Q & A's with Julie Heavenor - Kinesiologist
What is kinesiology?
Kinesiology is essentially the study of human movement, and its effect on health, society and quality of life. It has a broad multidisciplinary nature, covering a range of topics such as anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, and motor learning and control, particularly as they pertain to exercise science, athletic performance and long term health promotion.
What do kinesiologists do?
It really depends where you work! Your practical experience will dictate much of what you end up specializing in - most commonly you’ll find us working with people on exercises, teaching and correcting form and technique, either in a rehabilitation setting or with people looking to take their fitness and training to the next level. With my background in athletic therapy, I’m also equipped to do a variety of taping for athletes and brace fitting.
Why did you decide to become a kinesiologist?
I’ve been an athlete for most of my life and have always been fascinated with how the body works and moves. When I started getting into more competitive levels of sport, I decided to pursue education in this field both so I could improve my own training, as well as help others achieve their athletic and performance goals. After working as a student athletic therapist with varsity teams, I became quite interested in both the prevention and rehabilitation aspects of athletic injuries.
What do you enjoy most about working at Beaumont Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic?
Folding towels (just kidding!). Something really cool about working here is the variety of clients I get to work with, from young athletes to post-surgery ortho patients or those recovering from motor vehicle accidents; everyone is unique and responds differently to treatment. We also have a very diverse team of physiotherapists and it’s a great opportunity to work alongside them and learn from each of their strengths.
What is your favorite product to recommend to patients?
Foam rolls or lacrosse balls - because who doesn’t want a personal massage every evening before bed! Seriously – foam rolling, when done regularly in conjunction with an effective stretching routine, can have a dramatic impact on muscle tightness and has great benefits for quality of movement and sleep.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time outside of work?
After finishing up my university basketball career and hanging up the sneakers, my most recent athletic endeavor is playing wide receiver for the Edmonton Storm in the WWCFL – a women’s tackle football league. I also enjoy photography, longboarding, and throwing a ball around or shooting hoops with friends.
Favourite movie? Star Wars! (we can chat about which one is my favourite as you’re doing your exercises)