University of Calgary researchers want to reduce sports injuries in young Albertans by 20 percent within six years.

The research initiative is called the Alberta Program in Youth Sport and Recreational Injury Prevention.

It’s estimated 35 per cent of Alberta children and teenagers will be hurt while they are playing a sport. 

The research will focus on sports such as hockey, skiing, and snowboarding.  It will also introduce injury prevention training in junior high school Phys. Ed. Classes.

One of the researcher, Dr. Carolyn Emery at the Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Calgary has conducted previous research showing injury prevention programs do help reduce injuries in athletes.

Her work also provided evidence that lead towards a national ban on body checking in Pee Wee hockey.