Over $75,000 awarded to sports sciences research

Date:  May 31, 2023


The Canadian Chiropractic Research Foundation (CCRF) and the Foundation for the Royal College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences – Canada (FRCCSS-C) are pleased to announce awards exceeding $75,000 for four projects in their first cosponsored grant competition.

“Through this call we’ve been able to shine a spotlight on the valuable inroads being forged by this country’s dedicated sports chiropractic researchers,” notes Dr. Chad Kulak, CCRF chair. “For athletes, this is about improving performance and returning to play faster. For chiropractors, it’s about accessing a learning module for the treatment of concussion as well as a tool kit for general practitioners to help their athletic clients return to play.”

“It’s exciting to be on the leading edge of such tremendous change! Never before have sports chiropractic researchers had access to such significant grants to pursue their work,” says Dr. Eric Helson, THE FOUNDATION president.

Thanks to the generosity of visionary donors, CCRF issues semi-annual requests for proposals for Canadian-led research related to the chiropractic profession, while THE FOUNDATION supports sports chiropractic research and researchers through scholarship awards and other funding opportunities.

“Sports chiropractic is really one of the best kept secrets in our profession,” adds Dr. Richard McIlmoyle, CCRF’s Research Committee chair. “We’ve been impressed by the calibre of the submissions received and their applicability to both athletes and Canadians in general.”

“This most recent announcement brings CCRF’s total number of funded projects to 35 in the past three years, representing almost $1.3 million in grant awards,” concludes Dr. Kulak. “We’re honoured to play a role in this process by providing meaningful and consistent funding in partnership with THE FOUNDATION and our generous supporters. Please join us in congratulating these successful project teams.”

Title: Fast Stretch Shorten Cycle Regulation in ACL Injured and Non‐Injured Athletes
Lead: Nathan Boon‐van Mossel / University of Calgary

Title: Bringing the athlete’s voice to sports healthcare – investigating and prioritizing athlete expectations, values, and preferences for care.
Lead: Dr. Alex Lee/ Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC)

Title: Development and dissemination of a freely accessible, online evidence-based learning module on the assessment, diagnosis and management of sports concussion in adults and children
Lead: Dr. Scott Howitt/Ontario Technical University (OTU)

Title: What can chiropractors do to support athletic performance? A focused ethnographic qualitative study of sports chiropractic clinical encounters.
Lead: Dr. Alexander Lee/CMCC

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CCRF offers up to $200,000 for new chiropractic research

The Canadian Chiropractic Research Foundation (CCRF) has announced its Spring 2023 Request for Proposals (RFP) with up to $200,000 in new funding available for high-impact research projects.

“CCRF has been fostering excellence in musculoskeletal research for over 40 years by advancing the authoritative work of Canada’s chiropractic research community,” says CCRF Chair, Dr. Chad Kulak. “As we continue to evolve and advance, we’re inviting qualified researchers to submit proposals designed to improve the lives of Canadian with a continued focus on our four priority areas: health systems, population health, basic science and clinical science.”

“In the past we’ve invested in studies in an exciting range of areas such as rehabilitation, sports sciences, seniors, women’s health, indigenous health and prescription drug management” says Dr. Richard McIlmoyle, Chair, CCRF Research Committee. “These investments will continue, with a clear eye on fresh initiatives that will demonstrate our profession is committed to evidence-based research addressing social, economic and health issues.”

CCRF RFPs have been a successful source of funding for both early career and experienced researchers. Thanks to the creativity and discipline of past applicants, CCRF has been honoured to award almost $1,300,000 in grants to more than thirty deserving projects.

“It’s been a privilege help bring to life so many studies that reflect CCRF’s commitment to evidence, impact and outstanding value,” concludes Dr. Kulak. “Thanks to the generosity of our supporters from across Canada, we’re pleased to continue to provide significant funding opportunities and we look forward to announcing a series of new grants this fall.”

The CCRF’s Spring 2023 RFP closed in mid-May. Grants to be announced this fall.

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