I’m blatantly biased.
After committing the past 5 years of my life studying the science of human movement, Kinesiology as a profession has a profound pool of resources filled with tremendous untapped potential.
Forget about personal training, physical therapy, ergonomics, research, or whatever other post-graduate profession Kinesiologists find themselves pursuing. My understanding is that, as Kinesiologists, we’ve been funneled into a finite amount of choices, most of which completely miss the competitive advantage that Kinesiologists have.
An individual once told me that studying the human body was like studying Latin. In his opinion, this area of focus was dead. I immediately gave him the middle finger with my third eye before I hooked him up to a machine that delivers enough current to electrocute a small child. But I digress.
As Kinesiologists, we learn the fundamentals of basic human physiology, biomechanics, anatomy, nutrition, injury prevention, rehabilitation, neuroscience, movement disorders, psychology, and sociology, all serviced under the umbrella of understanding the human body. Our skill set separates us from other professions because we are a genuine collection of individuals mastering the truest form of becoming the now voodoo term, jack-of-all-trades.
We are a jack-of-all-trades, master of many.
In a world where specificity often breeds ignorance on subjects deviating from the pages of research papers, Kinesiologists have the ability to see the big picture and deconstruct problems from a wider vantage point and tackle them from multiple angles, boiling them down to their most fundamental issue. Our arms stretch far as T-Shaped people.
To illustrate this example, the T-shaped Kinesiologist is most easily represented in personal training.
As a personal trainer, we must be experts in human physiology, biomechanics, anatomy, and nutrition. Additionally, we require all the skills of social psychology for behavioural modification; identifying and working with injuries; understanding the processes and boundaries of those in stages of physical rehabilitation; noting the side effects of particular medications under the stresses of exercise for medical conditions; the limitations of special populations; while simultaneously analyzing the impacts of society on that particular individual. Soft skills are another area of critical importance because we are directly influencing human beings. We are part doctor, part trainer, part psychologist, part nutritionist, part therapist.
In no way am I claiming that we are these professions, but very seldom do we see other professions with this many tools in their toolbox.
But which is it?
Specialists are contained in silos. Silos make up a group of particular individuals that are remarkably alike in the structure of their mental patterning and experiences, who reinforce each others thought, ideas, actions, and beliefs that brings them further away from the ability to communicate with others on differing ideas.
The average medical doctor can’t talk to a physical therapist. The average physical therapist can’t talk to a nutritionist. The average nutritionist can’t talk to a life/behaviour coach. The average life/behaviour coach can’t talk to a medical doctor.
The channels of communication are broken. Sucked deeper into their silos, doctors, physical therapists, nutritionists, and life coaches get trapped into one way of thinking. Their individual solutions are superior to the sum total. Funny enough, all of these professions have one thing in common. They all work with the human body.
Yet, the patient themselves must solve the puzzle of conflicting advice from each of these individuals to build their own individualized treatment plan to match their lifestyle for their particular needs.
That’s where the competitive advantage of the Kinesiologist shines bright. There’s a technological trend that is trying to help professionals communicate across these chasms of broken telephone. As Kinesiologists, we can already do that, all of it.
We can act as the middle man that cultivates the knowledge of each of these practices, fill the gaps, piece together the intricate puzzle, and directly impact the individual in an extremely valuable way. A comprehensive package of physical, mental, and spiritual health. A holistic approach to treating the human body. A sum total that is multiplied by a factor of X, where X is the quality of care.
That is who we are.
We bring so much to the table. Its about time we get recognized for it.
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