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The Official Journal of the Korean Academy of Kinesiology 2012;14(2):1-8.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.15758/jkak.2012.14.2.1     Published online April 30, 2012.
The Advent of Kinesiology and Its Significance
Jeong-Myung Gim
Myongji University
Correspondence:  Jeong-Myung Gim,
Email: jmgim@mju.ac.kr
Received: 6 January 2012   • Accepted: 21 April 2012

The purpose of this discussion was to find the practical significance of Kinesiology as an academic alternative of Physical Education with recent establishment of Korean Academy of Kinesiology.
The discussion was threefolded as follows: 1) to point out the problems of disciplinary movements of physical education in the past, 2) to review critically the problematic relationship between academicians and professionals, and 3) to suggest the practical significance of Kinesiology in the academic community of physical education.
During the last half century the United States and Korea witnessed pros and cons in the radical disciplinary movements of physical education. Especially the gap between academic community and physical education fields was an inevitable problem. In the United States, American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance(AAPERD) developed itself focusing on the practical base rather than the academic, delivering their original foci on academic disciplinary movements to American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education. As a result, AAHPERD was composed with 5 sub-field associations of physical education and an integrative research consortium, while AAKPE(NAK) had 13 academic sub-disciplines. In contrast, KAHPERD stuck to the original focus on the academic expansion of physical education, currently maintaining 15 academic sub-fields similarly to NAK. The practical demands in the field of physical education could be rarely satisfied under the circumstance.
This study suggested that 'Kinesiology' in Korea whose academic focus is 'exercise' (or human movement) should be regarded as a practical discipline making the regulated health professionals as in Canada.
Keywords: Exercise, Kinesiology, Certified exercise professional(CEP), Somatics


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