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Registered Kinesiologist at C.E.S. : What Are Their Roles?

This week we are going to explain to you what Kinesiology is as a profession. As we noticed most of the public have heard of the term, but they have limited idea of what it actually is.

Kinesiologist is a regulated health care professional in Ontario. All registered kinesiologists have passed an entry-to-practise exam and a criminal background check. The College of Kinesiologists of Ontario (COKO) is the regulating body which is responsible for ensuring kinesiologists have met a list of standards and guidelines when practising kinesiology.

In contrast to a certified personal trainer, registered kinesiologists must have at least a 4-year undergraduate education in the field of Kinesiology or similar. They have an extensive knowledge on biomechanics, human anatomy, and physiology. If we must simplify the role of a kinesiologist in one sentence, as stated by the COKO, it will be: “Kinesiologists use evidence-based research to treat and prevent injury and disease, and to improve movement and performance”.

To elaborate, below is a list of kinesiology services that a kinesiologist could be offering:

  • Post-surgery (joint replacement, ACL reconstruction) rehabilitation

  • Cardiac rehab (management after a heart attack/cardiac surgery/procedure)

  • Management of chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, high cholesterol, obesity, COPD, arthritis

  • Musculoskeletal injury rehabilitation (shoulder/knee/low back pain, ligament sprain, muscle strain)

  • Health promotion (Falls prevention, weight management, improving health & fitness)

  • Athletic training (speed, power, sport specific skills)

And the list goes on and on…

What can you expect in our Active Therapy session with our Kinesiologist?

The kinesiologist will take a complete health history, conduct an assessment, propose a treatment plan and set up a treatment goal with you. Some typical assessments include strength and flexibility testing, cardiovascular testing, gait assessment or physical demands analysis. Kinesiologists also use manual therapy, exercise instructions, and electro-physical modalities to help treat your health issues. The kinesiologist will also measure your progression regularly and adjust the treatment plan accordingly.

Our clinic’s Kinesiologist, Gary Lai, now has appointment booking available for anyone who is looking for kinesiology service / active therapy. Contact our clinic at 905-771-8882 or email us at to schedule an appointment!

Reference: College of Kinesiologist of Ontario Website:

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