ki·​ne·​si·​ol·​o·​gy | \ kə-ˌnē-sē-ˈä-lə-jē How to pronounce kinesiology (audio) , kī-, -zē-\

Definition of kinesiology

: the study of the principles of mechanics and anatomy in relation to human movement

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kinesiologist \ kə-​ˌnē-​sē-​ˈä-​lə-​jist How to pronounce kinesiologist (audio) , kī-​ , -​zē-​ How to pronounce kinesiologist (audio) \ noun

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Kinesiologists study the acquisition of motor skills, the mechanical aspects of movement, and the body's responses to physical activity. A kinesiologist may work in a public-school fitness program, design exercise programs for people with and without disabilities, or work with patients recovering from disease, accidents, and surgery. As a field of research, kinesiology focuses particularly on the mechanics of muscular activity.

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The accessories maker has backed nine acquisitions under the firm’s ownership, including most recently kinesiology tape maker RockTape Inc. Founding family member Seth Richards has led Implus as chief executive since 1994. Jaewon Kang, WSJ, "Berkshire Partners-Backed Fitness Accessories Maker Explores a Sale," 24 Oct. 2018 But there’s limited scientific research on applied kinesiology. Allyson Byers, SELF, "I Have a Rare, Chronic Skin Condition, and I Went to Questionable Lengths Looking for a Cure," 1 June 2018 The crafting of each shoe relies on kinesiology, how the body is put into motion, Markison explained. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "Athalonz's Tim Markison helping make sports 'healthy for the future'," 28 June 2018 Italian designers and French movie stars went there to be cleansed and healed by Henri Chenot, a Catalan practitioner of Chinese medicine who had fused kinesiology and acupuncture with electricity. Joan Juliet Buck, Town & Country, "Why I Put My Faith In Alternative Medicine," 8 Dec. 2017 Kathryn Pinnella earned a bachelor’s of science degree in kinesiology and health. Michelle Mullins, Naperville Sun, "Naperville People in the News," 1 June 2018 Jackets and jerseys feature an interestingly old-school equivalent of kinesiology strapping: more heavily spun panels that run through the garments and give them extra structure and heft. Luke Leitch, Vogue, "Virgil Abloh and Kim Jones Reveal Soccer Collaborations With Nike, Just in Time for the World Cup," 1 June 2018 Escape Therapy--from kinesiology students Sarah Gascon and Matt Hanks, and Dawn Michaelson, in consumer and design services--took home the crown at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center last week. William Thornton,, "Electrotherapy garment firm takes Tiger Cage crown," 10 Apr. 2018 The classes — held in areas including Los Angeles, North Hills, Panorama City and Canoga Park — are run by college students majoring in kinesiology at Cal State Northridge. Kavita Daswani,, "Hey L.A., here are 4 ways to level up your fitness," 31 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of kinesiology

1894, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kinesiology

Greek kinēsis

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The first known use of kinesiology was in 1894

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ki·​ne·​si·​ol·​o·​gy | \ kə-ˌnē-sē-ˈäl-ə-jē How to pronounce kinesiology (audio) , kī- How to pronounce kinesiology (audio) , -zē-\
plural kinesiologies

Medical Definition of kinesiology

: the study of the principles of mechanics and anatomy in relation to human movement

Other Words from kinesiology

kinesiologic \ -​ō-​ˈläj-​ik How to pronounce kinesiologic (audio) \ or kinesiological \ -​i-​kəl How to pronounce kinesiological (audio) \ adjective

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