RACE 2022

2022 Research and Community Engagement (RACE) Symposium

September 28, 2022


Wednesday, September 28

Symposium 9:00am-4:00pm MST, social and networking 4:00-6:00pm MST

MacEwan Hall Ballroom, University of Calgary 


Questions? Email siprc@ucalgary.ca


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Dr. Penny Werthner, Interim Provost and Vice-President (Academic), University of Calgary

Dr. Carolyn Emery, Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology and Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary, Canada Research Chair in Concussion, Chair of Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre

Dr. Stephen West, Canadian Institutes of Health Research Postdoctoral Fellow in the Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre (SIPRC), Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Calgary.

Dr. Kathryn Schneider, Associate Professor and Clinician Scientist (Physiotherapist) at the Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre, Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary

Panel discussion moderated by Heather Shepherd (PhD candidate) and Ash Kolstad (PhD student)


  • Dr. Stephen West
  • Dr. Kathryn Schneider
  • Maria Samson, former Rugby Canada national team member
  • Christy Lyon, Rugby Coach with the Calgary Hornets Rugby Football Club
  • Brad Van Raalte, Assistant Executive Director, Alberta Schools' Athletic Association
  • Elliott Hearn, Student and concussion survivor
  • Brynn Lamb, Student and concussion survivor

Dr. Paul Eliason - What’s the evidence for bodychecking in youth ice hockey?

Kenzie Friesen - Body Fat May Place Softball Pitchers Behind the “Weight” Ball

Courtney Kennedy - Activity and concussion management: examining the dose-response relationship between sleep, sedentary behaviour, and physical activity in concussed youth

Destiny Lutz - Let’s kick injury and concussions out of youth soccer with neuromuscular training

Meghan Critchley - Risk Factors for Dance-Related Injury in Pre-Professional Ballet Dancers

Joshua Cairns- DOWN, SET, WARM-UP: a spotlight on current warm-up best practices in Calgary youth Football 

Jason Tabor - What is role of blood biomarkers in the management of sport-related concussion?

Reid Syrydiuk - Perfecting the Scramble: Examining the COVID-19 Pandemic’s Influence on Youth Football

Rylen Williamson - Can referees assess head contact infractions correctly in Canadian youth ice hockey? A video analysis study

Dr. Garrett Bullock is a former professional baseball player, practicing physical therapist, and quantitative epidemiologist. Dr. Bullock was a Clarendon Scholar at the University of Oxford prior to joining the faculty at Wake Forest School of Medicine. Dr. Bullock holds an honorary appointment with the United Kingdom Centre for Sport, Exercise, and Osteoarthritis Research Versus Arthritis at the University of Oxford.

In this talk, Dr. Bullock will talk about research demonstrating how the abrupt stop and start of high school athletics during the pandemic is related to an excess of thousands of increased injuries when athletes returned to sport following shelter in place. Two way discussion and education is needed between sports medicine professionals and high school athlete stakeholder groups on creating safe return to sport protocols following abrupt stop and start sport events.

Lunch, networking...and emails.

Ash Kolstad - Is it time to mandate mouthguards in youth ice hockey?

Benjamin Leggett - How to ace the Sport Concussion Assessment Tool 5

Heather Shepherd - With a little help from my friends”: Peer support in students following concussion

Stacy Sick - Preseason cervical, vestibulo-ocular, and oculomotor measures in youth sport participants: Sex does matter

Christy Fehr - Whistleblowing the whistleblower- are head contacts a target for injury prevention?

Taylor Price - Age and sex matter: examining suspected injury and concussion rates in Canadian youth rugby through video analysis

Emily Heming - Ringing in the high rates of head contacts, body checking, and injury in ringette

Nathan Johnson - Impact of the Menstrual Cycling during Application of Lower Body Negative Pressure Cycling: Implications for Concussion Rehabilitation

Kirsten Holte - Do sex and sport type matter? Symptom severity, quality of life, vestibulo-ocular, oculomotor, and cervical spine findings following concussion

Alissa Kazakoff - When there’s flow, will my knee blow? What we know about injury prevention across the menstrual cycle

Dr. Jean-Michel Galarneau - Older youth ice-hockey players have the greatest injury and subsequent injury risk

Joseph Carere - Ready for Resistance?

Ally Sobry - What About Sledge Hockey? The high injury and concussion burden in this adapted sport

Isla Shill - Differences in male and female injury in high school rugby – Sex-specific considerations towards injury prevention

Alli George - Validation and Reliability of the Pre-Adolescent Dance Injury and Participation Questionnaire (PADIP-Q)

Anu Raisanen - Who is most likely to respond to neuromuscular training injury prevention warm-ups?

Dr. Sarah Kenny, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Calgary

Dr. Matt Jordan, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Calgary

Panel discussion moderated by Meghan Critchley (PhD candidate) and Aki-Matti Alanen (PhD candidate)


  • Dr. Sarah Kenny
  • Dr. Matt Jordan
  • Taylor Evernden, Founder & Director of Performance at ORKA Performance
  • Karen Sudds, Co-President of Healthy Dancer and dance educator
  • Carla Van den Berg, PhD Candidate, Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Calgary

Dr. Carolyn Emery, Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Calgary, Canada Research Chair in Concussion, Chair of Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre

Dr. Shelina Babul, Clinical Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of British Columbia, and Associate Director and Sports Injury Specialist, BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit at BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute.

Dr. Kathy Belton, Associate Director, Injury Prevention Centre, School of Public Health, University of Alberta

A chance to mingle and talk to participants, attendees and colleagues.