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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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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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