Using Research and Innovation to Enhance Performance

Montreal, October 24, 2018 — Institut national du sport du Québec (INS Québec) has undertaken an ambitious research, innovation and outreach program. Thanks primarily to the financial support of the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur, the Institut’s Sport Sciences Service is now able to enhance its scientific activities in order to provide high-performance athletes, coaches and members of the integrated support teams with the best services possible while preparing for the Olympics and Paralympics.


With increased importance being placed on cutting-edge fields such as data science and virtual reality, INS Québec—in collaboration with Integrated Supported Teams—identifies the most promising research and innovation topics. With the common goal being to help high-performance training groups improve their performance, the ongoing work involves all aspects of sports science.


For example, the Institut will soon make available a smart phone application that gives athletes real-time practical advice so that they are less affected by the negative impacts of travelling, such as time change. As the first application of its kind geared toward high-performance athletes, this leading-edge technology—developed at the Institut—will also be useful for coaches and other members of Canadian teams’ training staff.


As an other example, the Institut also gave an Université de Montréal biomechanics laboratory a mandate to develop a virtual reality environment that is both interactive and immersive to identify ways of improving acrobatics in mid-air.


Of all Canadian sports institutes, INS Québec has the most paralympic sports: boccia, wheelchair rugby, para-swimming, para-cycling and wheelchair fencing. Furthermore, the Institut seeks to participate in the development of cutting-edge equipment with which paralympic athletes can train and compete.


“We seek to be the nexus for research and innovation in high-performance sports in Quebec,” explains Guy Thibault, director of the Sports Sciences Service. “We are convinced that it is each country’s forward thinking in cutting-edge fields such as artificial intelligence and virtual reality that will make the difference in the sports arena,” he continues. »


To realize its activities, INS Québec relies, especially, on the guidance of its Research and Innovation Committee (RIC), made up of 19 experts from academia and the private sector. These experts advise INS Québec staff on both major strategic orientations and potential projects. The Institut also benefits from their network of specialists.


The members of the RIC are:

Mme Christiane Barette, MEDTEQ Mme Marielle Ledoux, Université de Montréal
M. Mickaël Begon, Université de Montréal M. Stéphane Perreault, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières
M. Louis Bherer, Institut de cardiologie de Montréal M. Bernard Petiot, Cirque du Soleil
Mme Theresa Bianco, Université Concordia M. Denis Rancourt, Université de Sherbrooke
M. François Billaut, Université Laval M. Pierre Sercia, Université du Québec à Montréal
Mme Geneviève Dutil, LX Sim Dr Ian Shrier, Université McGill
M. Jean-Philippe Gagnon, Innovitech M. Jonathan Tremblay, Université de Montréal
M. Éric Goulet, Université de Sherbrooke M. Maxime Trempe, Université Bishop’s
M. Jeff Haince, SOVAR M. Pierre Trudel, Université d’Ottawa
Pierre Harvey, EKOGEN


About Institut national du sport du Québec |

Institut national du sport du Québec is a “Catalyst of dreams—one athlete at a time” and acts as a key performance partner for high-performance sports 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

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