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On this page you will find research and additional resources in environmental physiotherapy and a broad array of related fields.

To provide a broad perspective of the themes and questions of interest for Environmental Physiotherapy, the research and resources gathered on this page also draw on fields like Planetary Health, EcoHealth, One Health, Sustainable Healthcare and the Sustainable Development Goals. We also include resources from within traditional and indigenous knowledges, philosophy, the environmental humanities and social sciences. We hope this will provide you with interesting starting points for further exploration and development of an environmentally aware and responsible physiotherapy. If you are aware of a publication that we have not featured, but could be relevant to this field, please use the submission form below. We appreciate your help in building this resource platform.

Peer-reviewed articles

Struthers, N.A., Guluzade, N.A, Zecevic, A.A., Walton, D.M., Gunz, A. (2024). Nature-based interventions for physical health conditions: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Environmental Research, 258: 119421. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envres.2024.119421 

Swärdh, E., Brodin, N., Petterson, A., & Palstam, A. (2024). Time to Rethink Intended Learning Outcomes for Sustainable Development? A Qualitative Exploration and Reflection of Course Syllabuses in Swedish Undergraduate Physiotherapy Education. Journal of Medical Education and Curricular Development., 11. https://doi.org/10.1177/23821205241260599

Emelyanova, A., Blix, B. H., Larsson, A., Olafsdottir, S. A., & Rautio, A. (2024). Age-inclusive Arctic outdoor spaces: a policy review in four Nordic countries. International Journal of Circumpolar Health83(1). https://doi.org/10.1080/22423982.2024.2339561 

Eustachio, J. H. P. P., Filho, W. L., Baars, C., Barbosa‐Silva, J., Lourenção, M., Barbir, J., Röseler, J., Büddig, S., De Lima, P. Q., & Bandos, M. C. (2024). Fostering the discussion of planetary health in occupational therapy and physiotherapy. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal. https://doi.org/10.1111/1440-1630.12959 

Chi, L., Boucaut, R., Li, L. S. K., Fryer, C. E., & Kumar, S. (2024). Australian physiotherapists’ knowledge and views on the relationship between climate change, health, and physiotherapy. Physiotherapy Research International29(2). https://doi.org/10.1002/pri.2085 

Katrina L. S., Fryer, C. E., Chi, L., & Boucaut, R. (2024). Physiotherapy and planetary health: a scoping review. European Journal of Physiotherapy. https://doi.org/10.1080/21679169.2024.2323729

Stanhope, J., & Weinstein, P. (2023). What are green prescriptions? A scoping review. Journal of Primary Health Care15(2), 155–161. https://doi.org/10.1071/hc23007

Eliassen, M., Sørensen, B. A., Hartviksen, T. A., Holm, S., & Zingmark, M. (2023). Emplacing reablement: co-creating an outdoor recreation model in the rural Arctic. International Journal of Circumpolar Health82(1). https://doi.org/10.1080/22423982.2023.2273013

Doran-Sherlock, R., Devitt, S., & Sood, P. (2023). An integrative review of the evidence for Shinrin-Yoku (Forest Bathing) in the management of depression and its potential clinical application in evidence-based osteopathy. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies., 35, 244–255. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbmt.2023.04.038

Vaz, D. V., Stilwell, P., Coninx, S., Low, M., & Liebenson, C. (2023). Affordance-based practice: An ecological-enactive approach to chronic musculoskeletal pain management. Revista Brasileira de Fisioterapia.27(5). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bjpt.2023.100554

Busk, H., Ahler, J., Bricca, A., Mikal Holm, P., Varning Poulsen, D., Skou, S. T., & Tang, L. H. (2023). Exercise-based rehabilitation in and with nature: a scoping review mapping available interventions. Annals of Medicine55(2). https://doi.org/10.1080/07853890.2023.2267083

Andreassen Bergli, A., Pedersen, S., & Maric, F. (2023). Tilrettelegging for aktiv transport i Tromsø – en urban design studie (Infrastructure for active transport in Tromsø – an urban design study). Fysioterapeuten Tidsskriftet. https://www.fysioterapeuten.no/aktiv-transport-byplanlegging-fagfellevurdert/tilrettelegging-for-aktiv-transport-i-tromso-en-urban-design-studie/151103

