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Jackie Whittaker, PhD, BScPT

Assistant Professor

Rehabilitation Medicine

Physical Therapy

About Me

Background

  • Academic training began in sciences and physical education and recreation before being admitted and completing a physical therapy degree at the University of Alberta.
  • Worked clinically as a physical therapist, primarily in musculoskeletal private practice, for 21 years in the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia. During that time received certifications in manual and manipulative therapy (FCAMPT), acupuncture (CAFCI), dry needling (CGIMS) and ultrasound imaging as well as recognition as one of eight original clinical specialists in musculoskeletal physical therapy by the Canadian Physical Therapy Association.
  • Completed a PhD in Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation for a project entitled "Ultrasound Imaging of the Abdominal Muscles and Bladder: Implications for the Clinical Assessment of Individuals with Lumbopelvic Pain" from the University of Southampton, UK.
  • After postdoctoral work at the University of Calgary (Faculty of Kinesiology) joined the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, Department of Physical therapy as an Assistant Professor and Research Director of the Glen Sather Sports Medicine Clinic.
  • Currently hold adjunct positions in the Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary.

Research

Research Interests

Jackie is a well known clinical educator and has made significant contributions to the evidence-base informing the use of ultrasound imaging to assess muscle function in individuals with low back and pelvic girdle pain. More recently her work has focused on prevention of youth sport injuries and the consequences of youth sport injuries as it relates to the origins of chronic diseases such as osteoarthritis and obesity. Jackie's overarching interests lie in scientific inquiry that will substantially influence a shift in the approach taken to manage chronic musculoskeletal disorders, from treatment of chronic or reoccurring dysfunction, towards prevention and delaying or halting the onset of dysfunction.

Current Research

  • The Alberta Youth Prevention of Early Osteoarthritis (PrE-OA) Study: This is an ongoing longitudinal historical cohort study investigating the consequences of sport-related, intra-articular knee injury sustained under the age of 18 years as it relates to osteoarthritis and obesity.
  • The association of return to sport and outcomes of adiposity, physical activity participation, nutrition as well as desire and readiness to return to sport after an Anterior Cruciate Ligament injury sustained during youth sport participation.
  • Primary and secondary prevention of post-traumatic osteoarthritis in youth and young adult populations.
  • Primary and secondary prevention of chronic low back and pelvic girdle pain.

Featured Publications

The impact of previous knee injury on force plate and field-based measures of balance. Clin Biomech 2015 Jun 12. doi: 10.1016/j.clinbiomech.2015.06.005.
Author(s): Baltich J, Whittaker JL, Nettel-Aguirre A, Von Tscharner V, Nigg B, Emery CA
Publication Date: 2015
Publication Link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26094135

Neuromuscular training injury prevention strategies in youth sport: a systematic review of the literature. Br J Sports Med 2015;49(13):865-70. doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2015-094639.
Author(s): Emery CA, Roy TO, Whittaker JL, Nettel-Aguirre A..
Publication Date: 2015
Publication Link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26084526

Risk factor for groin injuries in athletes: An updated systematic review. Br J Sport Med 2015;49(12):803-9. doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2014-094287.
Author(s): Whittaker JL, Small SC, Maffey L, Emery CA.
Publication Date: 2015
Publication Link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25833903

Outcomes associated with early post-traumatic osteoarthritis and other negative health consequences 3-10 years post knee joint injury in youth sport. Osteoarth Cartilage 2015;23(7):1122-9. doi: 10.1016/j.joca.2015.02.021.
Author(s): Whittaker JL, Woodhouse L, Nettel-Aguirre A, Emery CA.
Publication Date: 2015
Publication Link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25725392

The impact of the FIFA11+ on the structure of the trunk and lower extremity muscles in adolescent female soccer players. Phys Ther Sport 2014 Nov 6. doi: 10.1016/j.ptsp.2014.10.007.
Author(s): Whittaker JL, Emery CA.
Publication Date: 2014
Publication Link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25869424

Sonographic measures of the gluteus medius, gluteus minimus and vastus mediallis. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther 2014 Aug;44(8):627-32. doi: 10.2519/jospt.2014.5315.
Author(s): Whittaker JL, Emery CA.
Publication Date: 2014
Publication Link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25029916

Association between changes in electromyographic signal amplitude and abdominal muscle thickness in individuals with and without lumbopelvic pain. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther 2013;43(7):466-77. doi: 10.2519/jospt.2013.4440.
Author(s): Whittaker JL, McLean L, Hodder J, Warner MB, Stokes MJ.
Publication Date: 2013
Publication Link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23633621

Comparison of the sonographic features of the abdominal wall muscles and connective tissues in people with and without lumbopelvic pain. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther;. 2013; 2013;43(1):11-9. doi: 10.2519/jospt.2013.4450
Author(s): Whittaker JL, Warner MB, Stokes MJ.
Publication Date: 2013
Publication Link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23160368

Ultrasound imaging and muscle function. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther; 2011;41(8):572-80. doi: 10.2519/jospt.2011.3682 41:572-80.
Author(s): Whittaker JL, Stokes M.
Publication Date: 2011
Publication Link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21654098