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Background

WHAT IS A BIOKINETICIST?

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  • A Biokineticist is an exercise specialist who enhances a person’s physical condition and quality of life by means of physical assessment, education and the prescription of scientifically based exercises.
  • The Biokineticist is the latest member of the allied medical team that specializes in preventative medicine and final phase rehabilitation in order to improve the quality of life through physical activity
  • A bachelor’s degree in Human Movement Science is a prerequisite for the required Honours degree.  The honours degree is full time over one year, and can be done together with the first year of internship.  After the honours degree is obtained, the biokineticist must do a further year of internship before he/she may register as a biokineticist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa.


WHAT DOES A BIOKINETICIST DO?

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  • The evaluation of a person’s physical status. This is achieved through the assessment of various fitness and health components, namely the heart and lung systems, muscle endurance, muscle strength, muscle and joint flexibility, speed of movement, skill, co-ordination, body alignment and body composition (somatotype).  
  • The prescription of individualized & safe physical activity programmes
  • The compilation of rehabilitative exercise programmes in conjunction with the doctor and other members of the allied medical team
  • Uses scientific methods and instruments, such as a treadmill, bicycle ergometer, isokinetic strength dynamometers, pulse frequency monitors, blood pressure apparatus, gas analysers, and lung function machines.  

WHO CAN USE BIOKINETIC SERVICES?

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  • Any person who wants to become physically more active and healthy and improve his/her quality of life: Old people, the handicapped, athletes, scholars, toddlers, people who suffered a heart attack, arthritis sufferers, people suffering from chronic pain, diabetics, persons with health risks or physical impairments.