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High-Performance Athletics

Explore achievement.

Incubator of excellence

The human body is the most amazing, complex, powerful machine there is. How do we unlock its full potential? From movements to motivations, from food to fortitude, we're studying every aspect of human ability.

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Running injuries

Taking the guesswork out of treatment

With 3D GAIT analysis developed at UCalgary, clinicians around the world can help runners solve biomechanical problems that lead to injuries.

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Human Performance Laboratory

Always aiming higher, faster, further, stronger

Fatigue, injuries, exercise, diet, running shoes – nothing is off-limits when it comes to studying ways to get the most out of the human body.

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Equine sports

Maximizing horse power

Are non-human athletes vulnerable to the same ailments as are their human counterparts? Our researchers study such factors as performance stress, cardiovascular health and gastric ulcers in performance horses. 

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Knocking out head injuries

With a focus on prevention, our researchers look at all facets of youth sports injuries, from causes to symptoms to recovery.

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The race to prevent running injuries

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Horse health: Researching the performance of equine athletes

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(Un)health and fitness: A more balanced approach to wellness

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Our brains and fatigue

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Getting back in the game: A faster way to concussion recovery

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The science of Game Face: Helping athletes discover their self-control

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Solid foundation: The importance of ankles and shoes in preventing injury

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Symptoms and treatments for five common running injuries

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12 tips to improve athletic performance – from the experts

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Running injury clinic: A community approach to treatment

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Inside the mind of an Olympian

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Knocking out concussions in sport

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No pain, no gain? The sociology of sports

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Concussions: Top tips for recovery

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