Kinesiologists are specialists in providing appropriate exercise therapy to clients with musculoskeletal, cardio respiratory and metabolic conditions. They are able to assess and prescribe exercise for people with medical conditions and functional limitations to help them improve their health and function. Kinesiology, also known as human kinetics or exercise physiology is the science of the human body during movement. The goal of kinesiology is to find strategies for improved health and performance by applying the sciences of biomechanics, anatomy, physiology, psychology and neuroscience. The word kinesiology is derived from the Greek words kinesis (movement) and kinein (to move).
Kinesiologists practice in many areas of specialty including exercise therapy, rehabilitation, wellness, ergonomics, health and safety and disability management. Our Victoria Kinesiologists at Shelbourne Physiotherapy have a passion to assist those with injuries gain control and function of their lives through evidence-based biomechanical treatment and exercise prescription.
When to Choose a Kinesiologist
- If you have an injury, disability or medical condition(s) and want to improve your health and fitness in a safe progressive manner.
- If you have or our undergoing medical treatment (Physiotherapy, Chiropractic, etc) and want to increase your level of fitness.
- Have a referral from a Doctor to begin active rehabilitation or work conditioning.
- Goals are better health (inside and out), better quality of life, improved movement ability.
- If you want to learn how to manage your condition(s) with physical activity and lifestyle changes.
Like medicine and Physiotherapy, many Kinesiologists have specialized in a particular area of the field. For example, like the Shelbourne Physiotherapy team, a Kinesiologist may treat clients together with a multidisciplinary team of health professionals such as Physiotherapists or Registered Massage Therapists. We assess movement impairments or muscle imbalances and treat injuries that can result from an unstable or weak area of the body. Another Kinesiologist may focus on educating clients about the health benefits of general exercise and work in more of a personal training capacity. Still other Kinesiologists can be found in the ergonomics or disability management areas helping people stay injury-free at work or help people return to work after a work injury or car accident.
- Do you have balance problems?
- Do you notice that you have recurring pain or muscle weakness?
- Are you preparing for or recovering from orthopaedic surgery, cancer surgery or related treatment?
- Do you need help getting to the next level of your fitness program or athletic performance?
Our Victoria Kinesiology team specializes in clinical rehabilitation and fitness. We use a variety of techniques to help you reach your unique goals: quantifiable assessment measures for muscle strength and length, functional movements and muscle co-ordination.
Want to get back on your feet and doing the activities you enjoy? Whether you’re preparing for surgery to repair your heart valve or you are recovering from a hip or knee replacement, Shelbourne Physiotherapy’s expertise in therapeutic exercise can get you back on your feet faster, help you move without pain and keep you safe from future injury.
Kinesiology is the study of the science of human movement, and we start our assessment of your body by looking at movements that you have to do every day.
For example, we all need to comfortably sit and stand, walk, forward bend and twist. We know that there are certain muscles that must be used for these movements and we know that these muscles must work in a particular order for you to be strong and pain free with all of your activities.
Depending on your specific needs and goals, your Kinesiology Program will aid you in improving your strength, posture, flexibility, alignment, body awareness and balance. Your Program in combination with your Physiotherapy or Registered Massage Therapy care can help you:
• recover from injury (eg. motor vehicle, ICBC , work-related WorksafeBC, athletics, sports..)
• resolve neck, back and other musculoskeletal problems
• regain strength and mobility
• return to work, sport and play
• improve your sport, dance and fitness performance
• correct postural issues
To find out more about Kinesiology please visit the website British Columbia Association of Kinesiologists.
What is a Functional Movement Screen?
The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is an excellent injury prevention and performance tool for athletes or anyone beginning a workout routine. A person’s body functions optimally when its musculoskeletal system is in a state of balance. When a person?s musculoskeletal system is imbalanced, performance levels are affected and the body is more susceptible to injury. For example, core weakness is known to be related to back problems.
Made up of seven screens, the FMS is a ranking and grading system that documents movement patterns that are essential to normal function, identifying functional limitations and asymmetries that reduce the effects of functional training and physical conditioning.
The FMS can be applied at any fitness level, identifying specific corrective exercises based on individual FMS scores. It creates a functional baseline to track progress and provides a means to measure performance. Shelbourne Kinesiologists Larry Muir, Radek Wiecheski, Devon Chan, Kira Graham and Heidi Nottelman are Certified in FMS.
The seven screens include:
- Deep Squat
- Hurdle Step
- Inline Lunge
- Shoulder Mobility
- Active Straight Leg Raise
- Truck Stability Push-Up
- Rotational Stability
The seven screens of the FMS evaluate a person?s functional movements and provide an objective score based on this evaluation. The highest possible score is 3 for each of the seven screens, so a perfect score would be 21. Recent research has shown that if a person scores below a 14 on the FMS, there is an increased risk of injury (studies completed on NFL football players and firefighters).
What Your FMS Score Means
If you score higher than 14 but have imbalances, corrective exercises to address your asymmetries will be recommended.
If you score lower than 14, an improvement program will likely be recommended. Depending on the outcome of the screening, an athlete may be advised to see a physical therapist for further evaluation or treatment.
If you experience pain during any of the seven screens, it indicates a broader issue. You will likely be urged to see your physician.
The FMS System has been involved with the following organizations:
Anaheim Mighty Ducks, Atlanta Falcons, Baltimore Ravens, Brigham Young University, Buffalo Bills, Carolina Hurricanes, Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Indians, Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts, Mayo Clinic, Montreal Canadians, New York Jets, Oakland Raiders, Orange County Fire Department, San Francisco 49ers, Secret Services, Stanford University, Texas A&M University Recreational Sports, Toronto Blue Jays, United States Government Organizations, University of Georgia, United States Military, University of Maryland, University of Texas, University of Wisconsin
What others are saying about the FMS:
“We now use this program with every player as a pretest and evaluation tool before we even begin to train them. This individualizes our training as we can now focus more on improving weaknesses, imbalances and asymmetries in an effort to improve functional movement patterns. It’s the foundation of our program. Everything we do builds off of it. We wouldn’t think of not using this program.?” -Jon Torine, Head Strength Coach, Indianapolis Colts
Kinesiology in Victoria, B.C.
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