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.



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


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


Dr. Jonathan Smirl and PhD candidate, Joel Burma, discuss their brain blood flow research.

January 2021

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Take A Listen

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

October 13, 2020

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

August 2020

New Article

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!

May 2020

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