Osteoporosis Canada partnered with the University of Waterloo on a Knowledge Translation and Exchange (KTE) research project led by Dr. Lora Giangregorio (April 2014).
The purpose was to engage knowledge users such as patients, physicians, physiotherapists, kinesiologists and community services providers to identify barriers and to facilitate implementing current exercise recommendations in practice. Research from this project would also inform tool and resource development for the community.
Osteoporosis Canada’s Regional Integration Leads were instrumental in connecting the research group to fitness professionals, primary care providers, specialists and healthcare providers in urban and rural Ontario for this initiative.
The University of Waterloo is also translating ‘Too Fit to Fracture’ research to community partners through Bone FitTM workshops. The research project is committed to supporting one Bone FitTM training in each LHIN by April 2016.
The training is comprised of two parts: A web-based 3-part learning module covering osteoporosis basics, identification of at-risk population, fracture risk assessment, and an overview of the most current research on safe movement. At the Bone FitTM workshops, the University of Waterloo will engage with healthcare providers and community fitness professionals to understand their knowledge of ‘Too Fit to Fracture’ & Bone FitTM principles and to identify knowledge gaps.
By training health, fitness and clinical exercise specialists with ‘Too Fit to Fracture’ Exercise Recommendations through Bone FitTM we are providing safe exercises for those at risk of falls or fractures.