The Official Representative Body for Professional Kinesiologists in Ireland

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The Kinesiology Association of Ireland (KAI) is a national Kinesiology body in Ireland representing the professional interests of qualified Kinesiology practitioners, Kinesiology students and the personal interests of the public. The policy of the KAI is to support and encourage our members and to be the public face of Kinesiology in Ireland.
The Kinesiology Association of Ireland was founded in 1986 by Professional Kinesiologists, to support one another and to promote Kinesiology.

"The KAI has established minimum educational requirements for Professional Membership, including both Kinesiology and other key subjects. The KAI evaluates courses and assigns credits, which can be accumulated to achieve professional status."

The Kinesiology Association of Ireland:

  • Maintains a register of Professional Kinesiologists

  • Maintains a record of Kinesiology instructors who are currently registered for teaching their particular courses

  • Establishes standards in education and training

  • Encourages and monitors continuous professional development

  • Evaluates the suitability of newly developed courses

  • Runs an annual Kinesiology conference open to its members and the public

The KAI are members of FICTA, who have been working alongside the national working group on the recent discussions and upcoming proposed regulations of Complementary Therapy. We support and are very committed to working with all parties involved and contributing to these discussions on behalf of our members. 

Members of the Committee 2017-2018

Chairperson Ger Casey
Kathleen Green
Membership Secretary Julie Bermingham
Treasurer Paddy White
Padraigh King
Michael O'Brien

Principles of the KAI

  • 1) To educate the public about Kinesiology and to promote Kinesiology.

  • 2) A Kinesiologist shall practice his/her profession with propriety, integrity and dignity.

  • 3) A Kinesiologist shall encourage the student/client to take increasing responsibility for his/her own healing and learning.

  • 4) A Kinesiologist is responsible for continuing his/her personal and professional development by undertaking further training and study, conferring with colleagues and acquiring knowledge of new theory and practice.

  • 5) A Kinesiologist needs to monitor his/her competence and be aware of the necessity to consult with colleagues or to refer a student/client to a suitably experienced practitioner.

  • 6) A Kinesiologist shall be prepared to support and assist other Kinesiologists.

  • 7) A Kinesiologist shall keep accurate records of his/her work.

  • 8) A Kinesiologist shall be prepared to assist in research and be willing to share results with colleagues.


The KAI is a National Kinesiology body representing the professional interests of qualified Kinesiology Practitioners, Kinesiology students and the personal interests of the public. The KAI is a professional body and as such, all members adhere to the rules, regulations and guidelines of the Association. It is committed to providing a level of professionalism associated to a health professional body. If you have a grievance or complaint as a member of the KAI or as a member of the general public, please contact our us at the following email address:
Your complaint will be passed on to our committee who will handle your grievance in the strictest confidence. We will make recommendations and attempt to resolve the matter.

Aims & Objectives

  • 1) To promote Kinesiology as a healing art and as an educational opportunity for the public for self development and enrichment.

  • 2) To establish and maintain standards of training, qualification, practice and education for practitioners in Kinesiology for the benefit of both the public and practitioners.

  • 3) To establish a forum for co-operation, communication, education, research and promotion of Kinesiology in Ireland.

  • 4) To encourage research, development, investigation, training and education in Kinesiology.

  • 5) To encourage the growth and expansion of the knowledge, skills and the standards of expertise in the field of Kinesiology.

  • 6) To invite memberships by individuals, colleges and other bodies working within the field of Kinesiology.

  • 7) To co-operate with other bodies having similar aims and objectives.

  • 8) To establish a code of ethics applicable to all members and to establish disciplinary procedures.

  • 9) To supervise and ensure that all members conform to the ethical standards laid down in this constitution.

  • 10) To keep a Register of Kinesiologists who meet the standards set by the association.

  • 11) To co-operate, communicate and work with relevant statutory bodies, educational establishments and health care professionals.

  • 12) To seek inclusion in any statutory registration of health care professionals.

  • 13) To seek the best possible rates and conditions for Professional Indemnity and Public Liability, or other Insurance cover.

  • 15) To work to maintain the freedom to practice for members of the association.

Code of ethics of the KAI

A Kinesiologist is required:

  • 1) To agree to accept and abide by this Code of Ethics and Practice and to supply the Society with a signed statement to witness this agreement. Any alteration to this Code is to be treated in like manner.

  • 2) Not to disclose any information to a third party about any client/student which comes to his/her attention through his/her professional relationship without the client/student's consent except:

  •   (a) Where required to do so by law.

  •   (b) In an emergency or any other dangerous situation where, in the opinion of the Kinesiologist, the information may assist in the prevention or possible injury or harm to the student/client or to another person.

  • 3) To adopt a non-judgmental attitude towards the student/client.

  • 4) Not to denigrate other Kinesiologists or other professionals.

  • 5) Not to attempt to validate Kinesiology by criticism of other disciplines.

  • 6) To advise the secretary of the association immediately in the event of any official governmental inquiry into his/her practice.

  • 7) To secure and maintain insurances in accordance with the committee of the association's directives.

  • 8) Not to use any title so as to falsely represent that he/she is anything other than a Kinesiologist unless otherwise qualified to do so.

  • 9) To respect a client's sensibilities and to arrange that a chaperone be present when appropriate.

  • 10) Not to work with a child under 16 years of age except in the presence of/or with consent of, a parent or guardian, or another responsible adult.

  • 11) Not to claim orally or in writing, diagnosis, treatment or cure of any disease.

  • 12) Not to make or sign any false or misleading certificates or reports.

  • 13) To maintain premises to a professional standard and to ensure that these premises, together with all equipment, are kept in a safe, serviceable and hygienic condition.

Standards of the KAI

  • 1) A Kinesiologist shall not presume to medically diagnose any disease of the student/client.

  • 2) A Kinesiologist shall keep full records of all consultations with student/clients including the following details:

  •   (a) Name, address, telephone number and date of birth.

  •   (b) Details of relevant health history.

  •   (c) Dates of consultations.

  •   (d) Details of consultations. The records are to be kept secure and confidential at all times, access being restricted to the Kinesiologist, his/her assistant and agents and the student/client unless otherwise gives consent.

  • 3) A Kinesiologist shall supply any relevant information to a student/client upon request from the student/client to do so.

  • 4) On deciding to retire or move from a practice, a Kinesiologist shall inform all current clients/students and shall nominate a secure location where client records shall be retained in sealed envelopes for release to the client’s/student’s new practitioner with the permission of the client/student.

  • 5) A Kinesiologist is responsible for any assistant taking care of his/her consultancy.

  • 6) Where a Kinesiologist has a good reason to believe a fellow Kinesiologist has acted inappropriately or contravened the rules laid down in this code, a confidential report shall be made to the secretary of the committee of the association who will then take the appropriate action.

  • 7) A Kinesiologist should not seek to attract business unfairly or unprofessionally in any way which would discredit the reputation of Kinesiology in general.

  • 8) Only professional certificates and diplomas originating from bona fide organizations and degrees or diplomas conferred by recognised universities may be displayed where a Kinesiologist practices.

  • 9) A Kinesiologist shall not act in a manner prejudicial to his clients or to Kinesiology.

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