Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy
Research Scientist of Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, Arthritis Research Centre
phone: 7144105

Lab Location

UBC Koerner Pavilion 3rd floor
2211 Wesbrook Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T1Z3
Lab website

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The Musculoskeletal Health, Sport, and Exercise Lab is committed to reducing the burden of painful musculoskeletal (muscle, joints, bone) conditions – the biggest source of disability in the world.

This includes research and other activities to develop, evaluate and implement new and effective exercise-based therapies to prevent, rehabilitate, and manage these injuries and conditions.

Our work is done in partnership with patients/athletes and health professionals to ensure that is it acceptable, relevant, and empowering.

This website features information on our team, current projects, and how you can get involved.

In addition to providing mentorship to MSc, PhD students and Postdoctoral Fellows in her lab, Dr. Whittaker provides lectures in the course Rehabilitation Theory. This is a required course in the thesis-based Masters and PhD of Rehabilitation Sciences program at UBC. Through discussion and critical analysis, this course provides an opportunity for students to develop an advanced understanding of knowledge creation and knowledge translation in rehabilitation sciences.

In the MPT program, her teaching includes:

Exercise and Movement II – Instructing first year students in in the development of exercise prescription, fundamental to physical therapy practice. Students integrate knowledge of resisted and flexibility program design, the respiratory response to exercise, and methodology for exercise testing and prescription for healthy individuals, as well as those with chronic disease.

Clinical Practice II – In this course, students are taught how to apply theories and principles of movement and breathing in the development of physical therapy programs for persons with musculoskeletal and cardiorespiratory dysfunction. This course provides students with knowledge to select, implement and evaluate the effectiveness of basic physical therapy interventions (assessment and treatment skills and techniques). Dr. Whittaker teaches a module on osteoarthritis and total joint arthroplasty.

Clinical Practice VIa – Dr. Whittaker teaches a module on the topic of medical imaging technologies for management of musculoskeletal conditions. Topics include an overview of common imaging modalities, concepts related to diagnostic accuracy, evidence-based imaging guidelines and the application of imaging referral principles to common musculoskeletal conditions through case studies.

World Physiotherapy Congress 2021 Planning Committee

Osteoarthritis Research Society International Sport, Exercise, Physical Activity and Osteoarthritis Prevention special interest group – Core Committee Member

The Centre for Sport, Exercise and Osteoarthritis Versus Arthritis – Associate Member

Osteoarthritis Research Society International – Member

Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapists – Fellow

Canadian Physiotherapy Association –  Member

Canadian Physiotherapy Association Orthopaedic Division –  Member

Canadian Physiotherapy Association Sport Division – Member
Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia – Member

British Journal of Sports Medicine – Associate Editor

Journal of Orthopedic & Sport Physical Therapy Editorial Review Board

Dr. Whittaker’s research focuses on preventing chronic musculoskeletal conditions, with a particular emphasis on knee osteoarthritis resulting from youth traumatic sport-related injuries. Her work aims to improve patient outcomes through; 1) understanding the consequences of youth sport-related knee injuries, 2) optimizing healthcare pathways for youth that suffer a knee injury, 3) developing and evaluating interventions to reduce the risk of osteoarthritis after knee injury and, 4) optimizing function in persons that develop knee osteoarthritis pre-maturely as a result of an injury. A further interest is the application of diagnostic imaging in the management of musculoskeletal conditions. Her research has direct implications for the clinical management of individuals with sport-related knee injuries and has included the identification of common factors that mediate knee injury as well as the onset and progression of post-traumatic osteoarthritis. Central to her work is an integrated knowledge translation approach, involving patients and health professional throughout the research-to-practice continuum.

See publications by Jackie Whittaker on  PubMed