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Student Collaboration Initiative

A number of years ago, the Saskatchewan Physiotherapy Association (SPA) highlighted a strong need to provide enhanced evidence and information around the role of what physical therapy can do to support the general population in maintaining and optimizing their health. At the same time, the SPA wanted to also prioritize relationship building with physical therapy students with the idea that by actively engaging them during their traineeship in the School of Rehabilitation Science (SRS), University of Saskatchewan (UofS), they would be more likely to remain as active SPA members.

SPA embarked on a partnership connecting the SPA with Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) students in the SRS (UofS) though the leadership of Dr. Sarah, Oosman, and with diverse community organizations and stakeholder groups. We were keen to hear from community organizations directly about what types of assets would support them and their members in better understanding what physical therapy can provide them in their health journey. We could then respond to these community voices and direction by creating value of physical therapy documents that fit with how community organizations could use them, and what types of information would be helpful to their members and user groups. Students were tasked with an assignment requiring them to actively engage and dialogue with diverse community organizations, capturing community priorities and linking these with aspects of physical therapy practice that would be beneficial to the community members. Students used this information to create ‘Value of Physical Therapy’ promotional documents, unique to each community organization to whom they were assigned. MPT students ensured that the community organizations were involved as much as they were able to be throughout the creation phase of the assignment.

Upon completion of the final versions of the Value of Physical Therapy promotional documents, the MPT students hosted a knowledge translation event where they invited community organizations, the SPA, and the SRS faculty and staff to view the final documents created by the entire class.  SPA was able to brand and enhance the assets developed by the students and distribute them through social media channels, the SPA website, SPA YouTube Channel, and community organizations.  

To date, there have been 3 first year MPT Professional Practice classes that have engaged in this project. We have had broad local community interest in engaging with this project and have worked directly with approximately 18 diverse community organizations and independent stakeholders, including physical therapy clinicians working in unique areas.

The gallery below is only a small sample of the resources made through our student collaboration initative. Click the links in the below categories to view all of the resources available for download!



The Low Down on Your Low Back

Back pain is very common, and even more common among farmers. The info sheet "Low Down on Your Low Back" was created by students in collaboration with the Agriculture Health and Safety Network (AHSN) and the SPA on the topic of low back pain in farmers. The article was printed in an AHSN newsletter and distributed to 27,000 farm families across Saskatchewan.

Click here to view the Low Down on Your Low Back info sheet. 


The Meri Misfits

The Saskatoon performance group "the Meri Misfits" joined together with first year Master of Physiotherapy students and the Saskatchewan Physiotherapy Association to create a series of short educational videos about physiotherapy and aging. They specialize in "edu-taining" (education entertainment) and after each physio-themed performance they hand out pamphlets on the topic. Physiotherapy Clinics also distribute the pamphlets.

Click here to view A Physiotherapy Song with the Meri Misfits.

Click here to view A Physiotherapy Poem with the Meri Misfits. 

Click here to view A Physiotherapy Skit with the Meri Misfits. 

Click here to view the Meri Misfits changes in balance 3 fold brochure. 


Shoulder Deep in Beef: What Physiotherapy can do for Bovine Veterinarians

The School of Rehabillitation Science, University of Saskatchewan, worked with the Ergo Vet Research Team and the SPA to create an informative pamphlet on the benefits of physiotherapy for those working in bovine vet medicine. This info sheet will included the Fall 2018 printed newsletter for Western Canadian Association of Bovine Practitioners (WCABP) across Western Canada.

Click here to view "Shoulder Deep in Beef", an info sheet on Physiotherapy and Bovine Vet Medicine.



The Student Wellness Initiative Towards Community Health (SWITCH) is a student run non-profit wellness clinic providing free medical and social services / programming for individuals in Saskatoon’s West Side.  A multidisciplinary team of health care providers provide mentorship to students and provide health care services for the community.  This initiative helps support the development of PT roles in primary health care as well. Students created a series of posters highlighting the SWITCH program and its importance to the community. Posters were printed by SPA and are on display at SWITCH to promote the program and accessing physiotherapy.  

Click here to learn more about SWITCH and to view a gallery of downloadable posters. 


Saskatoon Cycles

Banners and bookmarks were created by physiotherapy students at the U of S in collaboration with Saskatoon Cycles and the SPA. The banners were printed and will be displayed on fencing outside of the bicycle valet for at least 8 festivals in Saskatoon. The bookmarks have been distributed to the Saskatoon School Board to print and give to students to promote Bike to Work Day on May 16th and active transportation. 

Click on the following links for downloadable posters:

Click on the following links for downloadable bookmarks:


Student Conditions Info Sheets and Pamphlets

Since 2016, students from the University of Saskatchewan School of Physiotherapy have created informative sheets and pamphlets on a variety of conditions physiotherapists can treat. This list is always growing, so be sure to check back for more info sheets each year! These students also work with SPA to create the "Conditions Treated" website information pages based on the info sheets, which you can view here.

Click on the following links for downloadable info sheets:


#All4PelvicFloor Posters and Social Media Initiative

Physiotherapy students from the University of Saskatchewan created a series of posters for a social media campaign highlighting pelvic floor health. Their goal was to create posters to raise awareness on the importance of pelvic floor health and to end the stigma around discussing it. These posters (and more) were shared on SPA's Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for National Physiotherapy Month in 2018.

Click on the following links for some of the downloadable posters available:


Be Inspired Parkinson's Posters

These simple yet creative posters were created by University of Saskatchewan Physiotherapy students in collaboration with Parkinson Canada. Often information on Parkinson's Disease can be detail-heavy and overwhelming, as well as aimed towards those living in urban communties. To make their messages as accessable as possible, each poster has a simple message and highlights an activity in an outdoor environment, providing examples of physical activity that can be done no matter where you live. These posters were shared on SPA's Facebook, Twitter, and Instragram for National Physiotherapy Month in 2018.

Click on the following links for downloadable posters: 


Who Needs Twenty

Who Needs Twenty is a community organization dedicated to those who have been affected by limb loss. They provide activity groups and continuing education for physical therapists in Saskatchewan, and work with goals to improve overall continuity of care and support strategies for those living with or affected by amputation. Students worked with the SPA and Who Needs Twenty to create posters to promote the organization and the importance of physiotherapy to those impacted by limb loss. These posters will be featured in the upcoming SPA newsletter, and will also be posted on SPA social media.