The Biokinetics Association of South Africa (BASA) defines biokinetics as the Science of Movement and the application of exercise in rehabilitative treatment of performance. Biokinetics’ primary function is to improve physical functioning and health care through exercise as a modality. Biokinetics is a profession concerned with health promotion, the maintenance of physical abilities and final phase rehabilitation, by means of scientifically-based physical activity programme prescription.
Biokinetics functions within professional alliance to health and medicine and is recognised by the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA). Although there are similarities between Biokinetics and other qualifications, e.g. Physiotherapy or Occupational Therapy, Biokinetics is unique in that it deals with the following domains or scope of practice:
Wellness, disease prevention and health promotion.
Final phase orthopaedic rehabilitation and Pre- & post-surgery “prehab” and “rehab.
Management of chronic disease and disabilities, once the condition has been clinically stabilised, e.g. diabetes mellitus and coronary artery disease.
Physical Ability Assessment (PAA) for special groups.