What In The World Is A Registered Kinesiologist?

August 30, 2019

If I had a dollar every time I was asked what a Kin was, I would no longer actually have to work as a Kin! However, all these questions and puzzled looks and head scratches got me thinking, NO ONE KNOWS WHAT A KIN IS. So, I’m here to educate everyone on what I did to become one and what I am able to do now that I am one.

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A Registered Kinesiologist is a self-regulated health care practitioner. This means the Province of Ontario gives the College of Kinesiologists the right to regulate our own profession. This also means there are multiple steps required to be eligible to become a Registered Kinesiologist.


First, you need to complete a degree in Human Kinetics, Kinesiology or a similar degree that has to do with human health. Once you have successfully received your degree, you have to send proof that you’ve completed certain classes to the College of Kinesiology, including: biomechanics, ergonomics and statistics.

And then you study everything under the sun! Everything from orthopedic assessments, to sports psychology, and yes, even statistics. I spent about six months studying for this exam and wrote it May 2015. It was a 180-question multiple choice exam and totally worth it!!

As a R. Kin, I have the opportunity to produce personalized treatment plans and supervise clients in a multitude of settings (clinics like Whole Therapy, hospitals, fitness centres). I use my in-depth knowledge of biomechanics and anatomy to help explain movements to clients and why one type of exercise might be easier than others. There is also the need to know physiology as a R. Kin. Knowing exactly what makes the muscle fibers tick- or twitch- I should say, can help clients learn how to activate certain muscles groups and increase the size of the muscles, increase strength of those muscles and even increase endurance of those muscles.

Many Registered Kinesiologists tend to work in the rehab and prehab scene (like myself) but, we can also go down the occupational path where the focus can be on ergonomic assessments in the work place and creating return to work plans and accessibility management. It’s even possible for R. Kins to be a part of our government in the public health sector. R. Kins are essentially anywhere and everywhere.

What can you expect when you see a R.K in, like myself? The client’s goals and objectives for the treatment plan will be assessed. This allows the R. Kin to pinpoint where the client wants their focus. This is followed by the assessment, which includes: muscle strength testing, muscle length testing and stability testing. Once the assessment is complete, the R. Kin can use the results and the goals to form the personalized treatment plan. Upon the subsequent visits, the client and the R. Kin will work together to meet their goals. The R. Kin keeps track of the progress that is made each visit, and finally, the R. Kin will collaborate with any other health care professionals that are also working with their client. This ensures care from every angle and provides transparency for all health care practitioners involved as well as the client.

So next time you tell someone you’re on your way to your kinesiology appointment and they ask what that is? Let them know we’re a group of regulated health practitioners using movement-based science to help prevent injury, increase strength and help achieve your best, pain-free life!


Dylan Crake
R. Kin,
Registered Massage Therapist

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