Banff Sport Medicine Research Group
To establish an innovative environment that supports and facilitates leading-edge bone and joint research in a community setting. Banff Sport Medicine Research Group, in collaboration with research partners and organizations, will enhance clinical care, patient education and the overall quality of life for people with bone and joint disease by designing, researching and implementing evidence-based medicine.
Research Team Members
We are a team of clinician scientists actively conducting clinical research within the Banff Sport Medicine Clinic:
- Laurie Hiemstra - Laurie obtained her Medical Degree from the Memorial University of Newfoundland, completed an Orthopaedic residency at the University of Manitoba and a Clinical Fellowship in Orthopaedic Sport Medicine at the University of Western Ontario. She completed a PhD. in Muscle Physiology in 2003. Laurie worked as an Orthopaedic Surgeon at the University of Calgary Sport Medicine Centre from 2001 – 2005 and is currently practicing at the Banff Sport Medicine Clinic in Banff, Alberta. Laurie holds a Clinical Lecturer appointment at the University of Calgary. Laurie’s research interests include: ACL Reconstruction: surgical techniques, biomechanics and functional outcomes; Patella Instability: diagnostic accuracy, surgical techniques, rehabilitation strategies, functional results and outcome measurement; and, Neuromuscular Control following Injury: knee and shoulder isovelocity and isometric strength testing using isokinetic dynamometry.
- Mark Heard - Mark received his Medical Degree from the University of Calgary, completed an Orthopaedic residency at the University of Ottawa and a Clinical Fellowship in Knee Reconstruction and Sport Medicine with Dr. D. Johnson at Carleton University. Since 1992, Mark has worked as an Orthopaedic Surgeon in Banff, Alberta and is currently the consulting physician for the Canadian Freestyle Team, Canadian Alpine Ski Team, Canadian Mountain Guides Association, and Alberta Motor-Cross. Mark’s areas of research interest include: ACL Reconstruction: comparison of outcomes from the double versus single bundle surgical approach and indicators of return to sport readiness; PCL Reconstruction and PL Instability: surgical techniques and functional outcomes; Live Articular Cartilage Transplantation: outcomes in isolated osteochondral defects; and Shoulder Stabilization: presentation and effect of bony defects on surgical selection and outcomes.
- Greg Buchko - Greg received his Medical Degree from the University of Saskatchewan, completed an Orthopaedic residency at the University of Ottawa and a Clinical Fellowship in Arthroscopic Surgery and Sport Medicine with Dr. D. Johnson at Carleton University in Ottawa. Since 1995 Greg has worked as an Orthopaedic Surgeon in Banff, Alberta. Greg’s areas of research interest include: ACL Reconstruction: factors that influence surgical outcomes and assessment for return to sport; PCL Reconstruction: surgical techniques and functional outcomes; Meniscal repair: predictors of surgical success; and Shoulder Instability: surgical treatment and functional outcomes.
- Sarah Kerslake – Sarah received her Physiotherapy Honors Degree from the University of Queensland, completing a research thesis comparing clinical outcomes of stretching techniques. Sarah has been involved in coordinating and supporting the research projects of rehabilitation therapists working in direct patient-care and leading research on improving standards of care and patient education. Sarah also works as a sessional lecturer for the Faculty of Rehabilitation at the University of Alberta. Sarah’s areas of research interest include, ACL reconstruction: functional outcomes and indicators of return to work/sport readiness; Shoulder stabilization pre and post operative strength and function; Bariatric Rehabilitation; and Patient-care Delivery: how to optimize service and outcomes.
Recent Research Presentations
Validity and Initial Reliability of the Banff Patellar Instability Instrument (BPII) - A Quality of Life Outcome Measure for Patellar Instability
Laurie A Hiemstra MD, PhD, FRCSC, Mark Lafave PhD, Sarah Kerslake PT, Mark Heard MD, FRCSC , Greg Buchko MD, FRCSC, and Nicholas Mohtadi MD, MSc, FRCSC.
15th ESSKA Congress, Geneva, Switzerland 2012
Validity and Reliability of a New Classification for Subjects with Patellar Instability - WARPS and STAID
Laurie A Hiemstra MD, PhD, FRCSC, Mark Lafave PhD, Sarah Kerslake PT, Mark Heard MD, FRCSC, and Greg Buchko MD, FRCSC.
15th ESSKA Congress, Geneva, Switzerland 2012
Reliability comparison of the KOOS and Short-form KOOS in a 5 - 10 year Post-operative High Tibial Osteotomy Cohort
Mark Heard MD, FRCSC, Meagan Heard, Laurie A Hiemstra MD, PhD, FRCSC, Greg Buchko MD, FRCSC, and Sarah Kerslake PT.
67th COA Annual Meeting, Ottawa 2012
Pain Scores and Medication Use in Patients undergoing Single-bundle vs Double-bundle ACL Reconstruction
Mark Heard, MD, FRCSC, Simon Macdonald, BHSc (Hons), Laurie A Hiemstra, MD, PhD, FRCSC, Greg Buchko, MD, FRCSC, and Sarah Kerslake, PT.
67th COA Annual Meeting, Ottawa 2012
Post-operative Pain and Function in Patients Having a Knee Arthroscopy with Viscosupplementation or Placebo Injection at the Time of Surgery: A Pilot Study
Laurie A Hiemstra, MD, PhD, FRCSC, Sarah Kerslake PT, Mark Heard, MD, FRCSC and Gregory L Buchko, MD, FRCSC.