Oyeyemi, A. L., Kolo, S. M., Oyeyemi, A. Y., Omotara, B. A., Yahaya, S. J., & Sallis, J. F. (2023). Neighborhood environment and quality of life among community-living older adults in Nigeria: The moderating effect of physical activity. Preventive Medicine Reports.35. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pmedr.2023.102330

Mescouto, K., Olson, R. E., & Setchell, J. (2023). Towards an ethical multiplicity in low back pain care: Practising beyond the biopsychosocial model. Sociology of Health & Illness45(3), 522–541. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9566.13598

Baier, L., Richter, R., Maric, F., Höppner, H. (2023). Umweltverantwortlich Handeln in der Physiotherapie. In: Hartung, S., Wihofszky, P. (eds) Gesundheit und Nachhaltigkeit. Springer Reference Pflege – Therapie – Gesundheit . Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-64954-1_33-1

Zutshi, K., Munjal, J., & Chhabra, C. (2023). Goals of Physiotherapy Practice and Education Aligned With Goals of Sustainable Development. In C.S. Dubey (Ed.), Inclusive Innovation for Sustainable Development in Contemporary Era (pp. 80-93). D.P.S. PUBLISHING HOUSE. ISBN 978-81-19689-89-7

Mckenzie, B. J., Haas, R., Ferreira, G. E., Maher, C. G., & Buchbinder, R. (2022). The environmental impact of health care for musculoskeletal conditions: A scoping review. PLOS ONE17(11), e0276685. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0276685

Vibholm, A. P., Christensen, J. R., & Pallesen, H. (2022). Occupational therapists and physiotherapists experiences of using nature-based rehabilitation. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, 1–11. https://doi.org/10.1080/09593985.2021.2023927

Duindam, D.. (2022). Transitioning to Sustainable Healthcare: Decarbonising Healthcare Clinics, a Literature Review. Challenges13(2), 68. https://doi.org/10.3390/challe13020068

Smoliga, J.M. (2022). Monkeypox Virus Outbreak: Implications for the Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Community. Physical Therapy: Journal of the American Physical Therapy Association.103(1). https://doi.org/10.1093/ptj/pzac148

Ibáñez, A., de las Mercedes Franco Hidalgo-Chacón, M., Sánchez-Romero, E., & Cuenca-Zaldivar, J. (2022). Situation of Physiotherapy Clinics in the Community of Madrid in Relation to the Concept of Sustainability: A Survey Study. Sustainability, 14(24), 16439. https://doi.org/10.3390/su142416439

Beattie, P., Jernigan, D., McDavitt, S., & Hearn, D. (2022). Physical Therapists Can Be Value-Added Providers in Wilderness Medicine. Physical Therapy: Journal of the American Physical Therapy Association., 102(9). https://doi.org/10.1093/ptj/pzac096 

Palstam, A., Sehdev, S., Barna, S., Andersson, M., & Liebenberg, N. (2022). Sustainability in physiotherapy and rehabilitation. Orthopaedics and Trauma. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mporth.2022.07.005

Lister, H. E., Mostert, K., Botha, T., van der Linde, S., van Wyk, E., Rocher, S.-A., Laing, R., Wu, L., Müller, S., des Tombe, A., Kyangyago, T., Zwane, N., Mphogo, B., & Maric, F. (2022). South African Healthcare Professionals’ Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices Regarding Environmental Sustainability in Healthcare: A Mixed-Methods Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19(16), 10121. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph191610121

Schwab, S.M., Spencer, C., Carver, N.S., Andrade, V., Dugan, S., Greve, K. and Silva, P.L (2022). Personal factors understood through the Ecological-Enactive Model of Disability and implications for rehabilitation research. Frontiers in Rehabilitation Science,  3, 954061. https://doi.org/10.3389/fresc.2022.954061

