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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.

Our Vision

Eliminating injuries and their consequences that prevent youth from participating in lifelong sport and recreational activities

Our Mission

Excellence in research, training and knowledge translation to inform best practice and policy in the prevention of injuries and their consequences in youth sport and recreation

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Upcoming Events

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SHRed Mobile Trek to Quebec

At the end of April 2022, the SHRed Mobile and our group of researchers made the trip from Calgary, Alberta to Quebec City, Quebec for the Annual Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine (CASEM) Symposium.

Dr. Paul Eliason


Congratulations to Dr. Paul Eliason on being awards the 2022 Patti Lou and Ron Doornbos Memorial Scholarship. Keep up the great work!

June 2022


Article of Interest

Looking to learn more about our work in rugby? Check out this article authored by SIPRC Postdoctoral Fellow, Stephen West!

The Conversation Article

June 27, 2022

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Publication Alert

Congratulations to Dr. Paul Eliason et al. on the publication "Bodychecking experience and rates of injury among ice hockey players aged 15–17 years" in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

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June 20, 2022

Dr. Carolyn Emery receiving Presidential Coin


Congratulations to Dr. Carolyn Emery, who received a Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine Presidential Coin.

May 2022

Dr. Carolyn Emery


Congratulations to Dr. Carolyn Emery on being named a Killam Annual Professor.
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October 18, 2021

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Introducing the SHRed Mobile!

The SHRed Concussions mobile unit will support an innovative platform for concussion prevention, detection, diagnosis, prognosis, management, and treatment evaluation studies. A multidisciplinary team will ensure a broader reach to all Alberta communities that have previously received limited attention in concussion, injury prevention and youth health studies nationally.

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September 28, 2021