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Cathy Arnold BScPT, MSc, PhD Faculty, School of Rehabilitation Science

Professor and Director

Research Areas

  • Member of the Bone Imaging Research Group (BIG)
  • Determining biomechanical factors related to falls on the outstretched hand in women
  • Differences in bone architecture and fall risk in women with and without a history of distal radial fracture
  • Assessing fall risk in older adults
  • Exercise prescription to reduce the risk of falls
  • Investigating motion sensor tools for detection and feedback of fall risk

About Cathy Arnold

Director, School of Rehabilitation Science


Searching for: Two Year Post-doctoral Trainee
This position is a 2-year term for a post-doctoral trainee interested in research related to older adult health and fall prevention. The project the trainee would be involved in is titled A Collaborative Approach to Comprehensive Screening and Assessment of Fall Risk for Older Adults across the Continuum of Care in Saskatchewan. Preference will be given to applicants with experience in patient-oriented research, survey design and a mix of both quantitative and qualitative methodology. The successful applicant would work closely with a collaborative group of researchers, clinicians, decision-makers and patient/family advisors to develop a patient-oriented consensus of best practices about fall risk in older adults residing in Saskatchewan across the full continuum of acute, long term and community care. The start date of this position is negotiable within a time frame of April-Sept, 2018 at a pay rate of $45,000 per year. Interested applicants, who have completed or are within 6 -8 months of completing their PhD studies, can send a copy of their CV and the names of three references to:
Dr. Cathy Arnold
School of Rehabilitation Science, University of Saskatchewan

Selected Publications

  • 2014 Arnold, C., Lanovaz, J., Oates, A., Craven, B., Butcher, S. The Effect of Adding Core Stability Training to a Standard Balance Exercise Program on Sit to Stand Performance in Older Adults: A Pilot Study. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity [ePub 2014-01-21]
  • 2014 Frank, A., Farthing, J., Chilibeck, P., Arnold, C., Olszynski, W.P., Kontulainen, S. Community-Dwelling Female Fallers Have Lower Muscle Density In Their Lower Legs Than Non-fallers: Evidence From the Saskatoon Canadian Multicentre Osteoporosis Study (CaMos) Cohort.  Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging [in press]
  • 2013  Crockett, K., Ardell, K., Hermanson, M., Penner, A., Lanovaz, J., Farthing, J., Arnold, C. The Relationship of Knee Extensor Strength and Rate of Torque Development to Sit to Stand Performance in Older Adults. Physiotherapy Canada. 65(3), 229-235
  • 2013  Magnus, C., Arnold, C., Johnston, G., Dal-Bello Haas, V., Basran, J., Krentz, J., Farthing, J. Cross-education for improving strength and mobility following distal radius fractures: A preliminary randomized controlled trial. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2013 Mar 22
  • 2013  Lawson, S., Zaluski, N., Petrie, A., Arnold, C., Basran J., Dal Bello-Haas V. Validation of the Saskatoon Falls Prevention Consortium's Fall Screening and Referral Algorithm. Physiotherapy Canada, 2013 Jan;65(1):31-39
  • 2012  Erlandson, M., Konulainen, S., Chilibeck, P., Arnold, C., Baxter-Jones, A. Former Premenarcheal gymnasts exhibit site-specific skeletal benefits in adulthood after long-term retirement. Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, 2012 Nov;27(11):2289-2305 
  • 2012  Erlandson, M., Kontulainen, S., Chilibeck, P., Arnold, C., Faulkner, R., Baxter-Jones, A. Higher premenarcheal bone mass in elite gymnasts is maintained into young adulthood after long-term retirement from sport: a 14-year follow-up. Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, 2012 Jan;27(1):104-10
  • 2012  Arnold, C.M, Gyurcsik, N.C. Risk Factors for Falls in Older Adults with Lower Extremity Arthritis: A Conceptual Framework of Current Knowledge and Future Directions. Physiotherapy Canada. 2012 Jul;64(3)
  • 2011  Arnold, C.M. Faulkner, R. & Gyurcsik, N. The relationship of falls-efficacy to improvement in fall risk factors following an exercise plus educational intervention for older adults with hip osteoarthritis. Physiotherapy Canada. 2011;63(4):410-420
  • 2011  Erlandson, M.C., Kontulainen, S.A., Chilibeck, P.D., Arnold, C.M., Baxter-Jones, A.D.G.  Bone Mineral Accrual in 4-to 10-Year-Old Precompetitive, Recreational Gymnasts:  A 4-Year Longitudinal Study. Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, Vol. 26, No. 6, June 2011, pp 1313-1320
  • 2010  Arnold, C.M. & Faulkner, R.A. The effect of aquatic exercise and education on decreasing fall risk in older adults with hip osteoarthritis: A randomized controlled clinical trial. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity 2010;18:245-260
  • 2010  Arnold, C.M., Warkentin, K.D., Chilibeck, P.D. & Magnus, C.R.A. The Reliability and Validity of Hand-Held Dynamometry for the Measurement of Lower Extremity Muscle Strength in Older Adults. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 2010;24(3):815-24
  • 2010 C.M. Arnold, K.D. Warkentin, P.D. Chilibeck & C.R.A Magnus. The Reliability and Validity of Hand-Held Dynamometry for the Measurement of Lower Extremity Muscle Strength in Older Adults. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 23: Aug 5
  • 2009  Arnold, C.M & Faukner, R.A. Does Falls-Efficacy Predict Balance Performance in Older Adults with Hip Osteoarthritis? Journal of Gerontological Nursing 35(1): 45-52