Stephen West
PhD, Postdoc injury prevention

Introduction

Over the past 5 years, Dr. West’s research has focused on injury prevention and injury epidemiology in Professional Rugby Union in the UK.

Rugby is one of the most popular team sports globally, however it also demonstrates a high risk of injury and concussion across all levels of the sport.

Working with the governing bodies of the sport in the UK, he has led the day-to-day management of the Professional Rugby Injury Surveillance Project and produced annual epidemiological reports on the risk of injury in the professional game. During this time, he also completed his Ph.D. focusing on training load as a risk factor for injury as well as examining risk factors such as age, position, previous injury, previous concussion, and match exposure.

He recently arrived at the University of Calgary as part of the Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre where his research focuses on primary prevention of injury in youth rugby. These prevention strategies include a neuromuscular training warm up program, video analysis to identify high risk events during match play and tackle training interventions.

Dr. West recently researched and published on:

  • How training load is used in elite sport for athlete management
  • Training load in relation to injury burden in Professional Rugby Union
  • Patterns of training volume and injury risk in elite rugby
  • Athlete monitoring and ways to possibly determine workload in sports.