As a professor of Physical Education and Education at UBC, Vertinsky published The Eternally Wounded Woman, examining how doctors had a major role in curtailing the physical activities of middle-class women.

Eternally Wounded Woman: Women, Exercise and Doctors in the Late Nineteenth Century (University of Manchester Press, 1990)

Sites of Sport: Space, Place and Experience; edited. (London: Routledge, 2004)

Disciplining bodies in the Gymnasium: Memory, Monument, Modernism; co-edited with Sherry Mckay (London: Routledge, 2004).

Venus with Biceps: A Pictorial History of Muscular Women; with David L. Chapman. (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2010). 978-1-55152-370-5 : $29.95.

[BCBW 2010] "Women" "Health"