Our expert says:
I always get into trouble for this one - A biokineticist is a university-qualified scientist, who is trained to treat sports injuries and use exercise as a means to improve people's health. A big part of what a biokineticist does is to learn about obesity and exercise and how to contribute to the exercise part of a weight loss plan.
A personal trainer is qualified through a numbe rof different bodies, who offer specialised courses on exercise. They do a little bit on injury, and on weight and health related issues, but generally, are equipped to help with the training programmes of gym-goers.
I believe that your doctor was right - you need to see a biokineticist, because they have four years of training (rather than 1 or 2 for many personal trainers) and also have a more specialised appreciation for the issues facing you. So that is definitely the best option.
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