January 2021
Is your professional liability insurance up-to-date?
Many registrants’ professional liability insurance (PLI) coverage expires on December 31. If you are registered in the General Class, you must always have current PLI coverage, regardless of whether you are currently employed or practising within the scope of practice of kinesiology.

You must submit an updated copy of your PLI coverage to the College if it has expired or if there have been changes to the policy, or if you have changed providers. If applicable, please submit your updated PLI coverage to info@coko.ca with the subject line "Updated PLI".

If you are registered in the Inactive Class, you do not need PLI coverage. The enduring (tail) insurance will provide protection once you move to the Inactive Class. When moving to the Inactive Class you must declare that you:

  • are requesting an exemption from the professional liability insurance requirement because you are not currently practising; 
  • have enduring (tail) insurance coverage for five years; and 
  • have read and understood the College’s Professional Liability Insurance Policy and will obtain insurance again before practising.
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Draft Council and Committee Member Competency Profile
The College would like to hear your thoughts on its draft Council and Committee Competency Profile. It describes the knowledge, skill, judgement and attitude requirements the College is looking for in Council and committee members. Your feedback is requested by Tuesday, February 16, 2021.

The College is hosting two webinars on January 26 to review the profile and answer questions. If you are interested in running for Council or sitting on a committee in the near future, we encourage you to attend this webinar.
Reminder: Self-assessments due March 1, 2021
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The 2020 self-assessment period began on December 1, 2020 and all registrants in the General Class must submit a self-assessment by March 1, 2021.

This year’s assessment has been refined to focus on risk areas in kinesiology practice and some portions have been streamlined, making completion easier and faster. We’ve also added instructions for registrants who are not working and must complete the self-assessment.
COVID-19 reminders
Kinesiologists are are permitted to continue practising during Ontario's new state of emergency and stay at home order.

Here are some useful reminders to continue keeping you and your patients/clients safe:

  • Screen patients/clients at the time of booking and on the day of the appointment. Consider virtual care as an option, particularly if a patient/client screens positive for exposure to the virus or is at risk of complications should they contract COVID-19.
  • Always wear a mask and other appropriate PPE, such as eye protection.
  • Wash your hands with soap or use a Health Canada approved sanitizer before and after each patient/client interaction and when putting on and taking off PPE.
  • Clean and disinfect all patient/client contact surfaces after each use.
  • Regularly clean and disinfect all high-touch surfaces in your place of employment, such as reception and break room surfaces.

As always, if you have questions about COVID-19 and the impacts on practice, email Danielle Lawrence, the College's Practice Advisor, at danielle.lawrence@coko.ca.
Since the Ontario Government's announcement of a state of emergency and stay at home order, the College has received several questions from kinesiologists. Here are the top questions:

Why isn’t the College being clear on what services I can or cannot provide during the state of emergency and stay at home order?
Regulated health professionals, such as kinesiologists, can continue to practise during the state of emergency and stay at home order. Kinesiologists are in the best position to determine which services to continue providing during this time, in consideration of their unique circumstances (e.g. patient/client needs, local restrictions, etc.). The College encourages all kinesiologists to use their professional judgement to determine which services should be provided in-person, and which may be better suited to provide virtually.

I work at a place that is impacted by the latest announcements and is closed. What should I do? 
While you are permitted to work during this time, you may work at a setting that is closed. Please also discuss these circumstances with your employer and adjust your practice as necessary. If appropriate, you may be able to provide services virtually.

Do I need to report to the College if I have been diagnosed with COVID-19?
No, you do not need to report this information to the College. However, all kinesiologists are reminded that COVID-19 is a reportable disease, and you must contact your local public health unit to report any probable and confirmed cases of COVID-19.
A note on vaccines
The College is currently monitoring Ontario’s roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines and will keep you updated as new information becomes available.

The College is beginning to receive questions from kinesiologists, asking when vaccines will be more widely available to them. Please note that the College has no control over when kinesiologists will receive the vaccine.

We encourage you to review the Government of Ontario's COVID-19 vaccines for Ontario web page for information about Ontario's vaccine distribution implementation plan, vaccine safety, and more.

Please continue to visit the College's website and to follow us on social media (LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter) for the latest updates and information.
COVID-19 and professional boundaries
Kinesiologists are responsible for anticipating the boundaries that exist with their patients/clients, and for setting and managing boundaries relating to personal dignity, privacy, control, and professional detachment to ensure that the trust a patient/client placed in them is not betrayed.

The relationship is one where the kinesiologist holds an inherent position of power over the patient/client because of their distinct skills and knowledge, access to personal health information, and the patient/client’s reliance on a kinesiologist’s judgement and recommendations to improve their condition/provide health services. View the Practice Standard- Professional Boundaries and the Practice Guideline- Professional Boundaries.

Take our quiz and test your knowledge of professional boundaries!

If you're faced with a type of scenario like the ones in our quiz, ask yourself these three questions:

  • Would I do or say this in front of my colleague or supervisor?
  • Would I tell my colleague or supervisor about this?
  • Would I document this activity?
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