Richter, R., & Maric, F. (2022). Ecological Bodies and Relational Anatomies: Toward a Transversal Foundation for Planetary Health Education. Challenges13(2), 39. https://doi.org/10.3390/challe13020039

Nicholls, D.A. (2022). How Do You Touch an Impossible Thing? Frontiers in Rehabilitation Sciences.3. https://doi.org/10.3389/fresc.2022.934698

Stanhope, J., Breed, M., & Weinstein, P. (2022). Biodiversity, Microbiomes, and Human Health. In Evolution, Biodiversity and a Reassessment of the Hygiene Hypothesis (pp. 67–104). Evolution, Biodiversity and a Reassessment of the Hygiene Hypothesis. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-91051-8_3

Wachira, L.-J., Hayker, S. O., Larouche, R., Oyeyemi, A. L., Prista, A., Owino, G. E., Tremblay, M. S., & Onywera, V. O. (2022). Physical activity and active transportation behaviour among rural, peri-urban and urban children in Kenya, Mozambique and Nigeria: The PAAT Study. PLOS ONE17(1), e0262768. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0262768

Maric, F., & Nicholls, D. A. (2022). Environmental physiotherapy and the case for multispecies justice in planetary health. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice38(13), 2295–2306. https://doi.org/10.1080/09593985.2021.1964659

Acquah, A. A., D’Souza, C., Martin, B. J., Arko-Mensah, J., Dwomoh, D., Nti, A. A. A., Kwarteng, L., Takyi, S. A., Basu, N., Quakyi, I. A., Robins, T. G., & Fobil, J. N. (2021). Musculoskeletal Disorder Symptoms among Workers at an Informal Electronic-Waste Recycling Site in Agbogbloshie, Ghana. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health18(4), 2055. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18042055

Stanhope, J., Maric, F., Rothmore, P., & Weinstein, P. (2021). Physiotherapy and ecosystem services: improving the health of our patients, the population, and the environment. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, 1-14. https://doi.org/10.1080/09593985.2021.2015814

Williams, J. L., Langley, S., & Borda, A. (2021). Virtual nature, inner forest: Prospects for immersive virtual nature art and well-being. Virtual Creativity, 11(1). https://doi.org/10.1386/vcr_00046_1

Chapman, D., & Larsson, A. (2021). Practical urban planning for winter cycling; lessons from a Swedish pilot study. Journal of Transport & Health, 21, 101060. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jth.2021.101060

Maric, F., Groven, K.S., Banerjee, S. & Dahl-Michelsen, T. (2021). Essentials for sustainable physiotherapy: Introducing environmental reasoning into physiotherapy clinical decision-making. Fysioterapeuten (online). https://fysioterapeuten.no/fagfellevurdert-sustainable-physiotherapy/essentials-for-sustainable-physiotherapy-introducing-environmental-reasoning-into-physiotherapy-clinical-decision-making/1317

Garriga, A., Sempere-Rubio, N., Molina-Prados, M. J., & Faubel, R. (2021). Impact of Seasonality on Physical Activity: A Systematic Review. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health19(1), 2. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19010002

Toner, A., Lewis, J. S., Stanhope, J., & Maric, F. (2021). Prescribing active transport as a planetary health intervention – benefits, challenges and recommendations. Physical Therapy Reviews26(3), 159–167. https://doi.org/10.1080/10833196.2021.1876598

Liebert, A. & Kiat, H. (2021). The history of light therapy in hospital physiotherapy and medicine with emphasis on Australia: Evolution into novel areas of practice. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, 37(3), 389–400. https://doi.org/10.1080/09593985.2021.1887060

Barna, S., Maric, F., Simons, J., Kumar, S., & Blankestijn, P. J. (2020). Education for the Anthropocene: Planetary health, sustainable health care, and the health workforce. Medical Teacher42(10), 1091–1096. https://doi.org/10.1080/0142159x.2020.1798914 

Stanhope, J., Breed, M. F., & Weinstein, P. (2020). Exposure to greenspaces could reduce the high global burden of pain. Environmental Research187, 109641. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envres.2020.109641 

