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.


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.


Oct 13, 2020

Check out episode 15 of the Pearls of Performance podcast, featuring the Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre Chair, Dr. Carolyn Emery! Listen here.

Aug, 2020

Congratulations to Heidi Morrison and Ally Sobry on their poster awards at the McCaig Institute Summer Studentship Symposium!

May, 2020

Dr. Carolyn Emery's article "Concussion affects 1 in 10 youth athletes every year. Here's what needs to change." was published in The Conversation!

Jan, 2020

Congratulations to Dr. Alberto Nettel-Aguirre on receiving the 2019 Global Child Health Award!

Sept, 2019

Featured in Campaign 401, Ash Kolstad, MSc student with the Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre, talks about his motivations and future goals for concussion research

Sept 20, 2019

Patrick Pankow, MSc student with the Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre, featured in "Neumann's Notes: Pankow finds academic, football fit at UCalgary"

May 1, 2019

Drs. Kathryn Schneider, Fiona Clement and Amy Metcalfe discuss research and policy-making in health care...more

Apr, 2019

Congratulations to Mathieu Chin, undergraduate researcher with the Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre, on his prestigious 3M National Student Fellowship!

Mar, 2019

The British Journal of Sports Medicine published a wonderful Inside Track profile on Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre Chair, Dr. Carolyn Emery

Feb 18, 2019

Congratulations to Dr. Carolyn Emery and Dr. Amanda Black on their publication "Are Rule Changes the Low-Hanging Fruit for Concussion Prevention in Youth Sport?" in JAMA Pediatrics

Feb 5, 2019

The Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre has launched a new, on-line course to demystify concussion. The course, led by Dr. Kathryn Schneider, PhD, explains how everyone can play a role to prevent, identify and manage this type of traumatic brain injury. It also demonstrates how concussion management protocol can be adapted to the characteristics and resources of different sports and settings. This course is in collaboration with the Université of Laval. Find out more hereGlobal News release.

Jan, 2019

Schneider et al were the recipients of the 2018 JOSPT Excellence in Research Award: We are honoured to have received the 2018 JOSPT Excellence in Research Award for our article titled: "Changes in Measures of Cervical Spine Function, Vestibulo-ocular reflex, Dynamic Balance and Divided Attention Following Sport-Related Concussion in Elite Youth Ice Hockey Players" which was published in the December 2018 issue of JOSPT. Thank you to all of the players, coaches, parents, research staff, clinicians and Hockey Calgary for their contributions to this study!

Jan 7, 2019

11 International Research Centres recognised by the International Olympic Committee for injury prevention and protection of athlete health...more 

Visitors from Japan


On July 31, 2019, we welcomed visitors from Ryotokuji University (Urayasu, Chiba, Japan)