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Osteoporosis Canada will provide support for the recruitment of participants for ethical and reputable research relevant to Osteoporosis Canada’s vision and mission.

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Osteoporosis Canada is the only national organization serving people who have, or are at risk for, osteoporosis. Through research, Osteoporosis Canada works to educate, empower and support individuals and communities in the risk-reduction and treatment of osteoporosis.

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Our Research Priority is to support clinical, translational and health outcomes research that focuses on the high fracture risk population, especially on preventing fractures and their negative consequences.

Through this link to Canadian research studies, Osteoporosis Canada targets to aid Canadian researchers seeking Canadian study participants and allow Osteoporosis Canada supporters to participate in osteoporosis research if desired.

Current studies and surveys

The studies listed on this site have been reviewed by and received ethics committee approval.


Organization: University of Saskatchewan


There are two main reasons why this study is important to OC and individuals at risk of osteoporosis fracture. First, walking with poles (Nordic walking) has been identified as a potential therapy to lower osteoporotic fracture risk because prior research has indicated that Nordic walking can improve leg muscle strength in women with low bone mass. Walking with poles engages core and back muscles and has improved posture in healthy older adults. However, it is unknown if walking with poles can improve muscle strength, hunched-back posture (hyper-kyphosis), physical function and quality of life in women and men with osteoporosis or who have suffered osteoporotic fracture or have severe hunch-back posture. Our study will answer that question. Second, there is little evidence of non-pharmacological therapies for osteoporosis based on patient-oriented trials, including exercise interventions for individuals with osteoporosis. Our intervention was initiated and designed together with osteoporotic patient representatives including individuals with history of osteoporotic fractures and hyperkyphosis and representatives from health-care providers and decision makers. Based on this, we anticipate that trial will be feasible. If findings are beneficial, intervention can be included in updates of exercise guidelines for individuals with osteoporosis, and implemented in health care systems in Saskatchewan and elsewhere in Canada.


Study investigates safety and efficacy of Nordic walking on mobility, physical function, posture, and quality of life in individuals with osteoporosis, history of vertebral fracture or hyperkyphosis. Participants (target N=140) are randomly assigned to a Nordic walking or wait-list control group. Study duration is 3 months, including 3 Nordic walking sessions per week at Market Mall in Saskatoon. Sessions include Nordic walking (duration 20-30min) as well as postural, strength and flexibility activities tailored for each participant. Measurements will be scheduled at University of Saskatchewan at the beginning and end of the 3 month study period.


Eligibility criteria include individuals with osteoporosis, history of vertebral fracture or hyperkyphosis. Individuals who engage moderate-to-vigorous physical activity more than 1/week are ineligible. Study location is Saskatoon and intervention sessions will be offered in the local mall (Market Mall) in collaboration with adjacent community health clinic for seniors.


Individuals interested in study may contact Dr. Kontulainen. Eligible participants will be invited to baseline measurements at the University of Saskatchewan. Measurements include posture, functional balance and gait tests, as well as bone and muscle scans using DXA and peripheral CT. After baseline tests, participants will be randomized either intervention group or wait-list control group. Participants in the intervention group will join in the training group, including 3 Nordic walking sessions per week over 3 months at Market Mall in Saskatoon. Nordic walking sessions (duration 20-30min) include walking with poles as well as postural, strength and flexibility activities tailored for each participant. Control participants will be invited to join the Nordic walking sessions after their 3-month follow-up measurements.

DATES OF POSTING              

Begin: August 2019

End: December 2021

Contact information: Dr. Saija Kontulainen, email: saija.k@usask.ca phone: 306-966 1077

Link to survey: N/A

Source of funding: Saskatchewan Center for Patient Oriented Research (SCPOR/CIHR) and Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF)

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