About

Chris Balestrini

A disciple of endurance athletics, Chris began his sporting career with the Garneau-Quebecor Professional Cycling Team in 2009. After beginning university, Chris pivoted his athletic ambitions toward running, where he was an All-Canadian in Cross-Country for the Western Mustangs. Chris has also been an assistant coach for the Mustangs since 2017. Now completing simultaneous degrees in Medicine (MD) and Neurobiology (PhD), Chris combines his passion for endurance sport with a keen interest for physiology and human performance.

 

  • Hometown: London, Ontario, Canada

  • Birth Date: February 22, 1992

  • Education (Western University):

    • BSc. Kinesiology, Class of 2015

    • MSc. Clinical Anatomy, Class of 2017

    • MD/PhD, Medicine, Neurobiology, Class of 2024

Personal Bests

  • 5,000m: 14:19 (2018)

  • 10,000m: 29:22 (2019)

  • 1/2 Marathon: 1:05:30 (2019)

  • Marathon: 2:19:40 (2019)

Recent Selected Publications

  • Balestrini, C.S., Moir, M.E., Abbott, K.A., Klassen, S.A., Fischer, L., Fraser, D.D., Shoemaker, J.K. (2019). Characterization and dynamic patterns of autonomic dysregulation in adolescent concussion. Accepted: Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine.

     

  • Zamir, M., Moir, M.E., Klassen, S.A., Balestrini, C.S., Shoemaker, J.K. (2018). Cerebrovascular compliance within the rigid confines of the skull. Frontiers in Physiology. DOI: 10.3389/fphys.2018.00940

     

  • Moir, M.E., Balestrini, C.S., Abbott, K.A., Klassen, S.A., Fischer, L., Fraser, D.D., Shoemaker, J.K. (2018). Impaired dynamic cerebral autoregulation in adolescent concussion. In press: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. DOI: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000001695

     

  • Woehrle, E., Harriss, A.B., Abbott, K.C., Moir, M.E., Balestrini, C.S., Fischer, L.K., Fraser, D.D., Shoemaker, J.K. (2018). Concussion in adolescents impairs heart rate response to brief handgrip exercise. In press: Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine. DOI: 10.1097/JSM.0000000000000635

     

  • Harriss, A.B., Abbott, K.C., Humphreys, D., Daley, M., Moir, M.E., Woehrle, E., Balestrini, C.S.,

    Fischer, L.K., Fraser, D.D., Shoemaker, J.K. (2018). Concussion symptoms predictive of adolescent sport-related concussion injury. Accepted: Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine.