FAQ

Have a question about kinesiology care? See our list of frequently asked questions below.

Is kinesiology a new discipline?

The discipline of kinesiology has been around for many years, however it became a regulated health profession in Ontario in 2007.

What is the difference between a Kinesiologist and a Physiotherapist or Personal Trainer?

Physiotherapists and kinesiologists often work together in a clinical setting; however their specialties do vary. Physiotherapists focus largely on treating individuals with acute or chronic physical injury. They are experts in the process of rehabilitation that directly follows an injury or surgery, and the exercises they prescribe aim to heal and strengthen the injured area and return the patient to normal function.

Kinesiologists, on the other hand, tend to focus on preventing injury or chronic disease. They also often work with patients after a physiotherapist has completed the rehabilitation process. Kinesiologists develop exercise programs, and sometimes they offer dietary advice.

For example, an individual who has completed rehabilitation and desires to begin a fitness program, but is worried about re-injuring his or herself at the gym would seek the help of a kinesiologist to design a safe and effective training program. Although most personal trainers are highly knowledgeable about weight training and aerobic fitness, most are not qualified to prescribe exercise to individuals with chronic disease and/or injury.

How are Registered Kinesiologists Educated?

Registered Kinesiologists complete a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology or Human Kinetics from an accredited university, followed by an entry exam, which is administered by a provincial college (ie. College of Kinesiologists of Ontario).

What is the difference between a Registered Kinesiologist and an Applied Kinesiologist?

It is important to distinguish between the scientific discipline of kinesiology, which Registered Kinesiologists practice, and Applied Kinesiology. Applied Kinesiologists use muscle testing as a form of diagnosis for illness, and they use the results of these tests to determine treatment options. Applied Kinesiology is not a regulated health profession in Canada, and it requires no formal education.

It is important to note that Registered Kinesiologists and Applied Kinesiologists both frequently refer to themselves simply as “Kinesiologists” online or in informal settings. Be mindful of this, and be sure to evaluate your provider’s credentials.

How many sessions will I require with a kinesiologist?

The number of sessions that each person requires will depend on his or her individual requirements and goals. Some individuals come in for one initial assessment and then leave with a treatment plan. Others see a kinesiologist one to two times per week for further direction and training. In most cases, clients have sessions at regular intervals to measure progress.

Who pays for my kinesiology care?

At the present time, kinesiology care is not covered under OHIP. However, some private insurance companies do cover some treatments that kinesiologists provide, like Athletic Therapy or custom orthotics. It is always best to refer to your insurance provider.

Do I need a medical doctor’s referral to see a kinesiologist?

No. You do not need a medical doctor’s referral to see a kinesiologist. If you have a chronic health condition, however, it is best to let your doctor know you may be starting an exercise program as therapy. Kinesiologists may also require a medical doctor’s approval to treat clients with certain conditions.

Will I need to do exercises at home between my visits?

Whether or not you will need to do exercises between sessions depends entirely on your specific condition, and the treatment suggested by the kinesiologist.

How can a kinesiologist help me improve in my sport?

Kinesiologists help athletes to use their bodies in the most productive and effective way for their particular sport. Kinesiologists create plans to strengthen targeted muscles, or to alter training methods. Although all kinesiologists specialize in motion and performance, some can also assist athletes to develop their skill.