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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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