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What is Kinesiology?

Kinesiology, also known as human kinetics, simply stated is the scientific study human movement. The word comes from the Greek work kinein, to move.

Kinesiology addresses physiological, mechanical, and psychological mechanisms. Applications of kinesiology to human health include: biomechanics and orthopedics, strength and conditioning, sport psychology, rehabilitation (such as physical and occupational therapy) and sport and exercise/fitness.

Individuals practice in a wide-variety of fields including as researchers, in the fitness industry, clinical settings, and in industrial/commercial environments. Studies of human and animal motion include measures from motion tracking systems, eletrophysiology of muscle and brain activity, various methods for monitoring physiological function, and other behavioural and cognitive research techniques.

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


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The CKA… It’s Been A Long Time Coming In taking a historical look back at the development of the profession of Kinesiology in Canada and ultimately, culminating in the development of the Canadian Kinesiology Association we can recognize that it has actually happened in a relatively short period of time. 

Here is the CKA Newsletter of 2000 - the History of Kinesiology in Canada and how it all began for CKA and one PKA at a time.