Keen, Knowledgeable, Kick-Butt Jobs

K is for… Kinesiologist!

When I first sat down to write this post, I had no clue what a kinesiologist was, let alone what they might be doing all day. So, I asked Dr. Google, and this is what he told me (via Wikipedia):

“Kinesiology is the scientific study of human or non-human body movement. Kinesiology addresses physiological, biomechanical, and psychological mechanisms of movement. Applications of kinesiology to human health (i.e. human kinesiology) include biomechanics and orthopedics; strength and conditioning; sport psychology; methods of rehabilitation, such as physical and occupational therapy; and sport and exercise. Studies of human and animal motion include measures from motion tracking systems, electrophysiology of muscle and brain activity, various methods for monitoring physiological function, and other behavioral and cognitive research techniques.

Kinesiology as described above should not be confused with applied kinesiology, a controversial medical diagnostic method.”

If that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to you, trust me, you’re not alone! As far as I can understand it, kinesiologists are generally doctors helping people to either rehabilitate after an injury, or to do some strength and conditioning exercises to avoid injury in the first place. They’re physical therapists, occupational therapists and the like.

“Rose Strength Training Seminar 15” (photo credit: Rose Physical Therapy Group)

Now, as far as that last sentence, warning about controversy, I was intrigued. So I went on digging, and discovered this summary of “applied kinesiology,” from NaturalHealers.com:

“[K]inesiology in the context of complementary medicine—a field known as applied kinesiology—is a holistic treatment approach that uses muscle testing in order to zero in on health problems throughout the body. The kinesiologist then determines appropriate physical therapies, herbal medicine, dietary changes or other treatment methods to address the patient’s health issues and prevent future problems. Kinesiology school attracts a wide range of practitioners interested in holistic health, particularly chiropractors, naturopathic and conventional medical doctors, physical therapists, massage therapists and nurses.”

Aha! Now I can see why this area might be considered controversial. Chiropractors, massage therapists, and naturopaths – oh my!

To be as fair and balanced as possible, and without wading too far into a discussion of a profession I’ve only just Googled (nor going off on a tangent about the sorry state of U.S. healthcare…), I’ll just say this: if you want to become a kinesiologist, you should definitely invest in official medical training first. While I know holistic medicine is useful in many cases, that description also tends to be an umbrella term under which quacks and frauds (not to mention unlicensed or de-licensed doctors) tend to congregate. Just be aware that this profession is one where folks may try to derail you, or prey on your ignorance and desire to help others by offering you fake licenses or certifications. Make sure that any school where you choose to study is properly accredited by the medical profession.

You can also compare the tone of these two websites’ descriptions of this profession, to get an idea of what I mean…

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