What Does a Biokineticist Do?
Biokinetics is where science meets physical training.
A biokineticist is an expert trained to discover and enhance the physical condition of their clients via scientific means. Their methods include a complete evaluation of how the patient’s body moves and reacts during exercise.
They do this by measuring a number of variables such as:
- Range of motion
- Aerobic work capacity
- Muscular strength, endurance and explosive power
- Body composition
- Cardiac efficiency
Other factors such as lifestyle and medical history are also taken into consideration when evaluating a patient.
Armed with all these figures, a biokineticist is able to design a progressive, custom-designed exercise program to achieve the client’s goals.
Often you will find biokineticists working with doctors, dietitians and physiotherapists to help rehabilitate a patient after injury, or to check the progress of their recovery.
What does it take to become a biokineticist?
All Biokineticists must be registered with the relevant governing body and health profession council of the country they practice in. A degree in physical therapy, biomechanics or human movement science is required for this specialization but the main criteria is hands-on experience.
A degree in physical therapy and related studies is ideal for this position, as is a degree in biomechanics and human movement science.
Aside from a degree, extensive training and experience is required. Since this job requires precision and knowledge of the human body, each candidate for the job should have extensive experience and training. More often than not, training for these candidates are obtained while in college or as trainees in hospitals and related facilities.
Biokineticists must spend several years training to learn the tricks of the trade. Although biokinetics is based on fact and measurement, it’s not something that can be learned from books. Observation is the best way to learn when it comes to this science.
Unlike physical trainers, biokineticists fees are often covered by medical aid
Areas of focus
Biokineticists use their years of training to assist people to live a better life in several ways.
- Their training programs are excellent for helping clients to lose weight by exercising more effectively.
- They assist athletes to recover from injury more quickly and prevent further harm.
- Custom programs designed by a biokineticist can help athletes enhance their performance.
If you are struggling to recover from injury, or heading back to the gym after injury, a consultation with a biokineticist could make your journey a lot easier and more effective.
They can assist in all the following areas of focus:
- Metabolic (Hypertension, elevated cholesterol level, Diabetes , Obesity)
- Orthopedic (ankle, knee, hip, upper and lower back, shoulder)
- Cardiac (ECG)
- Special rehabilitation (various forms of disabilities)
- General fitness
- General health
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