Nicholls, D.A. (2020). What’s real is immaterial: What are we doing with new materialism? Aporia, 11(2): 4-14. https://doi.org/10.18192/aporia.v11i2.4594 

Vibholm, A. P., Christensen, J. R., & Pallesen, H. (2020). Nature-based rehabilitation for adults with acquired brain injury: a scoping review. International Journal of Environmental Health Research30(6), 661–676. https://doi.org/10.1080/09603123.2019.1620183

Moses, R., Vyas, A., & Wood, S. (2019). Reducing the carbon footprint in a regional long term ventilation service with the use of remote monitoring. Physiotherapy105, e209–e210. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.physio.2018.11.230

Larsson, A., Berggård, G., Rosander, P., & Gard, G. (2019). Gait Speed with Anti-Slip Devices on Icy Pedestrian Crossings Relate to Perceived Fall-Risk and Balance. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health16(14), 2451. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16142451

Oyeyemi, A. L., Kolo, S. M., Rufai, A. A., Oyeyemi, A. Y., Omotara, B. A., & Sallis, J. F. (2019). Associations of Neighborhood Walkability with Sedentary Time in Nigerian Older Adults. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health16(11), 1879. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16111879

Chapman, D., Nilsson, K. L., Rizzo, A., & Larsson, A. (2019). Winter City Urbanism: Enabling All Year Connectivity for Soft Mobility. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health16(10), 1820. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16101820

Chapman, D., & Larsson, A. (2019). Toward an Integrated Model for Soft-Mobility. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health16(19), 3669. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16193669

Oyeyemi, A. L., Kolo, S. M., Oyeyemi, A. Y., & Omotara, B. A. (2019). Neighborhood environmental factors are related to health-enhancing physical activity and walking among community dwelling older adults in Nigeria. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, 35(3), 288-297. https://doi.org/10.1080/09593985.2018.1443187

Narain, S., & Mathye, D. (2019). Do physiotherapists have a role to play in the Sustainable Development Goals? A qualitative exploration. The South African journal of physiotherapy, 75(1), 466. https://doi.org/10.4102/sajp.v75i1.466

Nicholls, D.A., Atkinson, K., Bjorbækmo, W.S., Gibson, B.E., Latchem, J., Olesen, J., Ralls, J., & Setchell, J. (2016) Connectivity: An emerging concept for physiotherapy practice, Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, 32(3): 159-170. https://doi.org/10.3109/09593985.2015.1137665

Oyeyemi, A. Y., Akinrolie, O., & Oyeyemi, A. L. (2015). Health-related physical activity is associated with perception of environmental hygiene and safety among adults in low-income neighbourhoods in Nigeria. European Journal of Physiotherapy, 17(1), 45-53. https://doi.org/10.3109/21679169.2014.955526

Oyeyemi, A.L., Ishaku, C.M., Deforche, B. et al. Perception of built environmental factors and physical activity among adolescents in Nigeria. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act 11, 56 (2014). https://doi.org/10.1186/1479-5868-11-56

Oyeyemi, A. L., Adegoke, B. O., Oyeyemi, A. Y., Deforche, B., Bourdeaudhuij, I., & Sallis, J. F. (2012). Environmental factors associated with overweight among adults in Nigeria. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 9(1), 32. https://doi.org/10.1186/1479-5868-9-32

Book chapters

Altug, Z. (2024). Nature-based therapies. In Altug, Z. (2024). The Lifestyle Medicine Toolbox: Mind-body Approaches for Health Promotion. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Cezón Serrano, N., Ruescas Nicolau, M.A., Sempere Rubio, N., Sánchez Sánchez, L., Cortés Cortés Amador, S., Hernández Guillén, D., Bernabé Villodre, M.M., y Tolsada Velasco, C. (2023). Implantación de los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible (ODS) en el Grado de Fisioterapia. En: Martínez García E y Vázquez Verdera V (eds). Sostenibilización curricular de las universidades en el marco de la agenda 2030 de las Naciones Unidas. Tirant lo Blanch. Pag. 79-102. ISBN: 978-84-19376-90-9.

