Kinesiology in Sidney, BC

What is Kinesiology?

Kinesiologists are human movement specialists who help improve their client’s health and fitness through individualized exercise programs, coaching and lifestyle advice. Kinesiologists use their understanding of functional anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, exercise prescription and more to provide an individualized plans to help promote overall physical health or achieve specific fitness goals. Kinesiologists work with a people of all ages to increase fitness after an injury, period of deconditioning, age-related decline in fitness or, for those battling with chronic diseases or disabilities.

Injury Assessment and Rehabilitation

Kinesiologists provide functional assessment and treatment services for those suffering from physical injuries sustained at work, an automotive accident, sports injury, or an injury due to age related decline. The functional assessment is followed by the creation of an individualized exercise program that will help regain functionality, fitness, and overall movement longevity.

Exercise Therapy

Kinesiologists are also able to provide exercise-based services for those diagnosed with chronic diseases or neurological injuries. Such conditions include diabetes, hypertension, arthritis, osteoporosis, autism and more. Physician approval may be required before exercise can be prescribed.

Support for Seniors to Maintain Health and Fitness

Kinesiologists can provide exercise programs tailored to older adults that improve and maintain strength, mobility, and overall health. Continued physical activity during throughout the lifespan has been shown to prevent disease, reduce the risk of falls, improve neurological function as well as being important in the management of chronic pain.

What to Expect?

1st Session – Initial consultation and assessment (60 min)

The first session with a kinesiologist will involve a comprehensive assessment to determine baseline fitness. The assessment involves taking a detailed look at a client’s gait, strength, mobility, and joint specific range of motion. The initial consultation will also include a discussion about the clients medical and athletic history. The kinesiologist will also help the client formulate realistic and achievable goals to work towards.

Follow-up Sessions (45 min)

After an initial consultation, the kinesiologist will walk the client through their new exercise program. The session will include a warm-up followed by a low-intensity workout. Clients coming for a follow-up session should arrive in athletic clothing and be prepared for exercise.

Following treatment, a home exercise program is created for the patient to complement and reinforce the treatment received and patient education is persistent throughout the whole session.

What Should I Expect From These Appointments?

Each patient will go through a detailed history in sports therapy, functional injury and movement assessment, and testing to gain further information about the injury/condition. Patients will be taken through exercises for treatment and rehabilitation. This session is focused on developing a treatment plan that includes injury education and exercise prescription.

Initial Consultation: 60 minutes

Patients undergo a comprehensive assessment and testing to determine the injury/condition, followed by treatment using manual therapy, various modalities and exercise prescription. Please book for new injuries and initial appointments. Please wear appropriate clothing for sessions (shorts, t-shirt, sports bra).


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Follow-up: 60 minutes

Follow up treatment after an initial assessment. Please only book if you've undergone an initial assessment and if this appointment is for the same injury. Please wear appropriate clothing for sessions (shorts, t-shirt, sports bra).


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Follow-up: 45 minutes

Follow up treatment after an initial assessment. Please only book if you've undergone an initial assessment and if this appointment is for the same injury. Please wear appropriate clothing for sessions (shorts, t-shirt, sports bra).


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Education

The Canadian Athletic Therapists Association oversees the certification process of Certified Athletic Therapists across the country. In addition to completing a Bachelor’s degree, Athletic Therapists must complete the Athletic Therapy program at one of eight CATA-accredited institutions in Canada, including on-field and in-clinic practical training. Certification Candidates must hold a valid First Responder certificate and, after graduating, must successfully pass the National Certification Examination.

And it doesn’t stop with certification. An Athletic Therapist must demonstrate they remain up-to-date with current trends and new research in the areas of rehabilitation, orthopaedic assessment and emergency care. This is done through professional development, which is why AT’s are required to achieve 21 continuing education credits every three years and maintain a valid BLS in order to continue to be certified by CATA.

Once certified, Candidates receive the title Certified Athletic Therapist, designated by the letters CAT(C)

Is It Like Physiotherapy?

  • Physiotherapists have a wider scope of practice that includes orthopaedics, as well as neurological, respiratory, and cardiovascular rehabilitation.
  • Typically, physiotherapists will take continuing education courses to focus on one area within their scope of practice, which may or may not include orthopaedics.
  • Conversely, the education and scope of practice of Athletic Therapists is entirely dedicated to orthopaedics.

Is Athletic Therapy Only For Athletes?

It is a common misconception that Athletic/ Sports Therapy is only for athletes. In contrast, Athletic Therapy is for everyone! Whether you have suffered a physical injury during an activity, whether or not the injury is new or a chronic issue, Athletic Therapy is for all populations.

List of Insurance Companies

Some companies may not offer direct billing, and some require requests to add Athletic Therapy to their plan. Some companies may provide coverage for Athletic Therapy under other disciplines. It is therefore recommended that clients call their insurance companies to gauge their situation.

Some examples of associations that cover Athletic Therapy are:

  • All Sport Insurance Marketing
  • Canadian Hockey Association
  • Co-Operators
  • Empire
  • Canada Life
  • Greenshield
  • Manulife
  • Sunlife
  • Canadian Athlete Insurance Plan (CAIP)