Dr. Kati Pasanen

Associate Professor

Dr. Kati Pasanen

Kati Pasanen is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary. She is a sport injury epidemiologist and physiotherapist. Her PhD in Injury Prevention (2009) is from the Medical School, Faculty of Medicine, University of Tampere, Finland. Her scientific work focuses on research of sport injuries, including epidemiological, clinical, biomechanical, as well as experimental studies. The primary focus of Dr. Pasanen’s research is the identification of mechanisms and risk factors for knee and ankle joint injuries, and evaluation of prevention methods to decrease the risk of injury in youth sports.

Before moving to Calgary, she worked as a Research and Development Manager in the Tampere Research Center of Sports Medicine at the UKK Institute for Health Promotion Research, Finland. She has developed, taught, and instructed many educations courses for physiotherapists, physicians, coaches, and PE teachers in the area of sport injury prevention. Over twenty years she has served as a coach for adult and adolescent team sport athletes in both national and international level.


Peer-reviewed scientific articles (10 most recent)

  1. Critchley M, Ferber R, Pasanen K, Kenny S. Injury epidemiology in pre-professional dancers: a 5-year prospective cohort study. Phys Ther Sport 2022 (Accepted).
  2. Critchley M, Ferber R, Pasanen K, Kenny S. Pre-Season Screening Assessment: Normative data for pre-professional ballet dancers. J Dance Med Sci 2022 (Accepted).
  3. Leppanen M, Uotila A, Tokola K, Forsman H, Kujala UM, Parkkari J, Kannus P, *Pasanen K & *Vasankari T. Players with high physical fitness are at greater risk of injury in children’s football. Scand J Med Sci Sports 2022 (In press). *Shared Senior Authorship
  4. Hietamo J, Rantala A, Parkkari J, Leppanen M, Rossi MT, Heinonen A, Steffen K, Vasankari T, Kannus P, Mattila V, Pasanen K. Injury history and perceived knee function as risk factors for knee injury in youth team sports athletes. Sports Health 2021 (In press). DOI: 10.1177/19417381211065443
  5. Shill IJ, West SW, Sick S, Schneider K, Hagel BE, Pasanen K, Wiley JP, Emery CA, Black AM. Injuries and Concussions in Female High School Rugby: Prevention is Worth a Try. Clin J Sports Med 2021 (In press). DOI: 10.1097/JSM.0000000000000993
  6. Gibson E, Raisanen A, Cairo A, Kuntze C, Emery CA, Pasanen K. Sport-related shoulder injuries among young individuals: Incidence, prevalence, mechanisms, risk factors, and prevention strategies. A systematic review. TSM 2022: https://doi.org/10.1155/2022/8791398
  7. Hannington M, Tait T, Cook J, Docking S, Owoeye OBA, Emery CA, Pasanen K, Bonello C, Vicendese D, Edwards S, Rio E. Location of anterior knee pain affects load tolerance in isometric single leg knee extension. JSAMS 2022; 25: 569-573.
  8. Lysdall FG, Wang HY, Delahunt E, Gehring D, Kosik KB, Krosshaug T, Li Y, Mok KM, Pasanen K, Remus A, Terada M, Fong DTP. What have we learnt from quantitative case reports of lateral ankle sprains and episodes of “giving-way” of the ankle joint, and what shall we further investigate? Sports Biomech 2022; 21: 359-379.
  9. Emery CA, Owoeye OBA, Raisanen A, Befus K, Palacios-Derflingher L, Pasanen K. The SHRed Injuries Basketball neuromuscular training warm-up program reduces ankle and knee injury rates by 36% in youth basketball. JOSPT 2022; 52: 40-48.
  10. Hilska M, Leppänen M, Vasankari T, Aaltonen S, Raitanen J, Raisanen A, Steffen K, Forsman H, Konttinen N, Kujala U, Pasanen K. Adherence to an injury prevention warm-up program in children’s soccer. A secondary analysis of a randomized controlled trial. IJERPH 2021; 18 (24): 13134.



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