Kati Pasanen (Can)

Dr. Kati Pasanen is an Assistant Professor in the Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre (SIPRC), Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary. The SIPRC is one of the International Research Centers for the Prevention of Injury and Protection of Athlete Health supported by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Dr. Pasanen is a physiotherapist, coach and epidemiologist. Her PhD in Injury Prevention (2009) is from the Medical School, Faculty of Medicine, University of Tampere, Finland. Before moving to Calgary in 2017 she worked as a Research and Development Manager at the Tampere Research Center of Sport Medicine, UKK Institute, Tampere, Finland, where she still holds a Visiting Professor appointment. Dr. Pasanen is the Principal Investigator for four ongoing study projects at the UKK Institute and she visits Finland a couple of times each year. She has led a prospective injury risk factor study (PROFITS-study) of the UKK Institute, which has thus far resulted in 3 PhD degrees, 9 MD degrees, 11 MSc degrees, and numerous publications since 2011. Dr. Pasanen has published more than 40 papers and several book chapters on sport injury prevention research. In 2017 she was given a Physiotherapist of the Year award by the Finnish Association of Physiotherapists. Her current research program at the University of Calgary is focused on three major areas: 1) identification of risk factors for lower extremity injuries, 2) development of novel methods for training load monitoring using wearable technology, and 3) development and evaluation of neuromuscular training programs to decrease the risk of lower extremity injuries in youth and adult sports. Her research covers all levels of sport injury prevention research including studies in primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention. Dr. Pasanen is a full member of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute and McCaig Institute for Bone and Joint Health at the University of Calgary. She is also a board member in the Finnish Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association, a coach developer in the Finnish Coaches Association, and a scientific committee member in the Finnish Sport Physiotherapists Association. Over twenty years she has served as a coach for adult and youth teams (ice-hockey, rinkball, floorball) in both national and international level. She has competed at top national level in ice-hockey, rinkball, floorball and showjumping. In Calgary, she plays ice-hockey in the team Kinesiology, competes in road-biking around Alberta and British Columbia, and lifts weights on a weekly basis at the University of Calgary Active Living Fitness Centre.