Therapists with a background in Kinesiology + Exercise Physiology are highly skilled and educated health professionals. These therapists provide safe, effective, quality client-centred treatment. They are a great option for a variety of types of injuries and conditions.


Kinesiology is the “scientific study of human movement, performance and function”, frequently referred to as Human Kinetics. Someone who graduated from a Kinesiology or Human Kinetics university program is called a kinesiologist. A Kinesiology or Human Kinetics degree focuses on evidence based scientific research and assessment to assist in the prevention and rehabilitation of injury, lifestyle diseases and other physiological conditions. Kinesiologists also have a strong background in the enhancement of human performance, especially in the work and sports environments.

Exercise Physiology

Exercise Physiology is a specialization within kinesiology that analyzes the acute and chronic physiological response of the body to physical activity. In Canada, a Clinical Exercise Physiologist™  (CEP) must graduate from an approved undergraduate program. The graduate is then required to pass a national written and practical examination through the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiologists (CSEP). CEP are responsible for conditioning clients to higher levels of physical fitness and improved health, while being aware of safety issues that can be associated with exercise. In a nutshell, CEP help people become their best physical self in a safe and effective manner.

Is a Kinesiologist + Exercise Physiologist right for me?

Our Kinesiologist + Exercise Physiologist staff have a strong knowledge base. This base includes the study of biomechanics, anatomy, physiology, neuroscience and psychology that they can draw on to assess and treat patients. This wide scope of practice and expertise in human movement makes Kinesiology + Exercise Physiology a great option for athletic/sport performance, injury rehabilitation/prevention, and occupational rehabilitation/fitness.

A Kinesiologist / Clinical Exercise Physiologist™ clientele can include:

  • Apparently healthy individuals.
  • Individuals and/or populations with medical conditions, functional limitations or disabilities associated with musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary, metabolic, neuromuscular, and aging conditions. 
  • Patients with chronic disease and injury (example: cancer patients)
  • Pre / Post – Natal Patients
  • Athletes looking to reach peak performance.
  • Workers needing an ergonomic assessment.
  • Patients looking to prevent illness and injury through appropriate exercise testing and prescription.

For more information, please visit the British Columbia Association of Kinesiologists (BCAK) and Canadian Society of Exercise Physiologist (CSEP).

*DID YOU KNOW: many extended medical benefit plans cover all or some of the cost of visiting a kinesiologist or exercise physiologist – please check your plan to find out whether you are covered.

In Ladysmith we are fortunate to have our team kinesiologist + exercise physiologist, Jane Nettleton, BHK, MCEP, BACK, CSEP-CEP be trained in both Kinesiology and Exercise Physiology. Book now to let Jane help you be the best you can be.