As part of a group of 5 countries, the International Olympic Committee awards INS Québec status as a Research Centre for the Prevention of Injury and the Protection of Athlete Health

Montreal, December 19, 2018 — In recognition of its scientific, clinical and educational expertise in the field of exercise and sports medicine, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has awarded the Francophone research network on the protection of athlete health and performance of which INS Québec is a member, with the status of Research Centre for the Prevention of Injury and the Protection of Athlete Health.

INS Québec will hold this prestigious recognition for the 2019–2022 period. The network, made up of institutes from Belgium, France, Luxembourg and Switzerland, will join ten other research institutes around the world that already hold this status.

By supporting established institutions who have proven their expertise, the IOC is providing a unique opportunity to collaborate and to implement high-quality national programs recognized by the ten other research institutes.

“Gaining this status for Quebec is a major recognition of the level of francophone expertise on an international scale,” says Suzanne Leclerc, Director of the INS Québec sports medicine service. “It will help promote the Institut by providing opportunities to share our research findings with stakeholders in the Olympic and sports communities. These results can be converted into concrete actions to protect the health of athletes,” she concludes.

The ten research institutes that hold IOC status are:

·        Australian Centre for Research into Injury in Sport and its Prevention, Federation University Australia, Australia;

·        Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre, University of Calgary, Canada;

·        Institute of Sports Medicine, Copenhagen University Hospital, Denmark;

·        Yonsei University, Republic of Korea (South Korea);

·        Amsterdam Collaboration on Health & Safety in Sports, VU University and Academic Medical Centre, Netherlands;

·        Oslo Sports Trauma Research Centre, Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, Norway;

·        Aspetar Research and Education Department, Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Hospital, Qatar;

·        Clinical Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Group, University of Cape Town, South Africa;

·        London’s Institute for Sports, Exercise and Health (ISEH) and National Centre for Sports Exercise and Medicine (NCSEM), United Kingdom;

·        United States Coalition for the Prevention of Illness and Injury in Sport, the University of Utah, the Steadman Philippon Research Institute and the United States Olympic Committee’s (USOC) Sports Medicine Division.

INS Québec’s nomination within the Francophone research network on the protection of athlete health and performance was backed by the Canadian Olympic committee, the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur and Sport Canada.


About the Institut national du sport du Québec |

L’INS Québec is recognized as a key performance partner for high-performance sport in Quebec and Canada. With its network of eight regional multi-sport training centres, 17 single-sport training centres and its Complex at Olympic Park, which is home to ten high-performance training groups, INS Québec offers sports medicine, sports science and personal development services to more than 500 high-performance athletes, 2,220 next-generation athletes and the 900 coaches that mentor them. INS Québec receives support from the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur, Sport Canada, Own the Podium, the Canadian Olympic Committee, the Canadian Olympic Foundation, the Canadian Paralympic Committee and the Coaching Association of Canada, in addition to private partners such as CISCO, Bell, Mondo, Teknion | Roy & Breton, Côté Fleury, Inaxsys, B2dix and Sports Experts.

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Evelyne Déry

Communications Coordinator

Institut national du sport du Québec

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