If you’re passionate about sport and the human body’s response to movement, you should consider studying kinesiology in Chile.
Although it is generally considered to be an alternative medicine method, the term kinesiology originates from the Greek words “kinesis”, which means “movement”, and “logos”, which means “to study”. Kinesiology is the scientific study of human movement, which aims to improve quality of life and health.
What do kinesiologists do?
Kinesiologists are health professionals qualified to assess a patient’s physical abilities in order to reach a functional diagnosis which enables them to aid recovery of capabilities and rehabilitation following an accident. It also includes a psychological component, as kinesiologists are qualified to contribute to the social inclusion of people with disabilities.
Several Chilean universities offer kinesiology courses, and kinesiologists have a wide range of professional options available upon graduation, including research, generating scientific knowledge on certain diseases which forms the foundation for future solutions and treatments, as well as teaching, contributing to the training and education of more and better kinesiology professionals.
What do you need to know if you want to study kinesiology in Chile?
A kinesiology degree is ideal for sports-lovers who want to work in healthcare. Kinesiologists provide invaluable support to sportspeople and athletes, as they help them to improve performance and ensure that each muscle, bone and joint is functioning in perfect condition, reducing the possibility of injury.
To work in this field, you must have sufficient empathy to treat patients in rehabilitation or therapy after having suffered physical trauma, or those born with a physical condition which requires assistance in order to improve their mobility. The kinesiologist’s job is to apply physiotherapeutic techniques which contribute to improving patients’ quality of life.
You have to have a keen interest in biology, as this science will help you to understand all of the metabolic and physiological processes of the human body, in turn making you a better professional and perfecting your treatment of patients.
According to the Chilean Association of Kinesiologists’ website, there were more than 24,870 registered kinesiologists in the country as of 2017, and more than 20,000 currently undergoing training.
On an academic level, you must carefully select the university at which you will study this degree. Make sure that both the university and the degree program are accredited by the Ministry of Education, a fundamental requirement for healthcare degrees.
Kinesiology is one of the areas of healthcare with the highest levels of patient contact, and as such students must be willing to accompany patients in their physical and psychological recovery process. Helping your patients in their recovery will undoubtedly give you great satisfaction.