• Joanne Parsons.
  • Assistant professor

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

    Phone: 204-787-1019
    Fax: 204 789-3927

Research affiliations

Children's Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba (CHRIM)

Research summary

Dr. Joanne Parsons comes from a clinical background in outpatient orthopedic physical therapy. Her current research looks at the use of resistance training activities to maximize health and performance, as well as decrease injury risk across diverse populations. Her research interests lie in inclusive resistance training programming for marginalized populations.

Current research interests include:

  • Sports injury prevention programs, including barriers and facilitators to use
  • Factors which contribute to neuromuscular asymmetry in university athletes
  • Use of the school weight-room to encourage participation in resistance training activities among youth
  • Inclusive resistance training programming for marginalized populations
  • Influence of sex and gender on sport injury risk
  • Physical and emotional health of students in health-care professions


Dr. Joanne Parsons is an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the College of Rehabilitation Sciences, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba.

Dr. Parsons has worked with many sports teams and at events as a therapist, including the Maccabi Games in Israel. Her PhD, completed at the University of Manitoba and funded by a CIHR Doctoral Research Award, focused on risk factors and prevention of anterior cruciate ligament injury in young female athletes. Her current work looks at the use of resistance training activities to maximize health and performance, as well as decrease injury risk, across diverse populations. Investigating the influence sex and gender have on an individual’s choice to pursue resistance training activities, and the resulting consequences, is an emerging area of interest.


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


2020 - National Strength and Conditioning Association Foundation Women’s Professional Development Scholarship

2019-2020 - Selected as a participant in the U.S. Bone and Joint Initiative/Bone and Joint Canada Young Investigator Initiative Grant Mentoring and Career Development Program

2016 & 2017 - Nominee for the Physical Therapy Graduating Class Excellence in Teaching Award

2015 - Selected as a participant in the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis Young Investigators Forum (Kananaskis, AB)

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