What is Kinesiology? …& Why it Matters

Kinesiology is grounded in the body’s physical activity and has a focus on preventative healthcare. If you’re just looking for the simple dictionary definition, here you go… kinesiology is “the study of the principles of mechanics and anatomy in relation to human movement.” However, to dive a bit deeper, this scientific study explores how humans physically move and how that affects their lives. Studying kinesiology gives important insights to health and different lifestyles.

Professionals who have studied kinesiology can take several career paths. Here’s now the American Kinesiology Association defines it: “Kinesiology is an academic discipline which involves the study of physical activity and its impact on health, society, and quality of life. It includes, but is not limited to, such areas of study as exercise science, sports management, athletic training and sports medicine, socio-cultural analyses of sports, sport and exercise psychology, fitness leadership, physical education-teacher education, and pre-professional training for physical therapy, occupational therapy, medicine and other health related fields.”

 

For Athletes:

From running and cycling to basketball and football, kinesiology matters for those doing any sport. Whether a professional, student, or intermural player, athletes need their bodies to physically move to perform their talent. And for performance or competition, their bodies must move and function optimally. Consider if there is an injury and rehabilitation is necessary. An athlete needs to know how to manage the healing process for the best possible physical movement upon recovery. Therefore, athletes rely on professionals who have knowledge in kinesiology to make sure they are exercising and training according to their needs and goals.

 

For Individuals:

Kinesiology is not only relevant for athletes, but it is for everyone. Anyone who exercises (which is recommended to maintain health!) could benefit from working with a professional who is knowledgeable in kinesiology. They can help ensure folks make the most out of their workouts and ensure the body is moving properly.  When our bodies ache or cannot physically do what is needed throughout the day, the aid of a kinesiologist could be a big benefit. From exercise and health to physical therapy and rehab, kinesiology is part of physical movement in daily life.

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Earl Sims