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Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre

While sport and recreational activities offer many positive physical, social and psychological benefits, these activities are also the leading cause of injury in youth.  The consequences of injury include reduced physical activity, obesity, osteoarthritis, disability, depression and others.  A balanced and evidence informed approach is necessary to optimize the benefits of participation while mitigating and managing the risks.

The Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre is one of 11 International Research Centres for the Prevention of Injury and Protection of Athlete Health supported by the International Olympic Committee. Through a rigorous academic approach, we study the patterns, causes and effects of sport and recreational injury.  Our expertise spans the fields of biostatistics, sport medicine, physical therapy, athletic therapy, biomechanics, health psychology, sociology, health economics and public health policy. We use this knowledge to develop, implement and evaluate strategies to prevent injury. Through strong relationships with community partners, sport associations, schools, parents and youth, we make a positive impact on participants in youth sport and recreation.

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Our People

Meet our team of academic faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, staff and collaborators.

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Our Studies

We have conducted many studies to examine risk factors for injury, develop injury prevention strategies, and understand the best way to implement new prevention initiatives in sport and recreation settings.

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Currently Recruiting

We need your help! We are currently recruiting participants for a number of studies. Find out if you or someone you know are eligible to participate, what you would have to do and who to contact if you are interested.


Online Concussion Course

The Online Concussion Course is BACK!

Take a free, non-credit online course on concussion with UCalgary and Université Laval. The next course begins Sept. 13 and runs until Nov. 8. Last possible day to register is Oct. 7. The course is for those who are interested in preventing, detecting and managing concussions. You can do the course on your own schedule, at your own pace, but you must wrap it up by Nov. 8.

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Paul Eliason

Congratulations!

Congratulations to Paul Eliason on his successful PhD thesis defense: "Youth Ice Hockey Related Injury and Concussion: Informing Prevention Through Modifiable Risk Factors"

April 16, 2021

UofC Football Players

Congratulations!

Congratulations to Patrick Pankow on his successful MSc thesis defense: "Heads Above the Rest: Examining Head Impacts in Canadian High School Football"

April 12, 2021

Upcoming Events


Dance Survey

Dance Research Survey

Dance researchers at the University of Calgary are inviting dancers, dance teachers, and dance parents to participate in a research study exploring wearable technology use in the dance setting. The researchers are interested in perceptions, attitudes, and barriers of using wearable technology for dance. Results from this study will help inform development of dance-friendly wearable technologies and strategies on how it can become more acceptable for use in dance.

We are currently recruiting dancers (at least 12 years of age), dance teachers (age 18+), and dance parents (with a child under the age of 18 registered in a dance program) from the Calgary and surrounding area who would be interested in completing an online questionnaire on their wearable technology use. Participation in the study is voluntary.

If you have any questions about the study, you can contact the study student researcher, Valeriya Volkova at danceinjury@ucalgary.ca. 

This study has been approved by the University of Calgary Conjoint Health Research Ethics Board (REB21-0195).

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