Dr. Patrick Bishop, Professor Emeritus, University of Waterloo and impact biomechanics expert was named the first winner of the Dr. Tom Pashby Sports Safety Award. This new annual award honours “outstanding contributions towards the prevention of catastrophic injuries in sports and recreational activities”. Typically these are injuries to the eyes, spine or brain. The Award comes with a $10,000 prize and will reside in Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame.This annual award honours a Canadian for his/her significant contribution towards the prevention of catastrophic injuries in sport or recreational activities.
Impact biomechanics applies the laws of physics to the ways that the human body reacts to impact or stress loading. Pat Bishop’s research in this field has been used in establishing Canadian and international standards for sports equipment like helmets in hockey and cycling, and eye protection in hockey, squash and racquetball just to name a few.
Bishop has also served on the Canadian Standards Association and the International Standards Organization, sitting on volunteer committees to set standards for sports protective equipment. And he has coached amateur hockey for 25 years.
The Pashby Award Advisory Committee, Therese Brisson, Murray Costello, Ken Dryden, Richard Garneau, Russ Jackson, Kerrin Lee-Gartner and Brian Williams, reviewed the nominations and unanimously recommended Dr Patrick Bishop for the 2004 Award.
More information about Dr. Bishop, his research, and opinions on sport safety.