31204 – Kinesiologists and other professional occupations in therapy and assessment



31204 – Kinesiologists and other professional occupations in therapy and assessment
Kinesiologists and other professional occupations in therapy and assessment include specialized therapists who use techniques such as athletic or recreational therapy to aid in the treatment of mental and physical disabilities or injuries. They are employed by establishments such as hospitals, rehabilitation centres, extended health care facilities, clinics, recreational centres, nursing homes, industry, educational institutions and sports organizations, or they may work in private practice.


Index of titles
Athletic therapist
Athletic trainer - therapy
Certified athletic therapist (CAT)
Certified kinesiologist
Exercise physiologist
Exercise therapist
Human kineticist
Movement analyst - medical
Recreational therapist
Registered kinesiologist
Remedial gymnast
Remedial gymnastics teacher (except education)
Remedial gymnasts' supervisor
Remedial therapist
Therapeutic recreationist


Main duties
This group performs some or all of the following duties:
Assess patients and review reports from physicians, physiotherapists, psychiatrists, counsellors, teachers and other professionals to determine patients' current and potential functioning level
Prepare individualized and group treatment plans either independently or through a multidisciplinary team approach, based on health concerns and on recommendations from physicians or other health professionals
Design specialized therapy programs to maintain, rehabilitate or enhance movement, musculoskeletal functioning and performance in sports, work and recreation
Implement treatment plans by carrying out specialized therapy sessions employing approaches and techniques such as recreational, sports or other movement therapy
Observe, record observations and analyze patients during treatment sessions, write progress reports on patient outcomes and consult with other health professionals to evaluate treatment plans
May provide education to clients regarding health promotion and injury prevention, management and treatment
May conduct research in respective field of specialization.


Employment requirements
Kinesiologists require a four-year bachelor’s degree in kinesiology, physical education or human kinetics.
Certification for kinesiologists is available through the Canadian Kinesiology Alliance.
Registration with a regulatory body is required for kinesiologists in Ontario.
Athletic therapists require a bachelor's degree in sport therapy or a degree in health sciences with a specialization in sports injury management.
Recreational therapists usually require a bachelor's degree in recreation with a specialization in therapeutic recreation.
Supervised practical training is usually required for occupations in this unit group.
Certification or membership with the appropriate national professional association or provincial counterpart may be required.


Additional information
There is no mobility between the different occupations in this unit group.


Therapists in counselling and related specialized therapies (41301)
Occupational therapists (31203)
Physiotherapists (31202)
Recreation, sports and fitness policy researchers, consultants and program officers (41406)
Kinesitherapist (in 32109 Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment)