Certification Structure

The Candidate must pass all KIEP exams offered by Safe Recovery, LLC through its KIEP Certification Program in order to become certified. The final KIEP certification exam is a take-home exam, allowing the Candidate to review each of the KIEP class modules. A Candidate who fails to pass the final KIEP certification exam can repeat it within the following 6 months.

The Module Contents

The KIEP Certification Program is based on the Candidate’s ability to correct a population’s movement dysfunctions. The Candidate will learn the science behind movement dysfunctions, as well as the principles of injury healing, motor learning, motor control, the kinetic chain concept, advanced training, postural and balance repair, and relieving disability.

The philosophy behind the KI methodology is rooted in the concept that the body operates through a kinetic chain — each part is connected and affected by other parts  Since each part is connected to another, any weak link will affect the whole chain. Ignoring this concept will eventually lead to an “insult” to the body followed by injury. The KIEP methodology provides the means to identify and resolve any of these links so optimal function can return.

Your KIEP Certification consists of four modules:

  • Kinetic Integrations Theory
  • Trunk Complex
  • Upper Extremity Complex
  • Lower Extremity Complex

Kinetic Integrations Theory

The Kinetic Integrations Theory module defines the theoretical application behind the KI methodology. This module explains and links the sciences involved in the KI methodology, its tools, methods, and systematic approaches.

Directly linked to the science behind KI are the core and program strategies. These strategies are core to KI. Following each of the strategies will enhance optimal injury healing and prevent re-injury while improving, restoring, and enhancing physical function.

After successfully completing KIEP Certification Program, you will be able to:

  • Be part of a continuation of care model
  • Offer injury prevention services
  • Allow safe return to previous activity levels
  • Create a health and exercise specialists network

Trunk Complex

The Trunk Complex module discusses specific trunk anatomy and kinesiology, the most common injuries, and KI management guidelines. These management guidelines are based on the KI theoretical applications respective to the kinetic chain and its trunk-specific movement dysfunctions.

Low back pain is the most common trunk complex related injury since the trunk is the center of the body’s kinetic chain. The trunk is also the link between the upper and lower extremity complexes. Its movement dysfunctions and exercise strategies are not only critical to resolve low back pain, but also any upper and lower extremity injury. The trunk complex exercise strategies allow immediate practical application for the health and exercise specialist.

Low back injuries almost always require the help of a health care or exercise specialist. Since most trunk injuries relate to the low back, these service providers should have a thorough understanding of the most common low back injuries, and their causes and effects.

After successfully completing the KIEP Certification Program, you will be able to understand:

  • The low back structure and function
  • Common low back injuries
  • The KI injury management guidelines
  • Your population’s educational tools
  • The KI trunk exercise strategies

Upper Extremity Complex

The Upper Extremity Complex module discusses the anatomy and kinesiology of the upper extremity, it’s most common injuries and it’s KI management guidelines. These management guidelines are based on the KI theoretical applications, respective to the kinetic chain, and are also specific to upper extremity movement dysfunctions.

Upper extremity injuries are primarily associated with the shoulder. The most common injuries discussed in this module are shoulder injuries and associated movement dysfunctions. Shoulder injuries affect the whole kinetic chain including the trunk. Corrective and modified exercise strategies are not only applied directly to the shoulder and the whole upper extremity, but also to the trunk. The upper extremity exercise strategies allow immediate practical application for the health and exercise specialist.

If individuals have sustained a shoulder injury, they often seek the help of a health care or exercise specialist. Since most upper extremity injuries relate to the shoulder, these service providers should have a thorough understanding of the most common shoulder injuries and the causes and effects they have upon each other.

After successfully completing the KIEP Certification Program, you will be able to understand:

  • The shoulder structure and function
  • Common shoulder injuries
  • The KI injury management guidelines
  • Your population’s educational tools
  • The KI upper extremity exercise strategies

Lower Extremity Complex

The Lower Extremity Complex module discusses the anatomy and kinesiology of the lower extremity, it’s most common injuries and it’s KI management guidelines. These management guidelines are based on the KI theoretical applications, respective to the kinetic chain and are also specific to lowerextremity movement dysfunctions.

Lower Extremity injuries are primarily associated with the knee. Discussed in this module are knee injuries and the associated movement dysfunctions. Through the lower extremity specific corrective exercises and learning methodologies, these movement dysfunctions can be resolved so that function can be regained.

Since knee injuries affect the whole kinetic chain including the trunk, corrective and modified exercise strategies are not only applied directly to the knee, but also to the trunk. Through the kinetic chain, the upper extremity activities will also be affected, especially when they require high skilled movements such as throwing a baseball. The lower extremity exercise strategies allow immediate practical application for the health and exercise specialist.

If individuals have sustained a knee injury, they often seek the help of a health care or exercise specialist. Since most lower extremity injuries relate to the knee, these service providers should have a thorough understanding of the most common knee injuries and the causes and effects they have upon each other.

After successfully completing KIEP Certification Program, you will be able to understand:

  • The knee structure and function
  • Common knee injuries
  • The KI injury management guidelines
  • Your population’s educational tools
  • The KI lower extremity exercise strategies