A kinesiologist is a physician who typically specializes in physical therapy or sports medicine as related to human movement, and they work primarily in hospitals, other health care facilities, and private practice during regular daytime hours; however, some who work in hospitals may be on-call during extended hours. Aspiring kinesiologists should earn a four-year premedical degree with a focus on human anatomy, kinesiology or physiology. Upon graduation, a master’s degree or national certification within the field should be pursued.
Provide clients with guidance and information about techniques for postural improvement, and stretching, strengthening, relaxation and rehabilitative exercises.
Plan, prepare and carry out programs focused on the science of biomechanics and physiology to maintain, restore physical functions or alleviate pain.
Administer manual exercises, massage or traction to help relieve pain, increase patient strength, or decrease or prevent deformity or crippling.
Recommend changes in patients' work or living environments, consistent with their needs and capabilities.