoskeletal disorders, and that in case of persistent pain (more than 3 months after the injury), exercise programs are the most efficient (scientifically proven) form of physical therapy.

Kinesiology is well recognized by physicians and by the public for the management of chronic diseases; Kinesiologists work in interdisciplinary teams for programs to develop functional abilities in case of persistent pain. These programs are recognized by CNESST (CSST), SAAQ and other insurers.

NB: In Quebec, the title “kinesiologist” is not reserved at the moment. The description above applies to practitioners who are members of the Federation of Kinesiologists of Quebec.

Patrick Roy-V., B.Sc., Kinésiologue, S.R.D.C.
Accredited member of the Fédération des Kinésiologues du Québec
Recognized as Specialist in chronic pain rehabilitation by the Institut de Kinésiologie du Québec