The journey of a Kinesiologist

 

Jane Gage

Jane Gage

Registered Kinesiologist

Jane completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo. She is registered with the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario, a member of the Ontario Kinesiology Association and Canadian Kinesiology Alliance with certification in ABA from the Geneva Center for Autism as well as certifications with CCAA, Yoga Instruction, BoneFit and GLA:D. She has facilitated movement programs with individuals who are vulnerable as a result of chronic illness and disability since the inception of her career. Jane has a passion for helping individuals, young and old, reach their health goals and potential.

The journey of a Kinesiologist

Kinesiologists must always act in the best interests of their client, ensuring that movement and exercise programs and education are focused on the goals, needs and interests of the client.  

 

Why kinesiology?

Change happens through movement and movement heals” – Joseph H Pilates

My passion for the profession of kinesiology is reflected in this quote by Joseph H Pilates.

It is a passion for helping people, young or old, athletes or ‘work’ athletes, and the individual, to reach their health goals and potential with varying degrees of:

  • Fitness;
  • Health;
  • Wellness.

Why study Kinesiology?

As Kinesiologists, we believe we have a responsibility to educate and empower individuals on the benefits of exercise and an active lifestyle within their environment.

Our unique knowledge gained in University combined with continued learning and skill development as a professional allows us to achieve this responsibility.

Our mission is to encourage movement, health and lifestyle changes for people who are vulnerable as a result of a chronic illness or disability and who may be hesitant to exercise. Seeing their growth and engagement in their own health and wellness continued is extremely fulfilling and incredibly rewarding.

We genuinely believe in the value of movement/exercise therapy and the physical, emotional, and functional benefits it affords to the individual. As well, more and more scientific-based evidence relates the benefits of movement and exercise to optimal health, body, and mind.

Why become a kinesiologist?

Movement is medicine for creating change in a person’s physical, emotional or mental states.” – Carol Welch

My personal vision as a Kinesiologist has been to engage children, youth, and older adults with client-centred in-home programs. And, focusing on the abilities of the individual to progress or maintain skill and function is my purpose.

What is the role of a kinesiologist?

Professionally, Kinesiologists must always act in the best interests of their client. This is achieved by ensuring that movement and exercise programs and education are focused on the goals, needs and interests of the client.

The impact of movement on the body and mind has continued to astound and intrigue me. I have never questioned the study of Kinesiology and the importance it has on the lives of patients living with chronic illness or disability, as well as in the workplace.


The profession of kinesiology is an opportunity to profoundly impact the lives of the many clients we serve. Moving into this decade I believe we as Kinesiologists offer a unique and valuable service to many and I am hopeful for the promise of the profession of Kinesiology.

What is the journey of a kinesiologist?

Every kinesiologist follows their own path; this is mine.

I am a Registered Kinesiologist living and working in Ontario. I am an active member of the Ontario Kinesiology Association and Canadian Kinesiology Alliance. I am the founder of a Kinesiology practice offering client-centered, in-home movement programs and group programs to children and youth with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities.

This includes programs for adults 55+ years of age, living with chronic illness, such as:

  • Stroke;
  • Multiple Sclerosis;
  • Parkinson’s;
  • Fibromyalgia;
  • ABI;
  • Osteoporosis;
  • Osteoarthritis.

For the past 30 years, I have developed specialized exercise and movement programs in various settings including day programs, clinical and private practice. Early on in my career I held a Director position with the Ontario Kinesiology Association and was President of the Ontario Kinesiology Association.

I have a genuine commitment as a Kinesiologist to engage and enliven all individuals, young and old, in specialized movement and exercise programs, to facilitate their functional movement, health and lifestyle. My focus always is on the ABILITY of the individual, empowering potential, and lifestyle change.

Throughout my career, I have continued to learn and expand my skills and knowledge to serve my clients to the best of my ability.

What will be your impact as a Kinesiologist?

Kinesiologists demonstrate daily their value and the positive impact of exercise, movement, education and behavioral change on the day-to-day lives of their clients.” – Willkin

In my 25+ years working as a Kinesiologist, I have at times questioned if I was making the impact I envisioned. Working with clients and seeing the impact that movement and exercise has not only on their function, also their lives, continually reinforces my commitment to the profession. As Kinesiologists we work in various settings: 

  • Clinical;
  • Return-to-work programs;
  • Assessment;
  • Workplace;
  • Fitness;
  • In-home.

It is a journey to share your passion for movement and health with your clients. Specifically, we prioritize servicing and impacting the individual, leading them from disease or disability to wellness.

How can you provide impact and value as Kinesiologist? 

  1. Understand and use your strengths as a guide for client success.
  2. Empower the individual, facilitate lifestyle change, support physical and functional potential, regardless of age, health status or ability.
  3. Prioritize client needs. What are their goals? How can we facilitate and support the management of health, empower change, and educate for a healthier lifestyle?
  4. Practice within the limits of your personal skill, knowledge, and interest.
  5. Build a network of health care professionals in your region. Be part of an interdisciplinary team. It is important in your clients’ success and your professional integrity.
  6. Understand and work within your scope of practice and field of interest, i.e. rehabilitation, clinical, workplace or insurance setting. It is imperative and supports further specialization as your career unfolds.
  7. Continue to learn and strengthen your skills. It is our responsibility as professionals, supporting the vision of your practice.
  8. Learning forums such as eXpand, First Line Education Inc and CSEP, to name a few, offer unique learning and growth opportunities.
  9. Stay connected with colleagues, other health care professionals, and Kinesiologists.
  10. You are not alone…connect with your professional association and the Canadian Kinesiology Alliance.

You are the momentum for the future of the profession of Kinesiology.


I am hopeful that with scientific-based evidence supporting exercise and prevention, performance, and management, we can make an impact for the profession of Kinesiology and most significantly for the individuals we support in our practice.

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