Kinesiotherapists are an extremely valuable resource in the VA. They provide a variety of essential services, which enhance the quality of life of our veteran patients. Through their expertise in assessment and treatment they promote improved function, overall health and conditioning.
Having an exercise physiology background makes kinesiotherapists (KT) well suited for additional sub-specialization in many areas. We have KTs who provide cardiac and pulmonary rehab, aquatic therapy, driver training, and functional capacity evaluations. The versatile nature of kinesiotherapists makes them well suited for interdisciplinary patient care
I have had the pleasure of working with Kinesiotherapists at all levels, from the VA system to private industry. I have found Kinesiotherapists to be very capable and qualified to competently perform all aspects of rehabilitation. They have shown considerable compassion towards my patients and provided a much needed education of the rehabilitation process.
Become Recognized for your Area of Expertise
The clinical specialization program has been established as a means to formally recognize the Registered Kinesiotherapist who has built upon his or her foundational professional education, as established in the Kinesiotherapy Scope of Practice. Clinical specialization is a voluntary process, initiated at the request of the RKT. COPSKT recognizes individuals who have attained an advanced level of knowledge and skill in each specialty area with approved training thru certifying bodies as outlined below.
The purpose of the Council on Professional Standards for Kinesiotherapy (COPSKT) is to establish and maintain the qualification standards for academic programs that train entry-level kinesiotherapists, to provide the examination and testing of professional skills and knowledges unique to the kinesiotherapist, and to provide opportunities for practicing clinicians to maintain registered status through seminars, conferences, and other coursework.
What Are Kinesiotherapists?
Kinesiotherapists provide sub-acute or post-acute rehabilitative therapy focusing on therapeutic exercise, reconditioning and physical education. Kinesiotherapists emphasize the psychological as well as physical benefits of therapeutic exercise for rehabilitation. Following a prescription from a licensed practitioner, kinesiotherapists provide rehabilitative exercise and education to patients.
The American Kinesiotherapy Association’s Strategic Partners are groups of individuals or services that enhance the vision and mission of the AKTA.
The mission of the AKTA is to support the rehabilitative services of Registered Kinesiotherapists while promoting the health and wellness of all populations including Veterans and individuals with functional limitations.
The mission of the Association as a non-profit organization shall by accomplished by advancing the professional standards of education and training by developing and sponsoring educational programs of the highest scientific and professional competence.