Dr. Constance Lebrun

Do you hold any positions outside the clinic?

Professor for the department of Family Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, adjunct professor for the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation, and adjunct professor for the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, all at the University of Alberta.

What is your clinical speciality?

I specialize in primary care sport and exercise medicine, and care of musculoskeletal and medical issues in active individuals. I have a special interest in health considerations of active females and return-to-play issues, such as concussion in sport. In 2008, I won a Founders' Award from the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) in recognition of service exemplifying "The Best in Sports Medicine". In 2010, I won a Citation Award from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).

What did you study and where?

I studied Zoology and French Literature for a BSc from the University of Manitoba from 1972-1976 (I was at UBC from 1974-1976). I got an MDCM from McGill University in 1981 and an MPE (Exercise Physiology) from UBC from 1985-1992.

Do you have any specific research interests & publications?

Current Research
  • Physician survey on knowledge-based and clinical practice patterns of sport concussion
  • Baseline concussion assessment in varsity athletes: A comparison between techniques and identification of possible risk factors using SCAT2 and ImPACT
  • The use of a pre-season questionnaire and baseline neurocognitive testing to help predict subsequent risk for concussion in collegiate athletes
  • Dynamic imaging of the knee (MRI and biplane fluoroscopy) in patients with patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) and control subjects
  • Assessment of knee joint stability in patients with anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) deficiency
  • Resilience enhancement in military troops (with Dr. Ibolja Cernak, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine)
  • Effects of immobilization vs. non-immobilization following rotator cuff repair; collaborator, Shoulder and Upper Extremity Research Group of Edmonton (SURGE) - 2009-present
Recent Publications
Thornton J, Lewis J, Lebrun CM, Licksai, CJ. Clinical characteristics of women with menstrual-linked asthma. Respiratory Medicine 2012; 106(9): 1236-1243.

Lebrun, CM. Chapter: Chest Trauma: Thoracic injuries and Conditions. Sports Medicine: Study Guide and Review for the Boards. Eds. M. Harrast and J. Finnoff. Demos Medical Publishing. New York, New York; 2012. pp. 339-48

Lebrun, CM. Chapters edited and rewritten: Shoulder (Chapter 9, pp. 323-349); Exercise-induced bronchospasm (Chapter 14, pp. 300-309); Dermatology (Chapter 18, pp. 455-501). Oxford Handbook of Sports Medicine, 2e Edition. Ed. M. Hawkes. Oxford University Press: Oxford UK; 2012.

Lebrun, CM, Mrazik M, Prasad AS et al. Sport concussion knowledge base, clinic practises and needs for continuing medical education: a survey of family physicians and cross-border comparison. British Journal of Sports Medicine 2013; 47:54-59.

Mrazik M, Naidu D, Lebrun CM, Game A, Matthews-White J. Does fitness level impact report of concussion symptoms in college athletes? Journal of Athletic Training. 2013 (accepted 2012 - in press for 2013)

Lebrun CM, Constantini N, Joyce S. Chapter 16: Effects of Female Reproductive Hormones on Sports Performance. In Endocrinology of Physical Activity and Sport, 2nd Edition. Eds. N Constantini & A Hackney. Springer US: Philadelphia, PA. 2013 (in press)

Do you work specific days/hours?

Monday mornings and Wednesdays

Are you affiliated with any teams?

I was physician for the Eastern Training Centre Canadian Rowing Team in London, ON from 1995-2007. I was Medical Director for Canada Snowboard from 2007 to 2011 and Chief Doctor for Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.

I was a member of the Canadian Medical Team for four Summer Olympics and two Winter Olympics: Vancouver 2010, Beijing 2008 (Assistant Chief Medical Office), Torino 2006, Athens 2004, Sydney 2000, and Atlanta 1996. My other major games experience includes the Pan-American Games (1987, 1991, 2003), World Student Games (1989, 1999) and Francophone Games (1994). I am a former member of the Canadian Women's Volleyball Team and I competed in the World Student Games (1973, 1977), the 1975 Pan-American Games, and the 1976 Montreal Olympics.