An Interview with An Interview with Sarah Shultz
Dr. Sarah Shultz
Associate Professor at Seattle University
1. What is your interest in the Osteoarthritis Action Alliance?
Having worked with OAAA for a couple of years, I have seen firsthand how impactful the organization has been in educating the community, whether that community is academic, medical, or societal. The emphasis on educating the whole person is an important philosophy for me as an associate professor at Seattle University.
2. What do you think is the most important issue today related to osteoarthritis?
I am most passionate about functionality and really working towards improving an individual’s everyday life. For me, I have focused primarily on the role of weight as a predicating factor for OA and musculoskeletal pain, but the overarching mission has always been to preserve a person’s ability to be independent and pain-free.
3. How does your work connect to issues in osteoarthritis?
For most of my career, I have focused on the orthopedic complications related to pediatric obesity and really understanding how we can promote exercise without placing the individual at risk for injury or early onset of OA.
4. What is a headline you’d like to see about osteoarthritis in five years?
Rates of Osteoarthritis Decline with Decreased Obesity Prevalence
5. What is one interesting fact you’d like people to know you ?
I chair the Kinesiology Department at Seattle University and our motto is “exercise for life, exercise for everyone”. The motto is really about aligning with the university’s mission to empower leaders and making sure our students understand that we can impact communities through exercise and health. In that way, I really think that our organization and OAAA have a lot in common.