Beattie, P.F. (in-press) Wilderness Medicine: Patient Evaluation and Management in a Challenging Environment. Chapter in Sports Injuries: Prevention, Diagnosis, Treatment and Rehabilitation. 3rd Edition, Springer 2023.

Zutshi, K., Munjal, J., & Chhabra, C. (2023). Goals of Physiotherapy Practice and Education Aligned With Goals of Sustainable Development. In C.S. Dubey (Ed.), Inclusive Innovation for Sustainable Development in Contemporary Era (pp. 80-93). D.P.S. PUBLISHING HOUSE. ISBN 978-81-19689-89-7

Maric, F. & Davenport, T. (2022). Environmental Influences on Health. In Garner, G. & Tatta, J. (Eds.), Integrative Lifestyle and Medicine in Physical Therapy: A guide for primary care, health promotion, and disease prevention. OPTP.

Editorials, letters, commentaries

Banerjee, S. (2024). Defining green gap in environmental physiotherapy: challenges, advocacies and solutions. European Journal of Physiotherapy, 1-3. https://doi.org/10.1080/21679169.2024.2359971  

Kubicki, A. (2023). Physical therapists have a main role in Environmental Health. European Rehabilitation Journal3(1), 1–2. https://doi.org/10.52057/erj.v3i1.45

Maric, F. (2023). Mot løsninger på vår fantasikrise (Toward solutions for our crisis of imagination). Fysioterapeuten Tidsskriftet. https://www.fysioterapeuten.no/mot-losninger-pa-var-fantasikrise/151092

Duindam, D., Sutherland, D., Clarke, J., & Webb, G. (2023). 5 facts about…physiotherapy and climate change. physiotherapy inmotion. Australian Physiotherapy Association. https://australian.physio/inmotion/5-facts-about-physiotherapy-and-climate-change

Banerjee, S., & Maric, F. (2023). Mitigating the environmental impact of NSAIDs – physiotherapy as a contribution to One Health and the SDGs. European Journal of Physiotherapy25(1), 51–55. https://doi.org/10.1080/21679169.2021.1976272

Maric, F., Bårdsen, Å, & Nikolaisen, L.J. (2023). Rød tråd om grønn fremtid: Slik satser vi på bærekraft. Fysioterapeuten Tidsskriftet. https://www.fysioterapeuten.no/rod-trad-om-gronn-fremtid-slik-satser-vi-pa-baerekraft/148333

Astell-Burt, T., Pappas, E., Redfern, J., & Feng, X. (2022). Nature prescriptions for community and planetary health: unrealised potential to improve compliance and outcomes in physiotherapy. Journal of Physiotherapy. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jphys.2022.05.016

Afxonidis, G., Tsagkaris, C., Papazoglou, A.S., Moysidis, D.V., Tagarakis, G., Foroulis, C., Anastasiadis, K., (2022). Respiratory physiotherapy as a key player in the effort to make surgery greener during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. The Journal of Climate Change and Health. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.joclim.2022.100134 

Maric, F., Griech, S.F., Davenport, T.E. (2022). Advancing Environmental Stewardship in Physical Therapy: Connect, Learn, Act. Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy Journal, 33(1): 2-4. https://doi.org/10.1097/CPT.0000000000000189 

Lundmark Alfredsson, L. (2023). Åpne dørene for fysioterapeutiske tiltak utendørs! Fysioterapeuten Tidsskriftet. https://www.fysioterapeuten.no/fysioterapeut-fysioterapeuten-fysioterapeuter/apne-dorene-for-fysioterapeutiske-tiltak-utendors/147998

Langballe, M. N., & Maric, F. (2022). Ein fysioterapeutstudents erfaring med å leda ein «grøn» faglunsj. Fysioterapeuten. https://www.fysioterapeuten.no/baerekraft-fysioterapi-personlig-erfaring/ein-fysioterapeutstudents-erfaring-med-a-leda-ein-gron-faglunsj/146279

