|Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Community Medicine, Jewish General Hospital
Dr. Ian Shrier has been a practicing sport medicine physician for over 20 years. He has doctoral training in physiology and post-doctoral training in epidemiology. He is a past President of the Canadian Academy of Sport Medicine. He has over 150 peer-reviewed publications and twelve book chapters on topics related to the effects of exercise and sport medicine injuries, as well as methodological research papers about injury epidemiology, causal inferences, and meta-analyses. He is currently an editorial board member of four international sport medicine journals (Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine, British Journal of Sports Medicine, Journal for Science in Medicine and Sport, Scandinavian Journal of Medicine, and Science in Sports), and is a member of the Cochrane Collaboration Statistical Methods Group.
Major Research Activities
Dr. Shrier has two main areas of research: sport medicine and biostatistics/general epidemiology. In sport medicine research, he was the first author to suggest that stretching prior to exercise does not prevent injury (subsequently supported by a moderate body of research and expert opinions). More recently, he studied injury patterns and risk in Cirque du Soleil artists, return to activity criteria used by sport medicine health professionals when treating children and adolescents, the effects of exercise on the health of those with different diseases, and how best to stabilize the cervical spine in pre-hospital patients with suspected neck injuries.
With respect to biostatistics and general epidemiology, Dr. Shrier has recently published articles in the area of causal inference (understanding confounding, causal inference) and how to analyze recurrent event data (e.g. count data that is often obtained in injury epidemiology studies). In addition, he is currently investigating how clinicians and scientists synthesize and interpret information when presented with systematic reviews / meta-analyses. This work is essential to understanding how to present results to clinicians and policy makers so that the evidence is appropriately understood.
Hamilton G, Meeuwisse WM, Emery CA, Steele RJ, Shrier I. Past Injury as a risk factor: an illustrative example where appearances are deceiving. Am J Epid 2011; 173:941-948.
Shrier I, Hallé M. Psychological predictors of injuries in circus artists: an exploratory study. Br J Sports Med 2011;45:433-436.
Boissy P, Shrier I, Brière S, Mellette J, Fecteau L, Matheson GO, Garza D, Meeuwisse WH, Segal E, Boulay J, Steele RJ. Effectiveness of cervical spine stabilization techniques. Clin J Sport Med 21: 80-88, 2011.