The use of infrared thermography to measure injury biomarkers in knee musculoskeletal injuries of professional football players

Football has some of the highest injury rates among sports, with lower extremity injuries being the most common. Infrared thermography is an emerging technology that can be used to aid rehabilitation by mapping out temperature distribution of the body using a specialized camera. This technique can measure temperature increase caused by inflammation and could be used to monitor the healing process.

SPARKing Change: Trialing transformative approaches to equity-related learning for the Sport, Physical Activity, Recreation, and Kinesiology sector.

In running, we don’t train to run a marathon, we train to create of our bodies and minds somebody who is capable of running a marathon. The same is true for equitizing justice, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility (JEDIA) work: we don’t train to perfect static techniques of equitization. We train to develop the skills, knowledges, instincts, and stamina necessary to stay with the challenging and innovative work of equity.

Electrophysiological characterization of hiPSC-derived neuronal cells

Brain and nerve diseases are one of the major contributors to disability in Canada. There is need for a physiologically relevant human system to study these diseases. Recent discoveries have led to the ability to reprogram an individual’s skin or blood cells to become stem cells, and then to provide the right conditions to grow these stem cells into human brain or nerve cells. However, to fully realize their potential, the precise conditions to grow specific types of cells from different brain regions or nerves is needed.

Knowledge translation tools to promote health behaviour change

Canada is a multi-cultural nation that welcomes immigrants from around the world, many of whom present a high prevalence of chronic medical conditions and its risk factors. To minimize this burden, it is essential that individuals at risk of such diseases are connected to evidence-based health information. Therefore, there is a need for strategies that align scientific knowledge
with health care practice in terms of chronic disease prevention in minority groups.

Concussion Assessment Enhancement Using a Dual-Task Dynamic Balance Reaction Time Protocol

Individuals are often returned to work/sport before they have fully recovered from a concussion which may lead to further injury or a second concussion. Return to play/work assessments that include balance, reaction time, and dual-task abilities may provide a safer and healthier return to work/sport. This study aims to develop an innovative concussion assessment protocol that includes balance control, reaction time, and dual-task ability testing. A literature review will help develop the assessment protocol to be pilot tested in healthy individuals.

Workforce retention strategies for RPNs within the home and community health care sector

The current nursing shortage in the home and community care (HCC) sector is cause for concern. The demand for home care services is greater than what organizations can provide, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to high turnover rates.

AHEAD: A Mixed Methods Study of a Personal Development Program for High-Performance Biathletes

Personal development can help high-performance athletes successfully deal with challenges and transitions throughout their careers. A mental training program entitled “AHEAD” was developed to promote high-performance athletes’ personal development. AHEAD includes six workshops and focuses on developing athletes' personal development by improving five specific strategies: self-awareness, goals- and purpose-setting, reflecting, perspective taking, evaluating.

Real-time visual feedback in swimming – FORM Swim Goggles

Form Athletica Inc.’s augmented reality swim goggles (FORM goggles) are on the leading frontier of
augmented reality sport technology. With their see-through display and ability to track and display
numerous swimming performance metrics in real-time, swimmers have the opportunity to train in a
smarter and more efficient way. Exploiting data from the FORM goggles will have benefits to the sport of
swimming, and to the broader AR wearable technology industry.

Scaling Up Trauma- and Violence-Informed Physical Activity for Mental Health and Well-being

Despite the overwhelming evidence that physical activity promotes overall positive health, there are limited trauma-and-violence-informed health promotion strategies directed towards equity-owed populations. Women experiencing multiple marginalization’s face numerous barriers to participation in physical activity and are at higher risk for negative health outcomes.

Integration of dynamic imaging and symptomology to identify precise treatments for knee osteoarthritis

Knee osteoarthritis (OA) can present in different ways. The relationships between the symptoms and their causes are mostly unknown, making it difficult to choose the best course of action. Being able to identify various contributor to symptoms would be extremely beneficial to determining the optimal course of treatment. We will develop a system that accounts for 3D joint movements, forces, and their relationships to symptoms using state-of-the-art technology.