The main focus of SASSI at McGill University is to create top quality research of elite sports, conducted in a world class facility. Adopting a multidisciplinary research approach, SASSI aspires to be better understand the performance, training and psychology of elite athletes. SASSI will bring together Sport Science disciplines of physiology, psychology neurostimulation and locomotion, biomechanics, nutrition, and health interventions. The institute will also seek collaborations with other McGill University departments such as mechanical engineering, medicine or occupational therapy.

SASSI will operate based on three key pillars:

Three Pillars of the Sylvan Adams Sport Science Institute


  • Scientific knowledge and innovation for elite sport training, performance and overall human health
  • World-class researchers in a variety of sports science disciplines
  • Collaboration with an extensive network of researchers throughout McGill University and international institutions


  • Based in the heart of SASSI, allows for the training of students to become the future of sport research
  • Creation of new academic programs focused on high performance sport
  • Travel, funding, and mentorship opportunities for students
  • PhD student co-supervisions with international institutions

Knowledge Translation and Outreach

  • Dissemination of research outcomes through international symposia and workshops
  • Social impact through direct relationships with community organizations and international sports associations
  • Translation of laboratory-based research to the field
  • Collaboration with coaching and support staff to discover ideal evidence-based approaches and best practices

Sassi Staff in a Meeting

Our Team

The SASSI research team is made up of experts in a variety of disciplines throughout McGill University. This network of professionals works together to create a holistic view of sport science.

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The foundation of SASSI McGill is sport research. We are committed to working with coaches, athletes and staff to better understand the science behind sport and to improve human performance. 

Students in the Tassone Lab Classroom


SASSI plans to host a number of events including symposia, lecture series, and roundtable discussions with other sport experts. Event announcements, conference schedules, presenter bios, participant registration forms, and further information will be housed on our Events page. Check back for event news!

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Student Opportunities 

Education is at the core of the Sylvan Adams Sports Science Institute's mission. Students are given a variety of opportunities to advance their sport science education including speaking engagements, fellowships, and research mentorship.

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