Biokineticists are human-movement and exercise specialists. They assist in improving people's physical condition and quality of life by means of physical assessment and the prescription of healthy exercise habits.
Firstly, evaluation of a person's physical condition is necessary. Scientific methods and instruments such as the treadmill, bicycle ergometer, pulse frequency monitor, etc. are used for this. Exercise risks are identified in the client and the different basic components of fitness, namely the heart and respiratory systems, muscle strength, muscle and joint flexibility, speed of movement, skill, coordination and posture, are assessed. Injured athletes consult biokineticists to find out whether a sports injury has healed.
The biokineticist then prescribes safe physical activity and rehabilitation exercise routines, either as preventative health measures or to correct health problems, such as sport injuries or recovery from diseases or illnesses. They work closely with doctors and other medical practitioners.
They usually work indoors, in offices and gymnasia and sometimes they work irregular hours since people often attend gymnasia before or after work. Several big companies employ biokineticists to develop and recommend exercise programmes for their employees to improve their quality of life and to increase their life expectancy and energy levels. Some municipalities have also established biokinetic centres, where the biokineticist offers a professional service to the community.
Biokineticists at universities are involved in research and the training of students in Biokinetics.
Schooling & School Subjects
National Senior Certificate meeting degree requirements for a degree course
Each institution has its own entry requirements.
Degree: Biokinetics courses are offered at NWU, UV and UP. Alternately, after students have obtained a BA or BSc degree in Human Movement Science - UFS, UZ, NMMU, they enrol for the Honours degree in Human Movement Science and specialise in Biokinetics. This is a full-time one-year course, offered by most universities.
Post-Graduate Training: After the honours degree has been obtained, biokineticists must do a one-year internship at an accredited centre, before they may register as biokineticists with the Health Professions Council of South Africa(HPCSA).
All Biokineticists must be registered with the HPCSA before they may practise. Refer to the Physiotherapy, Podiatry & Biokinetics Board of the HPCSA for further relevant information.
Biokinetics Association of SA
P O Box 39051
Garsfontein East, 0060
Tel: (079) 509-9556 Fax: 086 519 8090
Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA)
P O Box 205, Pretoria, 0001
Tel: (012) 338-9300
Fax: (012) 328-5120
Exercise Teachers’ Academy
Tel: (051) 436-9262 Fax: 072 283-8466
Tel: (021) 671-1060 Fax: (021) 671-4813 Distance Learning
Tel: (021) 674-7512 Fax: (021) 674-7513
Tel: (031) 701-8921 Fax: (031) 261-9019
Tel: (011) 791-6565 Fax: (011) 791-0401
Tel: (012) 665-0475 Fax: (012) 665-0485 Stellenbosch
Tel: (021) 886-7513 Fax: (021) 886-7519