I want to help athletes reduce their injuries

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  • 05/18/2017

  • UdeMNouvelles
Credit: Benoît Gougeon and Amélie Philibert

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For his doctorate, Sylvain Gaudet is studying how to help athletes cut down on injuries during training.

Fewer shoulder injuries + better training = more podium finishes. That's the equation I want to demonstrate in my Ph.D. in physical activity science. At some time in their career, most swimmers are reduced to inactivity due to the most common sports injury: inflammation of the rotator cuff tendons. These muscles are important for the stability of the shoulder, but get stressed by the thrust of the arms. If we can better understand why they become irritated, we can recommend appropriate exercises to strengthen them. This can lead to fewer injuries and higher performance. I tested a preventive approach that could be easy to implement in any gym. In my research protocol, I propose to examine 20 athletes and 20 non-athletic volunteers, men and women, under laboratory conditions. After my studies, I’d like to work with Olympic athletes.

Sylvain Gaudet

More on the study


Thesis directors

  • Jonathan Tremblay and Mickael Begon, of the Department of Kinesiology.


Publications

  • Gaudet, S., M. Begon and J. Tremblay. Correlations between the closed kinetic chain upper extremity stability test and shoulder isokinetic strength in elite synchronized swimmers. [Poster presented at the 40th annual conference of the National Strength and Conditioning Association, July 12-15, 2017, Las Vegas.]
  • Gaudet, S., J. Tremblay and M. Begon. “Validation of an evaluation protocol combining isokinetic strength testing, electromyography of the shoulder and of a novel statistical analysis method”, High Performance SIRCuit, Winter 2016, pp. 10-13.
  • Gaudet, S., et al. Effect of direction, speed, type of contraction and acute fatigue on the electromyographic activity of the shoulder girdle muscles during isokinetic shoulder rotations. [Poster presented at the SPort INnovation (SPIN) Summit, Nov. 16-18, 2016, Calgary.]
  • Gaudet, S., J. Tremblay and M. Begon. Validation of an evaluation protocol combining isokinetic strength testing, electromyography of the shoulder and of a novel statistical analysis method. [Poster and information presented at the SPort INnovation (SPIN) Summit, Oct. 16-28, 2015, Toronto.]


Awards and distinctions

  • Dr. Gord Sleivert Young Investigator Award, at the 2015 SPort INnovation (SPIN) conference.


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