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.



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

January 2021

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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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Consensus Statement

International Olympic Committee consensus statement: methods for recording and reporting of epidemiological data on injury and illness in sport 2020 (including STROBE Extension for Sport Injury and Illness Surveillance (STROBE-SIIS)) is now available!

February 2020

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

January 2020


Special Edition Article

A special edition from JOSPT, focusing on concussion, has published Adapting the Dynamic, Recursive Model of Sport Injury to Concussion: An Individualized Approach to Concussion Prevention, Detection, Assessment, and Treatment (Schneider et al).

November 2019

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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.

September 2019


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

September 20, 2019

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New Article

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

May 1, 2019

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