This is an excerpt from Introduction to Kinesiology 6th Edition With HKPropel Access by Duane V. Knudson & Timothy A. Brusseau.
By Duane V. Knudson and Timothy A. Brusseau
Integrating Kinesiology Subdisciplinary Knowledge
Kinesiology professionals often need knowledge from many subdisciplines to help people to be more physically active. Most people know they should be physically active and exercise regularly, but, as with eating their vegetables and practicing other healthy habits (more sleep, less sedentary TV or screen time), many find it difficult to follow through. Given this reality, most kinesiology professionals should, as part of their work, integrate research evidence from psychology and sociology to help motivate people to be physically active and sustain an active lifestyle. It’s not enough to simply have the research documenting physical activity’s unique and significant benefits; the field and its professionals must continue researching how to implement programs and motivate clients in the real world.1 The most applied research on implementing programs in the messy and complex real world and at the whole-population level is sometimes called translational research. Thus, professionals must be committed to continuous learning in relation to all evidence related to their practice—not just the topics they find interesting or initially think are most important.
Citation style: AMA
1. Segar ML, Guerin E, Phillips E, Fortier M. From vital sign to vitality: Selling exercise so patients want to buy it. Curr Sports Med Rep. 2016;15(4):276-281.