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Are Non-Regulated Health Care Professionals Substandard?

As a regulated kinesiologist and a non-regulated personal trainer, strength and conditioning coach, yoga teacher, and holistic nutritionist, I am concerned with the clarity of the language in a new guideline proposed by the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario (College). Here's a link to the draft of the new guideline for anyone that would like to take a peek.

 

I've provided my comments about this draft guideline to my professional College and hope that, with clear language in the new guideline, the public (and anyone else who works with kinesiologists) can easily understand the difference between regulated and non-regulated health care providers and make the best choice for themselves and their families. 

 

When I reviewed this proposed guideline, it seemed to me that there may be either an unintentionally communicated bias or a clear statement being made by the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario. It appeared to me that the guideline, similar to the guidelines...

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Angela's Interview About Abs - With The Globe And Mail - in 2008!

Work your core - whatever that means

Here's an old article that I was featured in over 10 years ago! I recently came across it when clearing out my computer files and thought it might be fun to repost : )

 

WENCY LEUNG

From Friday's Globe and Mail

October 10, 2008 at 9:09 AM EDT

Vancouver physiotherapist Katie Steele says almost every gym has one: a muscular guy whose six-pack abs pop through his shirt, yet who nevertheless has a massive, distended belly.

Physiques like his, she says, are the prime example of how not to approach core fitness. A strong core will pull the belly in like a corset, Ms. Steele says, whereas a six-pack pertains only to the superficial layer of muscles on top.

So no matter how many sit-ups he can perform, that guy at the gym typifies someone "whose inner core is non-existent," she says.

"It's very easy to work the wrong things if you don't know what you're supposed to be doing," Ms. Steele says.

 

 Photos: Yvonne Berg for The Globe and Mail

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Kinesiology Grads Are Not Ready For Professional Practice

Kin grads are not ready for professional practice!

I know this first hand after teaching in a college program here in Ontario in the fall and winter of 2018. It was not an easy experience! The fourth year kin students in that program were not ready to start seeing clients after graduation. There was SO much they didn't yet know about professional practice!

The students were pretty upset when they realized this. There were quite a few heated discussions during that class! It wasn't their fault that they were in this position and we cannot place any blame on the college’s curricula design either. And that's ok.

 I was in the very same position over 25 years ago (!). My co-op terms at the University of Waterloo helped me realize not only what areas of kinesiology I was interested in, but also how poorly I was being prepared for the professional world while at school.

In my co-op terms I worked in as wide a range of positions as I could find. I started in a residential...

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Is Kinesiology A Doomed Profession?

I fear kinesiology is a doomed profession.

With the number of college and university kinesiology programs currently just in Ontario, we graduate WAY more potential kinesiologists than physiotherapy, occupational therapy, massage therapy, chiropractic, medicine, or osteopathy combined!

Our professional ranks should be growing exponentially every year! In fact, they are barely holding and, unfortunately, some years they are even contracting.

The decisions by kinesiology program graduates and former licensed kinesiologists to move on to other health professions are in no way made lightly. I’ve spoken to many kins in different stages of their career who have been quite upset when needing to consider such a big leap away from their desired career path.

Often, in the early years, parents can be a big influence in decision making. Sometimes well-meaning parents are quick to discourage a career as (what they understand to be) a fitness instructor or a personal trainer and push their...

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