The University of Toronto (Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education) was one of the first – initiated in 1999 - comprehensive programs in the country dedicated to concussions among student athletes. By drawing on the resources and research excellence at the University of Toronto as well as the rich athletic tradition, our program is made up of researchers and clinicians with a unique expertise on concussion and athletics.
The KPE Faculty Council endorsed the establishment of The Centre for Sport-Related Concussion Research, Innovation and Knowledge as a new Extra-Departmental Unit (Level D) on April 9, 2021, with the appointment of Associate Professor Michael Hutchison as director.
We have three distinct components working in conjunction with each other to be the leaders in concussion prevention, management, and education.
Our research environment allows us to identify potential prevention strategies as well as advance our understanding of concussion to help us better treat and manage the injury.
We have a number of education initiatives for students, athletes, parents, coaches, healthcare providers, and administrators to help prevent, recognize, and manage concussions. The David L. MacIntosh Sport Medicine Clinic provides access and care from the leaders in sport medicine, with specific expertise of concussion.
Stress Markers in Concussed Athletes
Concussion in Dancers
Guidelines for return to synchronized swimming
Underreporting of concussion injuries
Concussion and support
Emotional Factors and Sport Concussion
Psychological Sequelae of Injury
Laura McClemont, MSc., PhD candidate
Ryan MacDonald, MSc. candidate
Sandhya Mylabathula, MSc., PhD candidate
Kaleigh Ferdinand Pennock, MSc., PhD candidate
Graham Tebbit, MSc candidate
Ben Alavie, MSc candidate
Braeden McKenzie, MSc candidate
Jonathan Chan, MSc.
Arrani Senthinathan, MSc.
Michael Hutchison, Ph.D.
Nick Snow, MSc.
Christine Provvidenza, MSc.
Elizabeth Vittulo, PhD.
Enid Headley, MSc.
Elizabeth Byrne, MSc.
Vicki Kristman, PhD.
Senthinathan, A., Mainwaring, L., Hutchison, M. (2016 in press). Heart rate variability of athletes across concussion recovery milestones: A Preliminary Study. Clinical Journal of
Hutchison, M., Mainwaring, L., Senthinathan, A., Churchill, N., Thomas, S., Richards, D. (In press). Psychological and physiological markers of stress in concussed athletes across recovery milestones. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation.
Mainwaring, L. (2012). The Art and Science of
Mainwaring, L., Comper, P., Hutchison, M., & Richards, D., (2012). Lessons Learned from Baseline and Post-Concussion Assessment Research. Journal of Clinical
Hutchison, M., Comper, P., Mainwaring, L. & Richards, D. (2012). Normative Data in a Sample of University Athletes using ANAM tests. Journal of Clinical
Hutchison, M., Mainwaring, L., Comper, P., Richards, D., & Bisschop, S. (2009). Differential emotional responses of varsity athletes to
Kristman, V.L., Kreigher, N., Tator, C., Richards, D., Mainwaring, L., Jaglal, S., Tomlinson, G., Comper, P. (2008)Does the apolipoprotein ε4 allele predispose varsity athletes to concussion? A prospective cohort study.
Mainwaring, L., Bisschop, S.M., Comper, P., Green, R., Richards, D., Antoniazzi, M., & Kristman, V., Provvidenza, C. (2004). Emotional Reaction of Varsity Athletes to Sports-Related Concussion. Journal of Exercise and
Kimmerle, M., Mainwaring, L., Borenstein, M. (2003). The Functional
Mainwaring, L. (in Press). Psychological Factors and
Mainwaring, L. (2011). Short – Term and Extended Emotional Correlates of Concussion. In F. Webbe (ed.) Handbook of
Mainwaring, L. (2010) Ch. 8: Ending Therapeutic relationships. Invited chapter. In S.
Mainwaring, L. (2015). Keynote Address: Managing Concussions for Dancers and Performing Artists. Performing Arts Medicine Association Annual Meeting, Snow Mass, CO., July 9- 12.
Mainwaring, L. (2015). Invited Workshop: Emotional Response to Concussion and Return to Activity Guidelines for Dancers and Performing Artists. Performing Arts Medicine Association, Snow Mass, CO., July 9- 12.
Mainwaring, L. (2015). Invited Presentation: Hot Topics: Psychological Perspective. In Hot Topics in our Field. Colloquium on
Mainwaring, L. (2013). Psychosocial Factors and
Mainwaring, L. (2012). Keynote Address: Effecting change with, within, without and through the culture of ballet: Psychological perspectives on why and how. Ballet Why and How? Stockholm Sweden,
Mainwaring, L. (2009)
Mainwaring, L. (2009). Psychological Recovery from Dance Injury. Keynote Address. Dance Psychology Conference. Sport and Exercise Science and Psychology Conference. University of Birmingham, May 2009.