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.
Eliminating injuries and their consequences that prevent youth from participating in lifelong sport and recreational activities
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
What's Going on in SIPRC?
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.
Congratulations to Christy Fehr on her successful MSc defense!
February 9, 2023
The Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre has once again been recognized as one of 11 International Research Centres for the Prevention of Injury and Protection of Athlete Health supported by the International Olympic Committee!
October 25, 2022
Dr. Carolyn Emery has been appointed one of four Global Chairs by the University of Bath.
Congratulations to Emily Heming on her successful MSc defense!
September 6, 2022
World Rugby had chosen the Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre to lead a three-year study investigating injury prevention in female rugby.
University of Bath Announcement
Congratulations to Dr. Stephen West et al. on the publication "Caught on camera: a video assessment of suspected concussion and other injury events in women's rugby union" in the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport.
Congratulations to Dr. Paul Eliason on being awards the 2022 Patti Lou and Ron Doornbos Memorial Scholarship. Keep up the great work!
Article of Interest
Looking to learn more about our work in rugby? Check out this article authored by SIPRC Postdoctoral Fellow, Stephen West!
June 27, 2022
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
Congratulations to Dr. Carolyn Emery, who received a Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine Presidential Coin.
Congratulations to Dr. Carolyn Emery on being named a Killam Annual Professor.
October 18, 2021
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