UNDERSTANDING WHAT A BIOKINETICIST IS ALL ABOUT
Many people have heard a friend or someone mention a “Biokineticist”, but not many actually know what they do.
Some people think they know the scope of what a Biokineticist does but in fact they have been misguided, and as a result Biokineticists in my opinion are not utilized to their potential and their vast knowledge.
A Biokineticist studies for 5 years including their internship and people refer to them as personal trainers. To me this is a bit like referring to an executive chef as a griller at your local Spur. It’s not the same, their knowledge of food is completely different just as a personal trainer and a Biokineticist’s knowledge differ.
Biokineticists are trained in the science of movement and as part of this training they are taught from how to train individuals with chronic conditions to those who have sports injuries. The thought process behind how a Biokineticist prescribes exercise has scientific background and is evidence based. That is why it takes 5 years to become qualified, to learn the correct thought process and techniques for exercises. If you could compare a Biokineticist to any other profession it would closer related to Physiotherapy than personal training as Physiotherapists and Biokineticists work closely together in their approach to improving the lifestyle and health of an individual.
Biokineticists are not in competition to other professions as there is a need for all professions and a place for all professions but to think if you go to a personal trainer (unless they are a qualified Biokineticist) it will be the same as a Biokineticist then you are mistaken.
SOME OF THE AREAS OF FOCUS OF BIOKINETICS ARE AS FOLLOWS:
- Weight loss
- Cardiac rehabilitation
- Pre and post operative rehabilitation
- Special populations (pregnancy, elders, disabled etc)
- Sports/ orthopedic injury rehabilitation
- Chronic disease management
- High performance training
- Medical Aid assessments
- Muscle imbalance correction
- Postural correction
- Sport specific training
- Corporate wellness
As a Biokineticist you are registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa and the Biokinetics Association of South Africa. Being registered with these organisations you are responsible and liable for every patient you see and are recognized by Medical Aid Schemes in South Africa just like a Physiotherapist and Podiatrist. Biokineticists work closely not just with Physiotherapists but with Medical doctors, occupational therapists and surgeons.
More and more sporting teams and medical doctors are realizing the benefits of scientifically, individualized, prescribed exercise for their players and patients to produce better results.
Unfortunately Biokineticists as with many other medical professions are limited in the ways they can market themselves compared to personal trainers and people get the wrong perception of Biokineticists as they are not aware of the difference.
IT’S EASY TO KNOW IF YOU NEED TO SEE A BIOKINETICIST OR CAN SEE A PERSONAL TRAINER, ASK YOURSELF:
- Are you just looking for a general exercise routine?
- Do you want to just get fitter and stronger?
- Are you sure you are injury free?
- If “yes to any of these questions then a personal trainer is the person to see.
IF YOU ASK YOURSELF THESE QUESTIONS:
- How can I gym safely with my past injuries?
- Have I been told to see someone to help with my condition?
- Have I had an injury or pain while exercising?
- Do I need a scientifically proven routine to help improve not only my fitness but my health and lifestyle?
- If you answered “yes” to any of these questions then you are looking for a Biokineticist.
THE PERCEPTION OF BIOKINETICISTS BEING TOO EXPENSIVE AND A PERSONAL TRAINER SO MUCH CHEAPER IS MISTAKEN
a Biokineticist’s rate can be just as affordable as your local Personal trainer, sometimes it is more cost effective to see a Biokineticist for your condition if you are on a Medical Aid Scheme as Biokinetics is covered by most Schemes in South Africa just as Physiotherapy is.
Bodyi takes an individual approach to exercise prescription and provide programmes that meet the specific needs of each client.
Registered Biokineticists with Biokinetics SA
Next time you are thinking about getting somebody to help you with your exercise routine, rehabilitation or improving your health and wellness call on us. You won’t regret it. We’re based in Pretoria.