I’m trained as a Kinesiologist, and work as an Exercise Therapist.
There are 3 main areas in which our professional group works:
Most of our work is done in an Outpatient Community Therapy department, working along with Occupational and Physical Therapists. We may also assist acute care patients as well. We also work within our communities promoting healthy lifestyles and physical fitness, and help to establish community programs where individuals can go to safely exercise in a group setting.
A Bachelor of Science in Physical Education or Kinesiology is required along with certification from the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology – Certified Exercise Physiologist (CSEP-CEP).
I work in the Community Therapy Department.
We meet the needs of a vast array of clientele. Usually we see individuals who have sustained an injury, been diagnosed with a chronic medical condition, are post-surgical, require cardiac rehabilitation. We also see individuals who want to improve physical abilities through more intensive training. Our clients require a safe environment in which to recover, or to improve their personal health profile.
The best part of our job is the interaction with our clientele and helping them regain
The biggest challenge that we face is staffing issues, including no coverage while we are away on vacation leave. As a result, our programming stops until we are back.
When clients aren’t able to access our services, it lengthens the time it takes for them to recover and reach their goals of pre-injury status.