Scotty Butcher

Ph.D, MSc PT


Pain science

Saskatchewan, Canada
/ English
Dr. Scotty Butcher is an Associate Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science at the University of Saskatchewan, founder of The Strength Jedi, and CEO of Mind Body Strength.


Dr. Scotty Butcher is an Associate Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science at the University of Saskatchewan, founder of The Strength Jedi, and CEO of Mind Body Strength. Scotty’s focus in research, teaching, and clinical work is on a hybrid strength training/mindfulness approach. He teaches exercise physiology, prescription, and rehabilitation to physical therapy students and in continuing education courses, and has published several peer reviewed articles and book chapters related to exercise testing and prescription. Currently training as a powerlifter, he has a passion for strength training and translates this to promoting quality exercise training and rehabilitation practices for clinicians and students.

He holds a BSc PT and MSc Kin from the University of Saskatchewan and a PhD in Exercise Physiology and Experimental Medicine from the University of Alberta. He is certified as a Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist (ACSM-RCEP), is a CrossFit Level 1 trainer (CF-L1), and is formerly certified as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA-CSCS); the latter of which he has formally relinquished. Most recently, Scotty has been certified as a Mindfulness and Meditation Teacher (CMMT), incorporates mindfulness into his research, and has a daily personal practice.

Scotty teaches exercise rehabilitation to MPT students at the University of Saskatchewan and has presented numerous courses, workshops, lectures, and conference presentations across the globe.

Clinical Interest :

  • Strength training ;
  • Mindfulness ;
  • Whole body power training in older adults ;
  • Stress and recovery ;
  • Autonomic nervous system regulation.

University studies :

  • Bachelor of Science, Physical Therapist (University of Saskatchewan, 1998)
  • Master of Science, Kinesiology & Exercise Science  (University of Saskatchewan, 2001)
  • PhD, Pulmonary Medicine & Exercice Physiology (University of Alberta, 2007)

Additional courses :

  • CSCS 2009 ;
  • ACSM-RCEP 2010 ;
  • CF-L1 2017 ;
  • Certified Meditation and Mindfulness Teacher 2020.
  1. Shaw KA, Zello GA, Butcher SJ, Ko JB, Bertrand L, Chilibeck PD. The impact of face masks on performance and physiological outcomes during exercise: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab. 2021 Jul;46(7):693-703. doi: 10.1139/apnm-2021-0143. Epub 2021 Apr 26. PMID: 33901405. Open access article: Click here!
  2. Hickmott LM, Chilibeck PD, Shaw KA, Butcher SJ. The Effect of Load and Volume Autoregulation on Muscular Strength and Hypertrophy: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Sports Med Open. 2022 Jan 15;8(1):9. doi: 10.1186/s40798-021-00404-9. PMID: 35038063; PMCID: PMC8762534. Open access article: Click here!
  3. Kowalchuk K, Butcher S. Eccentric Overload Flywheel Training in Older Adults. J Funct Morphol Kinesiol. 2019 Aug 22;4(3):61. doi: 10.3390/jfmk4030061. PMID: 33467376; PMCID: PMC7739307. Open access article: Click here!


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Anthony Teoli, Ebonie Rio, Jacqui Koep, Jared Powell, Joanne Kemp, Scotty Butcher, Toby Hall
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