Maric, F., Chance-Larsen, K., Chevan, J., Jameson, S., Nicholls, D., Opsommer, E., Perveen, W., Richter, R., Stanhope, J., Stone, O., Strimpakos, N., Vieira, A., Williams, M., Zuber. S., Söderlund, A. (2021). A progress report on planetary health, environmental and sustainability education in physiotherapy – Editorial. European Journal of Physiotherapy, 1-2. https://doi.org/10.1080/21679169.2021.1932981

Palstam, A., Andersson, M., Lange, E., Grenholm, A. (2021) A Call to Include a Perspective of Sustainable Development in Physical Therapy Research, Physical Therapy, 101: 3. https//doi.org/10.1093/ptj/pzaa228

Beattie, P.F. (2021). The Emerging Role of Physical Therapists in Wilderness Medicine. APTA Magazine, April 2021;13.3:18-29. https://www.apta.org/apta-magazine/2021/04/01/the-emerging-role-of-physical-therapists-in-wilderness-medicine

Czernik, C. (2021). „Wir können uns nicht um Gesundheit kümmern und gleichzeitig ihre Grundlage zerstören“ – Physiotherapeut/innen für planetare Gesundheit im Gespräch. physiopraxis, 19(05), 12-14. https://doi.org/10.1055/a-1468-2325 

Alt, A. (2021). Was kann die Physiotherapie zum Umweltschutz beitragen? PT Zeitschrift für Physiotherapeuten, September 2021, 73: 14-17.

Torp, S., & Lorentzen, C. (2021). Ulovlige stengsler og bygging i strandsonen – en sak også for fysioterapeuter. Fysioterapeuten.

Maric, F. & Nicholls, D.A. (2020). Paradigm shifts are hard to come by: Looking ahead of COVID-19 with the social and environmental determinants of health and the UN SDGs. European Journal of Physiotherapy, 22(6). https://doi.org/10.1080/21679169.2020.1826577

Cleaver, S., Simard, M., Cardillo, O., Xiang, L., & Beavis, A. (2020). Physiotherapy Practice Goes Digital: A positive entry point into discussing physiotherapy and planetary health. Physiotherapy Practice. Canadian Physiotherapy Association. 

Maric, F. (2020). The Environmental Physiotherapy Agenda 2023. Physio Matters October 2020 Issue: Physiotherapy New Zealand.

Maric, F. & Nicholls, D.A. (2019) A call for a new environmental physiotherapy – An editorial, Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, 35:10, 905-907. https://doi.org/10.1080/09593985.2019.1632006

Maric, F. (2019). Ruf nach einer ökologischen Physiotherapie. PT Zeitschrift, Oktober 2019. Pflaum Verlag, Deutschland.

Foo, R. (2016). The role of physiotherapy in climate change mitigation. Physiotherapy, 102(3), e5. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.physio.2015.10.009

Jones, L.E. (2009a). Physiotherapy and the Earth’s global climate: a need for cultural change. Physiotherapy Research International, 14(2): 73–76. https://doi.org/10.1002/pri.441

Jones, L.E. (2009b). Thinking vertically about carbon emissions. InMotion, Septmber 2013: The Green Issue. Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA).

Case reports

Young SW, et al. (2023). Successful Physical Therapist Management of an Ankle Injury in the Austere Wilderness of Denali: A case report. JOSPT Cases;3(1):74–80. https://doi.org/10.2519/josptcases.2022.11159

Young, B. A., & Beattie, P. F. (2022). A Physical Therapist’s Experience as a Point-of-Contact Care Provider in a Wilderness Environment: A Case Series Report. JOSPT Cases, 2(3), 173-180. https://doi.org/10.2519/josptcases.2022.10944

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Guidelines, standards, policies and policy statements

Frost, J., & Hindle, L. (2023) Education for sustainable healthcare within UK pre-registration curricula for allied health professions. Council of Deans of Health. https://www.councilofdeans.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/ES-curricula-guidance-CoDH-version_SM-final-no-links.pdf

World Physiotherapy (2023). Policy statement: climate change and health. https://world.physio/policy/policy-statement-climate-change-and-health

Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (2022). CSP Declaration on Sustainability. https://www.csp.org.uk/news/2022-04-06-csp-declares-climate-nature-emergency 

MSK Partnership Group (2022). The United Kingdom Musculoskeletal Advanced Practice Standards. MSK Partnership Group: NHS Health Education England, MACP Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists, IFOMPT.

