What is Sports Therapy Kinesiology?

You may already be familiar with the modality of Kinesiology, but what about Sports Therapy Kinesiology? This new branch of Kinesiology is an exciting spin off that focuses more on the physical structures of the body. It borrows from a few different fields such as musculoskeletal therapy, Bowen therapy, functional neurology, biomechanics, neuro kinetics and exercise physiology.

Kinesiologist’s already have muscle monitoring as a vital tool used to glean information about the state of the body. This skillset used in an injury rehab context can lead to amazing results.

Sports Therapy Kinesiology uses many different assessments to understand what is happening with a client. These may be range of motion, postural, orthopedic, movement assessments and of course muscle monitoring. Using these assessments with an integrative understanding allows the practitioner to choose or test which treatment to apply to the injured client.

How is Sports Therapy Kinesiology different?

The treatments could be passive (practitioner directed) manual therapy based approaches such as trigger point therapy, myofascial release, Bowen therapy, neuromuscular approaches or corrective stretching. Alternatively they could be more active (client directed) approaches such as self-myofascial release, muscle activations, stretches and restorative movements.

Both client-directed and practitioner-directed approaches work together hand in hand. Often teaching the client or athlete how to heal themselves yields the most long lasting and effective results in clinic, especially when dealing with pain.

The exercise therapy approach that Sports Therapy Kinesiology uses is truly unique as it is based on neurophysiological development and the body’s feed forward mechanism to motor control. It addresses the hierarchical nature of movement patterns from the brain to the diaphragm to the feet.

A Sports Therapy Kinesiologist can be the go to practitioner in the community for fast, effective and long lasting results whether you are working with athletes or people in pain.

By Nick Moss, Lecturer, College of Complementary Medicine , Personal Trainer and Sports Kinesiologist, Functional Kinesiology

The College of Complementary Medicine runs a 10687NAT Diploma of Sports Therapy Kinesiology which will appeal to anyone who is interested in becoming a practitioner that can work on physical structure problems in an integrative way recognising that posture reflects a client’s movement patterns which in turn are reflective of their overall health, neurology and psychology. It is also a great up-skill course for practitioners of other structural and sports medicine modalities looking to add Kinesiology to their skill set. This course is a good fit for those with a background in sports, massage, and fitness just to name a few.

To learn more about this course and this exciting new therapy attend a free introductory workshop. Free introductory workshops are available in Sydney and Melbourne.