Rehab Assistants & Kinesiologists

What is Kinesiology?

Kinesiology is the study of human and animal movement, performance, and function by applying the sciences of biomechanics, anatomy, physiology, psychology, and neuroscience. Applications of Kinesiology in human health include the rehabilitation professions, such as Physical and Occupational Therapy, as well as applications in the sport and exercise industries.


Kinesiologists work with individuals with disabling conditions to assist in regaining their optimal physical function. They work with individuals in their home, fitness facilities, rehabilitation clinics, and at the worksite.

Scope of practice:

In Canada, Kinesiology is a professional designation associated with the assessment of movement, performance, and function; and the rehabilitation, prevention, and management of disorders to maintain, rehabilitate, and enhance movement, performance, and function in the areas of sport, recreation, work, exercise, and general activities of daily living.

What is a Rehab Assistant:

Rehabilitation Assistant (RA’s), also referred to as Occupational Therapist Assistant (OTA) or Physiotherapist Assistant (PTA), are members of the health care team who work under the supervision of an Occupational Therapist or Physiotherapist to improve client’s physical and mental functioning as well as quality of life.


  • Implementing the rehabilitation program as directed by the Occupational Therapist
  • Instructing patients in self care and activities of daily living
  • Assisting in making, modifying, and adapting self-help devices and equipment.
  • Wheelchair mobility training
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