MSK Partnership Group (2022). The UK MSK Advanced Practice Standards: What are they and what purpose do they serve? MSK Partnership Group: NHS Health Education England, MACP Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists, IFOMPT.

American Physical Therapy Association (2022). Support of Environmentally Responsible Practice by the American Physical Therapy Association (Position). https://www.apta.org/apta-and-you/leadership-and-governance/policies/support-of-environmentally-responsible-practice 

World Physiotherapy European Region (2022). Harmonisation of Sustainable Development Goals Within the Profession. World Physiotherapy European Region, Professional Practice Working Group (PPWG). 

World Physiotherapy European Region (2022). Statement on Physiotherapy Education of the Europe region. Education Matters Working Group (EMWG). Prague, Czech Republic.

Maric, F., Nicholls, D., Mostert, K., Culpan, J., Stone, O., van Wijchen, J., Kennedy, M., Long, I., Bundtzen, T. (2020). The Environmental Physiotherapy Agenda 2023. Oslo: Environmental Physiotherapy Association (EPA). ISBN: 978-82-303-4491-0. https://eptagenda2023.com/

Student projects

Senay, C. (2023). Nature Connection as a Physiotherapy Tool: Background Research on Natural Environments Interaction with Human Health for Informative Articles Destined to Physiotherapists (Bachelor Thesis). Satakunta University of Applied Sciences, Finland. https://urn.fi/URN:NBN:fi:amk-2023112932710 

Kent, M. (2023). Opinions on Sustainable Health Education in Physiotherapy: A Survey Study (Bachelor Thesis). Division of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Sciences, The University of Nottingham. 

Omholt Lossius, L. (2023). Lærer om bærekraft og miljø: – Skyver på grensene for hva vi tenker at fysioterapi er. Interview with Physiotherapy Bachelor students from UiT The Arctic University of Norway. Fysioterapeuten Tidsskriftet.

Miles, N. (2023). Planetary Health Report Card: University of Brighton Physiotherapy. University of Brighton, School of Sport and Health Sciences.

Hernegger, S. (2022). Incorporating traditional Finnish Winter Swimming into Physiotherapy for treating Chronic Pain: a Systematized Literature Review (Bachelor Thesis). Satakunta University of Applied Sciences, Finland.  https://urn.fi/URN:NBN:fi:amk-202304276636

Creative publications

Johnsen Saue, A. M. (2023). Lekens kurative kraft: En fremtidshistorie om fysioterapi (The healing power of play: A fictional story about physiotherapy). Fysiotherapeuten Tidsskriftet. https://www.fysioterapeuten.no/fagessay-fremtid-fysiopunk/lekens-kurative-kraft-en-fremtidshistorie-om-fysioterapi/150223 

Maric, F., Nikolaisen, L. J., Ntinga, N. M., & Webb, J. (Eds.) (2022). Healthpunk Vol 2: Healthcare + Fiction + You. Open Physio Journal. https://www.doi.org/10.14426/opj/202212hp0200

Maric, F., Nikolaisen, L. J., Bårdsen, Å. (2021). Physiopunk Vol 1. Open Physio Journal. https://doi.org/10.14426/opj/202111pp00


Other resources

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This section includes notable environmental physiotherapy blogposts that have been published outside of Moving Earth – The EPA Blog.

