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.