Director, Tendon Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation Laboratoy
work phone: 8221353

Lab Location

Centre for Hip Health and Mobility
2635 Laurel Street
Robert H.N. Ho Research Centre
Vancouver, BC V5Z 1M9

Dr. Scott’s teaching interests include the principles of mechanobiology and tissue healing-core concepts for the Physiotherapy profession. He encourages students to think biologically, and to maintain a questioning and open approach to the art and science of physiotherapy. Building students’ confidence in the concepts of mechanobiology and tissue pathology will empower them, as clinicians, to advocate for an active rehabilitation approach with patients and colleagues.

Organizer and Chair of the Second International Scientific Tendinopathy Symposium

Co-developer of the Tendinopathy Toolkit

Affiliation and Links

Experimental Medicine Program
Centre for Hip Health and Mobility
Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (Scholar)


Physiotherapy Association of BC (lectures, knowledge translation initiatives)
WorksafeBC (lectures, seminars, research roundtables)
Physiotherapy Foundation of Canada, grant reviewer
Assistant Editor, Journal of Sports and Medicine in Science, 2011 – present
Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis, undergraduate award review committee
Faculty of Medicine, NSERC undergraduate award review committee


Dr. Scott is a graduate of the UBC Physical Therapy program, and the UBC Experimental Medicine PhD program. His research targets a widespread problem, overuse injuries and chronically painful tendon disorder in workers and athletes. Dr Scott is the lead investigator on an international, multicenter randomized controlled clinical trial investigating the efficacy of platelet rich plasma (PRP) in combination with exercise for patellar tendinopathy. He is a coinvestigator on a local randomized controlled trial examining intramuscular stimulation (a form of acupuncture therapy) as a treatment for Achilles tendinopathy. His laboratory is examining the biological and biomechanical responses of tendons to mechanical loading and/or injury. His research has been supported locally by organizations including WorksafeBC and the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, nationally through CFI, CIHR and NSERC, and internationally through the Canada-Scandinavia Foundation, the Swedish Research Council, and the University of Queensland, Queen Mary University of London, and University of Indiana. He maintains active collaborations with Oslo University, Umeå University, and University of Paris. His work has been incorporated into a widely used web-based clinical guideline (UpToDate©).

Research Page

See publications by A Scott on ResearchGate

Book chapters:

Scott A, Cook JL, Khan, KM.  Human tendon overuse pathology: Histopathological, ultrastructural, and biochemical findings. International Olympic Commission on Tendinopathy.  Edited by S Woo, S Arnoczky, P Renstrom.  Massachusetts: Blackwell Publishing Ltd; 2007:69-84.

Scott A, Khan KM.  Pathogenesis of tendinopathy: update and implications for management.  Orthopaedic Knowledge Update. Edited by B. Kibler.  American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.  2009:307-312.

Danielson P, Scott A. Biochemical Causes of Patellar Tendinopathy. In: Anterior Knee Pain 2nd ed. Editor: Vicente Sanchis Alfonso; Spriger-Verlag, London July 2011

B Vicenzino, A Scott, S Bell. Elbow and arm pain. Clinical Sports Medicine, 4th ed. New York: McGraw Hill Co. 2012.

Grävare-Silbernagel, A Scott, J Karlsson. Outcome Measures and Scoring Systems. Disorders of the Achilles Tendon Insertion. J. J. Wiegerinck. Guildford, UK., DJO Publications. 2012.