CASEM Annual Scientific Meeting, Kelowna 2012
- Outstanding Research Award for Excellence in Sports Medicine Research - American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, Rendevous II Meeting (2008). “The Effect of Knee Immobilization on Postoperative Pain Following an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Reconstruction: A Randomized Clinical Trial”.
- Outstanding Research Award – Canadian Academy of Sport Medicine Annual Meeting (2008). “The Efffect of Knee Immobilization on Postoperative Pain Following an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Reconstruction: A Randomized Clinical Trial”.
Current Research Projects
- Assessing Success After Hamstring Autograft and Allograft Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: Failure Rates, Functional Testing and Quality of Life Outcomes
- Validation of a Functional Testing Battery for Return to Sport in ACL and MPFL Reconstruction Patients
- Reliability Assessment, Factor Analysis and Item Reduction of the Banff Patellar Instability Instrument (BPII)
- Tunnel Placement in Medial Patellofemoral Ligament (MPFL) Reconstruction: location, determinants and outcomes
- Validity and Reliability of the Anterior Cruciate Ligament Quality of Life Questionnaire (ACL-QOL) following ACL Reconstruction
- Efficacy of, and Patient Satisfaction with, Video-delivered surgical procedure information as an adjunct to Informed Consent discussions for Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction
- Efficacy of Video-delivered Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction Rehabilitation Protocols for Patients
- Hiemstra LA, Heard SM, Sasyniuk TM, Buchko GL, Reed JG, Monteleone BJ. Knee immobilization for pain control after a hamstring tendon anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction: a randomized clinical trial. Am J Sports Med. 2009 Jan;37(1):56-64. Epub 2008 Sep 18.
- Hiemstra LA, Sasyniuk TM, Mohtadi NGH and Fick GH. Shoulder Strength After Open Versus Arthroscopic Stabilization. Am J Sports Med. 2008; 36; 861 originally published online Mar 4, 2008
- Brandenburg MA, Butterwick DJ, Hiemstra LA, Nebergall R, Laird J. A comparison of injury rates in organized sports, with special emphasis on American bull riding. International SportMed Journal, 8(2):78-86, 2007.
- Hiemstra LA, DJ Butterwick, R Walker. Latissimus Dorsi Tendon Ruptures in Rodeo Athletes. Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine. Jul;17(4):316-8, 2007.
- Hiemstra LA, Webber S, MacDonald PB, Kriellaars DJ Contralateral limb strength deficits after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction using a hamstring tendon graft. Clinical Biomechanics. Jun;22(5):543-50,2007. Epub 2007 Mar 27.
- Butterwick DJ, Hiemstra LA, Lafave MR, and Carlyle KJ. Short-term management of biceps-tendon rupture during competition in bull riders. Athletic Therapy Today. 11(11):59-61, 2006.
- Nigg BM, Emery C, Hiemstra LA. Unstable shoe construction and reduction of pain in osteoarthritis patients. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. Oct; 38(10):1701-8, 2006.
- Sheps DM, Reed JG, Hildebrand KA, Hiemstra LA. Supracondylar Femur Fracture after Endoscopic Anterior Cruciate Reconstruction Using and EndoButton. Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine Sep;16(5):428-9, 2006
- Hiemstra LA, Veale K, Sasyniuk TM. Knee Immobilization in the Immediate Postoperative Period Following ACL Reconstruction: A Survey of Practice Patterns of Canadian Orthopaedic Surgeons. Clin J Sport Med. 16(3):199-202. 2006
- Butterwick DJ, Brandenburg MA, Andrews DM, Brett K, Bugg BH, Carlyle, KJ, Freeman TR 3rd, Hiemstra L, Lafave M, Laird J, Lun V, Meyers MC, Miller C, Mohtadi N, Nebergall R, Temes RT, Teochi LF, Wiley P, Meeuwisse W; Concussion in Rodeo Group:. “Agreement Statement From the 1st International Rodeo Research and Clinical Care Conference: Calgary, Alberta, Canada (July 7-9, 2004)”. Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine. 15(3):192-195, 2005.
- Hiemstra LA, Gofton WT, Kriellaars DJ. “Hip Strength Following Hamstring Tendon Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction”. Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine. 15(3):180-182, 2005.
- Hiemstra LA, Webber S, MacDonald PB, Kriellaars DJ “Hamstring and Quadriceps Strength Balance in Normal and Hamstring ACL Reconstructed Subjects” Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine. 14(5):274-280, September 2004.
- Reed J, Hiemstra LA. Anterior Compartment Syndrome Following an Achilles Tendon Repair: An Unusual Complication. Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine. 14(4):237-241, July 2004.
- Hiemstra LA, MacDonald, PB, Froese W. “Subacromial Infection Following Corticosteroid Injection” Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, Jan-Feb, 2003.
- Hiemstra LA, Kirkley A. “Shoulder Instability in Female Athletes” Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy Review 2002;10:50-57.
- Hiemstra LA, Lo IKY, Fowler PJ. “Effect of Fatigue on Knee Proprioception: Implications for Dynamic Stabilization.” Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy. 31(10), 598-605. 2001.
- Hiemstra LA, Webber S, MacDonald PB, Kriellaars DJ. “Graft Site Dependent Knee Strength Deficits after Patellar Tendon and Hamstring Tendon ACL Reconstruction” Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 32(8): 1472-1479, 2000.
- Buchko GM, Johnson DH. Arthroscopy assisted operative management of tibial plateau fractures. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 1996 Nov;(332):29-36.
For any questions regarding our research program please contact Sarah Kerslake, Research Director at 403 760 2897 ext 6, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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