A biokineticist is a special exercise therapist that functions in professional alliance to health and medicine, and is recognized by and registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa.
What does a Biokineticist do?
A biokineticist improves a person’s physical status and quality of life through individualized assessment and exercise prescription in the dual context of clinical pathology (acute and chronic) and performance enhancement. Biokinetics is the profession that uses individually prescribed exercise as a way of preventing medical disorders related to insufficient physical activity and/or for rehabilitating injuries and disease. Biokineticists are registered with the Health Professional Council of South Africa. Their service fees are claimable from Medical Aids and they are generally specializing in:
- Disease prevention by reducing the risk factors for chronic disease, by means of using comprehensive pre-participatory lifestyle analysis and individualized exercise prescriptions.
- Using physical exercise for people with one or more of the chronic diseases-obesity, heart disease, osteoporosis, diabetes and so on to accomplish final-phase rehabilitation.
- Fostering elite performance in sport on the basis of comprehensive fitness assessments, individualized, sport-specific exercise programs and ongoing monitoring.