Courtney Kennedy

MSc Student

Courtney Kennedy

Courtney Kennedy completed her HBK as well as her Graduate Diploma Program in Professional Kinesiology at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario, working as a graduate assistant and undergraduate tutor. Under the supervision of Dr. Jonathan Smirl, Courtney is examining the dose-response relationship between physical activity and concussion outcomes by evaluating the association between objectively measured changes in physical activity levels in the acute recovery stage in female and male high-school students and how this relates to time to medical clearance following sport-related concussion.

Awards and Distinctions

2020 Alberta Graduate of Excellence Scholarship


  1. Kennedy, C. M., Burma, J. S., Newel, K. T., Brassard, P., & Smirl, J. D. (2022). Time-course recovery of cerebral blood velocity metrics post aerobic exercise: a systematic review. Journal of Applied Physiology (Bethesda, Md. : 1985), 133(2).
  2. Carere, J., Burma, J. S., Newel, K. T., Kennedy, C. M., Smirl, J. D., & Joel Burma, C. S. (2022). Sex differences in autonomic recovery following repeated sinusoidal resistance exercise. Physiological Reports, 10(8), e15269.
  3. Newel, K. T., Burma, J. S., Carere, J., Kennedy, C. M., Smirl, J. D., & Burma, S. (2022). Does oscillation size matter? Impact of added resistance on the cerebral pressure-flow Relationship in females and males. Physiological Reports, 10(10), e15278.
  4. Burma JS, Kennedy CM, Penner LC, Miutz LN, Galea OA, Ainslie PN, Smirl JD. Long-term heart transplant recipients: heart rate-related effects on augmented transfer function coherence during repeated squat-stand maneuvers in malesAm J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physyiol. 2021 Dec 1; 321(6):R925-R937. doi:10.1152/ajpregu.00177.2021. Epub 2021 Nov 3.
  5. Burma JS, Wassmuth RM, Kennedy CM, Miutz LN, Newel KT, Carere J, Smirl JD. Does task complexity impact the neurovascular coupling response similarly between males and females? Physiol Rep. 2021 Sep; 9(17):e15020. doi:10.14814/phy2.15020.



Sport Injury Research Prevention Center 
University of Calgary 
2500 University Drive, NW 
Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2N 1N4