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Michael Gaetz

Dr. Michael Gaetz


Faculty of Health Sciences, Kinesiology

Chilliwack campus at CEP, A3431

Phone: 604-504-7441 ext. 2220

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I have been actively engaged in research on concussion in sport for approximately 20 years. More recently, I have published theoretical work to explain the experiences of athletes following retirement from sport. This work is ongoing and will add to the literature on chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). My other current research interests are in quality of life in the elderly and the effects of weight cutting in combat sport. My clinical background is as a neurophysiologist working in the operating room using electrophysiologic procedures to monitor brain and spinal cord functioning during high risk surgeries. 


B.A., Psychology: Simon Fraser University
M.Sc., Kinesiology, Simon Fraser University
Ph.D., Kinesiology, Simon Fraser University
Post-doctoral Fellowship, Sports Medicine, University of British Columbia
Post-doctoral Fellowship, Psychiatry, University of British Columbia
American Board Registered Evoked Potential Technologist (R.EP.T)
Certificate in Intraoperative Neurophysiologic Monitoring (CNIM) 

Teaching Interests

Stress and Chronic Disease, Neurotrauma, Research Methods.

Research Interests

Sport concussion, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), the effects of weight cutting on health.     


Last 5 years

Soolaman, J., Gaetz, M.,  Brandenburg, J. (2017). The cognitive and physical effects of pre-competition rapid weight loss and gain in mixed martial arts athletes. Br J Sports Med, Volume 51, Issue Suppl 2, Pgs A4-A4.

Brandenburg, J., Gaetz, M. (2015) The effects of travel on sleep quantity and quality of elite junior ice hockey players. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 47, 5S, 963.

Gill, J., Iverson, G., Brandenburg, J., and Gaetz, M. (2015). Clinical Implications of Poor Test-Retest Reliability of the Sport Concussion Assessment Tool Third Edition (SCAT3). Presented at the First International Conference on Paediatric Acquired Brain Injury, Liverpool, UK September 16-18, 2015.

Gaetz, M., Tan, C.O., Iverson, G.L (2015). Effects of Exertional Testing on Symptoms in Collegiate Athletes: Implications for Concussion Management Programs. Annual Meeting of the Association of Academic Physiatrists, March 10 - March 14, 2015, San Antonio, Texas.

Keiver, K., Bertram, C.P., Pritchard Orr, A., Ipsiroglu, O., Khaleel, B., Gaetz, M., Reynolds, J.N. and Clarren, S.  (2013)  Sleep disturbances in children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).  Alcoholism: Clin. Exp. Res. 37 (Suppl S2): 104A.

Keiver, K.,  Gaetz, M., Bertram, C., Pritchard Orr, A., Mandryk, R., Khaleel, B., and Clarren S. (2014). Preliminary Effects of a Neurofeedback Program on Executive Function Measures in Children With  Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. Presented at the 37th Annual Research Society on Alcoholism Meeting, June 21-25, 2014 Bellvue, WA USA.

Canning, S., Blakeborough, D., & Gaetz, M. (2014). "Documenting New Relationships With Old Partners": The Benefits and Challenges of Knowledge Translation Through Documentary Film. 11th Annual Geriatric Services Conference, Vancouver, April.

Bishop, Scott, Rzempoluck, Edward & Gaetz, Michael (2013). Heart Rate Variability & Cardiac Regulation: Indexing Recovery Following Concussion in Adolescent Male Athletes. Annual Conference of the Brain Injury Association of Canada, Kingston Ontario, September 2013.

Mandryk, Regan L.,  Dielschneider, Shane, Kalyn, Michael R., Bertram, Christopher P., Gaetz, Michael , Doucette, Andre, Taylor, Brett A., Pritchard Orr, Alison & Keiver, Kathy (2013). Games as Neurofeedback Training for Kids with FASD. Interaction Design and Children’13, June 24–27, 2013, New York City, New York, USA.


Last 5 years

Conley, A.C., Cooper, P.S., Karayanidis, F. Gardner, A.J., Levi, C.R., Stanwell, P., Gaetz, M.B. & Iverson, G.L. (2018). Resting state electroencephalography and sport-related concussion: A systematic review. Journal of Neurotrauma, Epub ahead of print.

Canning, S.E., Gaetz, M., & Blakeborough, D. (2018). It takes time: Building relationships and understanding through an inter-generational ballet programme. Dementia, Dementia 0(0) 1–15. DOI: 10.1177/1471301218772895

Gaetz, M. (2017). The multi-factorial origins of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) symptomology in post-career athletes: The athlete post-career adjustment (AP-CA) model. Medical Hypothesis 102C, 130-143. DOI 10.1016/j.mehy.2017.03.023.

Anderson, G.S., Deluigi, F., Belli, G., Tentoni, C., & Gaetz, M. (2016). Training for improved neuro-muscular control of balance in middle aged females. Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies, 20, 10-18. 

Gaetz, M. & Janzen, K.J. (2014). Electrophysiologic assessment of sport concussion. R. Echemendia & G.L. Iverson (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Sport-related concussion, First Edition. New York: Oxford University Press.

Anderson, G.S., Gaetz, M., Holtzman, M., Twist, P. (2013). Comparison of EMG activity during stable and unstable push-up protocols. European Journal of Sport Science, January 2013; 13(1): 42-48.

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"(Research has) been a really sweet way to optimize my time at school. Looking back, I’m so grateful that I did this. It has truly been a highlight to work under Shelley (Canning). She has been a wonderful mentor and has impacted me and my nursing practice immensely."

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