Khatija (Tija) Westbrook
Health and Physical Education
PhD, University of Alberta
M.Sc., University of Alberta
B.Sc., University of Toronto
BPHE, University of Toronto
Position: Associate Professor
Head Therapist – Cougar Athletics
Education: Khatija completed Bachelor degrees in both physical and health education in 1988 (BPHE) and physiotherapy in 1993 (B.Sc.(PT) ) at the University of Toronto. In 1995, she was certified as an Athletic Therapist in Canada (CAT(C)) and went on to complete her Masters of Science (M.Sc.) in Physical Education and Recreation (2000) at the University of Alberta. The focus of her research was based on investigating the rates and causes of injury with the Canadian Women’s National Field Hockey Team. She continued her graduate studies at the University of Alberta, investigating the relationship of movement repetition and muscle imbalance with low back pain in elite field hockey players completing her doctoral degree in 2005.
Current Work: Khatija teaches the rehabilitation courses in the Athletic Therapy program and is the Head Therapist for Cougar Athletics.
Instructor Profile: Khatija was a therapist with the Athletics Departments at the University of Toronto and the University of Alberta.
Clinically, she has engaged in many continuing education experiences including acupuncture, craniosacral therapy, visceral manipulation, and myofascial release in addition to physical therapy orthopaedic specialization. She has also trained in holistic care practices, completing a program in life coaching from a shamanic perspective in 2014.
Community Service/Research Interests: Khatija’s current research interests include sport epidemiology and wellness. She worked as a therapist with the Canadian Women’s Junior and Senior National Field Hockey Teams for over 15 years, and continues to work with Canadian Wrestling team. She has been involved in providing medical services during major sports events including the World Master’s Games and World Championships in Basketball, Ultimate and Track and Field. She has been selected to represent Canada on the core medical teams for Pan American, Commonwealth and World Student Games.