KinesiologyWestern Health Sciences

Field Experiences in Kinesiology (4494)

CCAA

As part of Field Experiences in Kinesiology (KIN4494B), a variety of placements are available for students to enhance their learning and gain practical experience. Students interested in these placements must apply through procedure outlined below. Please note that placements are subject to availability and not all opportunities are offered each year.

Community/Work Integrated Partners

Fowler Kennedy Sport Medicine Clinic

This practical placement will provide experience for a Kinesiology student in the health care field. The kinesiologists at the Fowler Kennedy Sport Medicine Clinic work as support personnel for the physiotherapists. Their primary role includes exercise design, exercise supervision, modality application and clinical cleanliness/orderliness. Exercise design refers to the ability to design an exercise to accomplish the goals laid out by the therapist. Exercise supervision ensures that all patients are doing their exercises properly. Modality application includes ultrasound, current and thermal modalities; just to name a few. All staff contribute to clinic cleanliness/orderliness, but the kinesiologist is the one responsible. This includes orienting and directing volunteers.

Special Requirements:

  • Current First Aid and CPR
  • Criminal background check

Exercise Physiology Lab (Western)

This practical placement will provide experience for Kinesiology students in providing a variety of tests for a research project run by a private company. Tests will include resting metabolic rate and submax V02 using a metabolic cart. Potential other tests include a 6 minute walk test and 30 second sit/stand test. The students will be required to setup, administer and clean up after the tests, as well as export/analyze the data. Students will be required to attend training sessions prior to administering the assessments.

Special Requirements:

  • Current First Aid and CPR
  • Criminal background check

Kirkley Training Centre (Western)

The student will be working with both individual varsity athletes and teams during the placement. There will be some research associated with this position. Students will learn the coaching reality of what it means to be a strength and conditioning coach. Students will learn why How is more important than What in the strength and conditioning field and will gain understanding of why philosophy and physiology are different.

Special Requirements:

  • Current First Aid and CPR

Combine Fitness

The student will be working with both individual athletes and teams during the placement. Combine Fitness was developed as a method of both giving athletes a consistent quantitative measure of their full athletic ability, as well as an open architecture training program. The student will be helping facilitate the individual and/or team workouts under the guidance of a Combine strength and conditioning coach. Organization, administration and planning will also be a component of this placement.

Special Requirements:

  • Current First Aid and CPR
  • Criminal background check

Quattro Health and Performance

The student will contribute to an active clinic that includes physiotherapy, chiropractic, massage therapy specializing in workplace injuries, orthodics, and sport medicine. Specific daily tasks for each placement will be determined by the community supervisor in consultation with the skills each student possesses. Administration and planning will also be a component of this placement. For more information, visit www.quattrohealthandperformance.com

Special Requirements:

  • Current First Aid and CPR
  • Criminal background check

McCormick Home

The principle role of the Rehabilitation Aide will be to learn exercises and therapeutically assist residents regarding stroke outcomes, pain management and fall prevention through strengthening and balance as well as to improve overall conditioning to enhance the quality of life for residents with mobility concerns. 

Special Requirements:

  • Current First Aid and CPR
  • Criminal background check

Dearness Home

The principle role of the Rehabilitation Aide will be to learn exercises and therapeutically assist residents regarding stroke outcomes, pain management and fall prevention through strengthening and balance as well as to improve the overall conditioning to enhance the quality of life for residents confined to a wheelchair who are still able to walk. Prior to each placement, each student will have a 5 hour orientation to the Dearness Home and Rehabilitation/Wellness Program.

Special Requirements:

  • Current First Aid and CPR
  • Vulnerable Sector Records Check (within 6 months)
  • WSIB and Insurance

Boys & Girls Club of London

The student will be responsible for the planning, implementation and execution of an exercise program at the club, one night per week during placement. The exercise program will be for children aged 7-12 years. The student will also be responsible for the supervision and training of staff needed to assist them in running the exercise program. For more information, visit: www.bgclondon.ca

Special Requirements:

  • Current First Aid and CPR
  • Vulnerable Sector Records Check

Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging

Community Education and Programs Assistant

The student will gain experience in evaluating programs and planning education classes. The student will also gain practical knowledge in delivering and executing an informative education lecture. As well the student will assist on an on-going basis with Get Fit for Active Living program and/or Dynamic Balance Training classes.

Strength Training, Fitness Appraisal & Community Program Coordinator Assistant

The student will gain experience in the instruction of strength training programs and gain a knowledge base to create strength training module for instructors and participants. The student will learn a valuable tool of conducting fitness assessments with older population. In addition, the student will assist in teaching and delivering Get Fit For Active Living, an 8-week exercise and education program, and/or Dynamic Balance Training classes. The ability to communicate verbally and deliver presentations is essential.

Special Requirements:

  • Current First Aid and CPR
  • Criminal background check

Total Package Hockey

Introduction to strength and conditioning training for youth, teenage, and elite hockey players. Circuit training for both the active and sedentary adult population; a chance to gain hands on experience working on the ice with youth and elite players in the many areas of skill development – edge control, skating technique, puck control, passing and shooting.  For more information, visit: www.totalpackagehockey.ca

Special Requirements:

  • Current First Aid and CPR
  • Criminal background check

Chelsea Park Retirement Home

Recreation

The placement at Chelsey Park will involve working in recreation/lifestyle care with an active senior population. More information will be provided by the volunteer coordinator regarding day-to-day tasks.

Long Term Care/Restorative Care

The placement at Chelsey Park will involve working in the Long Term Care facility with an active senior population or the dementia care unit. More information will be provided by the volunteer coordinator regarding day-to-day tasks.

Special Requirements:

  • Current First Aid and CPR
  • Vulnerable Sector Records Check
  • 2-step TB Test
  • Confidentiality agreements

Application Instructions

Deadline: November 1 by 11:59 p.m. for January to April placements

Completing the Application:

  • Complete the online application
  • Submit resume (in PDF format)
    • Special instructions included as part of online application

All completed applications will be considered as part of this competitive process. Not all who apply will be accepted. The applicant will receive communication about the acceptance or rejection of application via their Western email account by mid-November. Please make sure to read about all current opportunities listed above before submitting requests. Placements are subject to change from term to term/between the time of application and acceptance. Studetns interested in only one (or few) placement(s) may not be afforded an experience.

Students are encouraged to be open to learning in all areas as these opportunities are valuable for personal growth, theory integration, development of skills, communication and employability.