Friday, December 21, 2018

A Brief Introduction to Kinesiology

A college student in South Carolina, Andrew Khoury graduated from Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Virginia. Currently a senior at South Carolina's Charleston Southern University, Andrew Khoury is preparing to graduate with a bachelor's in kinesiology. 

Kinesiology is the study of human movement. Many theories comprising the discipline were pioneered in the early 1960s by Dr. George Goodheart, an American chiropractor, who originally applied his ideas to correct abnormal posture resulting in weakness of specific muscles or muscle groups. His work led to the field of applied kinesiology, which uses a method of muscle testing to identify and treat various issues in the body. 

Those who study kinesiology as undergraduate and graduate students focus more broadly on the ways in which exercise and physical activity can support overall health and wellness. Kinesiology students learn about both aerobic and anaerobic exercise as well as weight lifting and cardiovascular training. The study also covers general health topics related to anatomy, physiology, and psychomotor behavior. 

Once they complete their academic studies, kinesiologists can enter careers in various fields, including physical education, athletic coaching and training, and occupational or rehabilitative therapy. In addition to helping people manage and treat physical injuries and other medical conditions, the work of many kinesiologists focuses on preventing injury while helping to improve overall health and physical performance.