Kinesiology: the study of human movement.

Virtual High School now offers PSK4U, Introduction to Kinesiology, which is a grade 12 university level course that focuses on the study of human movement and development. By looking at the systems, factors, and principles that are involved in movement and development, students will learn about

  • the effects of physical activity on health and performance,
  • the evolution of physical activity and sport, and
  • the physiological, psychological, and social factors that influence an individual’s participation in physical activity and sport.

In the first unit, students will review sport-specific movement and learn to analyze the biomechanical details of each phase of movement. Factors like nutrition and training principles to achieve peak performance are covered in the second unit. The third unit provides background knowledge on growth and development in children and shows how these processes relate to physical activity in adulthood. The final unit presents the evolution of sport through the biographies of influential athletes, all of whom have broken many social and cultural barriers. These athletes have helped to shape sport and society into what they are today.

Post-Secondary Education and Careers
Screenshot of a PSK4U lesson on Muscle Systems.

Kinesiology became a regulated health profession in Ontario in 2007.This discipline can also be used as a stepping stone for other health-related professions such as Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Chiropractic, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Teaching, Speech Language Pathology, Medical Imaging, Laboratory Technology, Massage Therapy, Athletic Training, Sports Nutrition, Nutritional Science, Podiatry, Chiropody, and more.

The following links provide further information about careers in kinesiology:


A student who has completed any grade 11 university or university/college preparation course in Science, or any grade 11 or 12 course in Health and Physical Education is eligible to enroll in PSK4U.