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Sports psychology
Training the mind for competition

It takes more than grueling workouts to become an elite athlete. Mental strength is just as important as physical condition. Our researchers study how athletes can win on the playing fields of the mind.

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.

Sociology of sports
The power of play

Why should we get and stay physically active? UCalgary athletes, alumni and researchers tackle the age-old question and find that the benefits of sports reach far beyond the physical.

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.

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. 


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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A one-metre orange line painted on the ice at the base of the boards in hockey rinks – known as the Look-Up Line – is meant to warn players to look up before bodychecking into the boards. But instead of serving as a reminder, this line had the opposite effect: players looked down at the line, potentially making them more vulnerable to injuries, according to a study led by researchers in the Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary. 

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Life after the Olympics

After years of pursuing athletic dreams, what are the options when the days of training and competitions are over? Two Olympians share their stories.

Exploring social biometrics

Researchers at UCalgary are studying how our online social traits can identify us as certainly as our facial expressions and the way we walk. 

Leadership lessons from the rock face

Two UCalgary researchers have found that characteristics essential to rock climbing can also contribute to success in business leadership.  

An ounce of prevention . . .

Researchers evaluate the economic impact of a youth neuromuscular training strategy on health-care costs.

It may be in the muscles

Women appear to be closing the gap in endurance running, but are they faster than men?

Fighting fatigue in cancer survivors

By adapting methods used in elite athletics, UCalgary researchers seek to understand the mechanisms that cause fatigue.

Head injuries in youth

An analysis of medical literature dating back to the 1980s singles out rugby, hockey and football as the highest-risk sports for concussion. 

Talking the walk

UCalgary’s Running Injury Clinic is taking on osteoarthritis of the knee with a precision medicine approach.

The curious case of runner's knee

A biomechanics study reveals potential new ways to treat one of the most common running injuries.

Training vs. genetics

Intrigued by differences in athletic ability, one researcher finds that a certain muscle protein plays a role in cardiovascular fitness.


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