• portrait of Joanne Parsons
  • Associate professor

    College of Rehabilitation Sciences
    Department of Physical Therapy
    771 McDermot Ave.
    University of Manitoba
    Winnipeg, MB R3E 0T6


Research summary

Dr. Joanne Parsons' research program explores the use of resistance training to maximize health and performance as well as decrease sports injury risk across diverse populations. A critical piece of this work is considering and exploring how the pervasive gendered environments that surround girls and women may increase their risk of injury and affect participation and performance. Parsons’ clinical training and years spent working on sport sidelines heavily informs a focus on applied practice to ensure her work resonates with knowledge users in order to make real world impact.

Research affiliations

Children's Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba (CHRIM)


  1. Gendered sport environments
  2.  Sports injury prevention
  3. Resistance training
  4. Orthopedic physical therapy
  5. Equity for marginalized populations


Dr. Joanne Parsons is an associate professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the College of Rehabilitation Sciences, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba. She comes from a clinical background in outpatient orthopedic physical therapy and has worked with many sports teams and events as a therapist, including the Maccabi Games in Israel.


  • Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Health Sciences, University of Manitoba
  • Master of Science in Kinesiology, University of Manitoba
  • Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation (Physical Therapy), School of Medical Rehabilitation, University of Manitoba


  • CIHR-IMHA Inclusive Research Excellence Prize for "Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury: Towards a Gendered Environmental Approach"
  • Canadian Association of University Teachers Dedicated Service Award
  • British Journal of Sports Medicine Editor’s Choice Topic Collection (Chosen by the Editor-in-Chief): "Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury: Towards a Gendered Environmental Approach" by Parsons JL, Coen SE, Bekker S.
  • The Winnipeg Foundation Martha Donovan Leadership Development Award
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association Foundation Women’s Professional Development Scholarship
  • Nominee for the Physical Therapy Graduating Class Excellence in Teaching Award

Media and interviews

Media and Interviews

Beyond biology: A gendered approach to injury. British Journal of Sports Medicine podcast

Interview with Flo Lloyd-Hughes on the Counter Pressed podcast

Interview with Kathleen McNamee, Emma Byrne, Karen Duggan on the COYGIG Pod episode 47 – The ACL Episode

Interview with Ira Flatow. “Why are female athletes at a higher risk of ACL injuries?” on Science Friday

Contact us

College of Rehabilitation Sciences
R106 - 771 McDermot Avenue
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB R3E 0T6 Canada