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Dalhousie researchers study the healing power of sport: Dr. Celina Shirazipour and Dr. Alice Aiken present groundbreaking research at CIMVHR Conference

Posted by Media Centre on September 26, 2017 in News

The 2017 Invictus Games are being held this week in Toronto, and will see more than 550 ill, injured, and wounded service members participate in 12 adaptive sports. These games use the power of sport to inspire, support, and rehabilitate, and two researchers at Dalhousie are hoping to learn more about the scale of its impact.

Dr. Celina Shirazipour, a post-doctoral scholar in the Faculty of Health, and Dr. Alice Aiken, Vice President Research for Dalhousie University, are investigating the psychosocial impact of adaptive sport on military personnel and families. Forty competitors from seven different participating nations were interviewed who had a wide range of illnesses and injuries including PTSD, depression, tramatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, amputation, nerve damage, cancer, Muliple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s Disease. This is the first time a study of this magnitude has ever been completed.

Yesterday, Drs. Shirazipour and Aiken were able to present the initial findings of their research at the 8th annual Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR) Conference. In attendance at the event this year was His Royal Highness, Prince Harry, who provided opening remarks.

Drs. Shirazipour and Aiken are available to provide perspective on their participation in this incredibly important conference, and the comprehensive study of competitive sport events they developed specifically for service members and veterans.

Michèle Charlton
Communications Advisor
Dalhousie Research Services, Dalhousie University
Tel: 1-902-494-4148
Cell: 1-902-222-2817


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