Carolyn Emery with UK concussion prevention team
Inaugural meeting of the UK Concussion Prevention Network in Bath, UK March 2023. Submitted by Dr. Carolyn Emery

May 29, 2023

Dr. Carolyn Emery helps to create and lead United Kingdom Concussion Prevention Network

Collaboration aims to reduce sport-related concussion rates

The Faculty of Kinesiology's Dr. Carolyn Emery, chair of the Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre, is applying University of Calgary know-how in helping to create and lead the recently launched United Kingdom (UK) Concussion Prevention Network. This network, led by academics from the universities of Bath, Edinburgh, UCalgary, and Leeds Beckett (Canadian and UK International Olympic Committee Centres for the Prevention of Injury and Protection of Athlete Health) is aiming to reduce sport-related concussion rates in the UK at all levels of sport participation through policy, training, equipment, and concussion management interventions.  

Currently, on research and scholarship leave at the University of Bath and University of Edinburgh, Dr. Emery is in the role of global chair in the Centre for Health and Injury and Illness Prevention in Sport.

"I am excited to have this opportunity to collaborate with colleagues across the UK and internationally to launch the inaugural meeting of the UK Concussion Prevention Network. This will bring together researchers and sport stakeholders to build capacity in the development and implementation of evidence-informed concussion prevention strategies that will have significant public health impact in reducing sport-related concussions across the lifespan," says Emery. 

Photo at top: (Left to right) Roderick Hebden (Love of the Game), Carolyn Emery (University of Calgary), James Cameron (Love of the Game, Keith Stokes (University of Bath), Debbie Palmer (University of Edinburgh), Ben Jones (Leeds Beckett University).

The United Kingdom Concussion Prevention Network is supported by Love of the Game, a campaign to reduce concussion-related issues across sport. 

Dr. Carolyn Emery, PT PhD, is the Chair of the Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre, a professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and departments of Pediatrics and Community Health Science in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary. She is also global chair in the Centre for Health and Injury and Illness Prevention in Sport.

Emery is a member of the Hotchkiss Brain Institute; Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute; O’Brien Institute for Public Health; and the McCaig Institute for Bone and Joint Health. Her research program is also supported by funds from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Alberta Innovates, International Olympic Committee, the Hotchkiss Brain Institute for Brain and Mental Health, Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation, O’Brien Institute for Public Health, National Football League Scientific Advisory Board Play Smart Play Safe Program, and National Basketball Association General Electric partnership.