Physical Therapy
Read. Watch. Listen. with David Walton

Read. Watch. Listen. with David Walton

Find a way to laugh (and occasionally cringe) through pandemic isolation when Physical Therapy professor David Walton takes a turn on Read. Watch. Listen.

El Naggar, MacDermid earn top scholar honours

El Naggar, MacDermid earn top scholar honours

A pair of Western scholars – Civil and Environmental Engineering professor Hesham El Naggar and Physical Therapy professor Joy MacDermid – have been honoured with Distinguished University Professorships.

Eight faculty honoured for teaching excellence

Eight faculty honoured for teaching excellence

Eight exceptional faculty members have been awarded Western’s highest honours for leading and inspiring their students. Collectively and individually, they exemplify the heart of excellence in teaching – and their influence has stretched across faculties, disciplines and decades.

Physical activity needs to be in play at childcare

Physical activity needs to be in play at childcare

Given the increasingly busy schedules of today’s families, parents often rely on ECEs in childcare centres to supply children with their daily physical activity. But are they prepared for the challenge?

Crites Battié earns lifetime honour for research

Crites Battié earns lifetime honour for research

Michele Crites Battié has always been quite comfortable working behind the scenes – even as the spotlight recently turned to the Physical Therapy professor when she was presented with the 2019 ORS PSRS (Orthopaedic Research Society / Philadelphia Spine Research Society) Lifetime Research Achievement Award.

Western elite named among Royal Society Fellows

Western elite named among Royal Society Fellows

Two Western scholars and one professor emerita – Joy MacDermid of Physical Therapy, Ravi Menon of Medical Biophysics, and Ann Chambers of Oncology, Medical Biophysics and Pathology – have been named among the new Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC).

Player safety at heart of student’s further research

Player safety at heart of student’s further research

Her work has already provided new insights into brain injuries suffered by young female athletes. Now, thanks to one of the province’s most competitive scholarships, Alexandra Harriss looks to head off those injuries sooner, perhaps even changing how the most popular sport on the planet is played and coached.

Study seeks to fireproof workers against PTSD

Study seeks to fireproof workers against PTSD

As the mental and physical demands on first responders become clearer, the efforts of one Western researcher might just be a life-saver for those so often celebrated for saving the lives of others.

Study: Social media sways exercise motivation

Study: Social media sways exercise motivation

It’s January – a time when students are looking for that extra bit of oomph. For some, time spent on social media might provide the necessary inspiration to get up and exercising – but that time can come with consequences, according to a recent Western-led study.

Tour answers physio’s questions, raises more

Tour answers physio’s questions, raises more

Most professors collect research data from within the friendly confines of their labs; many also collaborate with another institution or a few colleagues. But when Dave Walton talks about his most recent academic project, he’s talking about a much more ambitious...

Study looks to extinguish persistent firefighter pain

Study looks to extinguish persistent firefighter pain

A recently released Western co-authored study is providing an eye-opening look into how physical pain and discomfort have become a way of life for many firefighters across the country. According to the study, the longer a firefighter’s career the greater the chances...

Chair up to challenge of easing pain for millions

Chair up to challenge of easing pain for millions

To move freely and without pain. Such a simple wish that goes unrealized for the 1.7 billion people around the world suffering from musculoskeletal disorders of the bones, joints and muscles. These conditions don’t discriminate. They can impact anyone at any age, on any continent, in any community, at any time.

Challenges of mobility aids and dementia explored

Challenges of mobility aids and dementia explored

It seems counterintuitive that the use of a mobility aid, such as a cane or a walker, can actually increase the risk of falls in older adults. Yet in individuals with dementia, that’s exactly the case. In fact, people with dementia are three times more likely to suffer a fall when using a mobility aid versus not using one at all.

Brush named to top professor honour

Brush named to top professor honour

Visual Arts professor Kathryn Brush smiles as she remembers getting a photo from one of her students doing a cartwheel in front of the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Denis, just north of Paris, France. She may be an internationally recognized art historian and an...

Ontario’s attempt to curb opioid addiction a ‘knee-jerk move’

Ontario’s attempt to curb opioid addiction a ‘knee-jerk move’

Calling the Ontario government’s answer to the growing concern of painkiller addiction and overdose problems a “knee-jerk move,” one Western researcher said it’s likely to create more problems than the provincial solution hopes to solve. As of Jan. 31, the province...

Six researchers named among nation’s elite

Six researchers named among nation’s elite

Coming to Western from Germany, Sweden, the United States and across Canada, these new Canada Research Chairs are developing HIV vaccines, improving hearing and movement, learning how and why people migrate and immigrate, and exploring the foundations of physics.