Author: Chandler Stage
By definition, Kinesiology means “the study of movement.” In my 6 years as a Kinesiology major, I’ve come to find that it means so much more than that. The first being that because of it’s all encompassing nature, Kinesiology means something different to everyone. Secondly, pursuing a career in Kinesiology means that you will be expected to practice what you preach. Lastly, you are in the “people” business. It takes a special kind of person to be able to work in an industry that solely revolves around other people, this field is not for the selfish.
What is Kinesiology, anyway?
“The study of movement.” What kind of movement? Prescribing exercise to a post-MI patient? Helping an acutely injured football player off the field under the Friday night lights? Or is it teaching a 5-year-old boy how to hit a baseball with a bat? These are just a few of the many things that describe Kinesiology but to me, Kinesiology means teaching people how to dance, how to maintain wellness through all stages of life, and how to use movement to aid in the scientific learning process.
Practicing What You Preach
When walking through a fitness center, you’ll notice that there are a few certified Personal Trainers circulating through the building. When you look at these personal trainers, you’ll notice that most appear to be physically fit. This is a vital part of embarking on your Kinesiology journey. Not only does this apply to personal trainers, but exercise physiologists, physical therapists and coaches alike. In order to gain the trust of your clients, students, or patients, a good place to start would be to practice what you preach. In other words, you have to walk the walk and talk the talk.
The “People” Business
A life in Kinesiology means you will be blessed with the opportunity to train or educate other people. It is important to keep in mind that being human means making mistakes, acting out of emotion, and that sometimes people just need you to listen and be understanding. In Kinesiology, it is vital to keep compassion, empathy, and kindness in your toolbox. You never know which one of your clients, patients, or students need it the most.
These three things are just a glimpse into what it means to be a Kinesiology Major. Being held to a high standard can be a challenge at times, but in the grand scheme of things it’s one of life’s biggest blessings. You will never regret making decisions that benefit your health and your career, nor will you ever regret going out of your way to help a fellow human.