Kent, M. (2023). Greening the Curriculum: Opinions and Barriers to Sustainable Health Education for Physiotherapists: Part 1. BJSM blog. https://blogs.bmj.com/bjsm/2023/09/18/greening-the-curriculum-opinions-and-barriers-to-sustainable-health-education-for-physiotherapists-part-1/

Kent, M. (2023). Greening the Curriculum: Opinions and Barriers to Sustainable Health Education for Physiotherapists: Part 2. BJSM blog. https://blogs.bmj.com/bjsm/2023/10/02/greening-the-curriculum-exploring-sustainable-health-education-for-physiotherapists-part-2/

Kimura, T. (2022). Our home, our body, our planet (blogpost). https://intouchpublichealth.net.au/our-home-our-body-our-planet/

Christe, G. (2021). Why should pain researchers consider climate change? Pain Research Forum, PRF Virtual Correspondents Blog – Cycle 3.  

Maric, F. (2021). Momentum is building, so let’s keep going: Extending our efforts in sustainable healthcare (blogpost). Centre for Sustainable Healthcare. Oxford: UK.



Beavis, A. (2023). Mindfulness and Environmental Justice with Elizabeth Houlding and Susan Czyzo. Global Physio Podcast.
Sudmann, Tobba T. (2021). Professor Tobba Sudmann innoverer fysioterapi med hest (podcast). 17-målspodden, HVL podcast: Bergen, Norway.

Tatta, J. (2022). Environmental Physical Therapy and The Tonic of Wilderness with Filip Maric and Todd Davenport. The Healing Pain Podcast: Episode 293.

Maric, F., Cleaver, S., O’Sullivan, C., Vieira, A., Stone, O. (2020). Environmental Physiotherapy Education podcast. In Beta Unconference 2020: https://inbeta.uwc.ac.za/


World Physiotherapy Europe Region (2023).   

Maric, F., van der Linde, S., Zisowsky, J., Senay, C., Bergli, A. A., & Schüssler, R. (2022, November 23). The 4th Environmental Physiotherapy Roundtable part 2. https://youtu.be/aq5RfYLdp6E

Maric, F., Plaisant, M., Chi, L., Cooksey, I., Popp, A., & Rytzell, K. (2022, November 22). The 4th Environmental Physiotherapy Roundtable part 1. https://youtu.be/09_897aV0NU

Planetary health essentials

The Lancet Countdown on health and climate change. https://www.thelancet.com/countdown-health-climate

Prescott, S.L., & Logan, A.C. (2019). Planetary Health: From the Wellspring of Holistic Medicine to Personal and Public Health Imperative. Explore, 15(2): 98-106. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.explore.2018.09.002

Ratima, M.; Martin, D.; Castleden, H.; Delormier, T. (2019). Indigenous voices and knowledge systems – promoting planetary health, health equity, and sustainable development now and for future generations. Global Health Promotion, 26: 3-5. https://doi.org/10.1177/1757975919838487 

Redvers, N. (2018). The Value of Global Indigenous Knowledge in Planetary Health. Challenges, 9, 30. https://doi.org/10.3390/challe9020030 

Environmental philosophy

Haraway, D. (2003). The Companion Species Manifesto: Dogs, People, and Significant Otherness. Prickly Paradigm Press, Chicago.

Jonas, H. (1984). The imperative of responsibility. In search for an ethics for the technological age. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Kropotkin, P. (1993). Mutual Aid: A Factor of Evolution. London: Freedom Press.

Morton, T. (2017). Humankind: Solidarity with nonhuman people. London: Verso Books.

Næss, A. (1989). Ecology, community and lifestyle. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Rose, D. B., Van Dooren, T., Chrulew, M., Cooke, S., Kearns, M., & O’Gorman, E. (2012). Thinking Through the Environment, Unsettling the Humanities. Environmental Humanities, 1(1), 1-5. https://doi.org/10.1215/22011919-3609940 

SDG essentials

United Nations (2015). Transforming Our World, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. General Assembly Resolution. A/RES/70/1. New York: United Nations Publishing. https://sdgs.un.org/2030agenda

United Nations (2019). Harmony with Nature: Report of the Secretary General. A/74/236. New York: United Nations Publishing.

UNESCO (2017). Local Knowledge, Global Goals. UNESCO: Paris, 48 pp. Retrieved February 24, 2020. See also UNESCO Local and Indigenous Knowledge Systems.

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