Sports injury epidemiology
The ACRISP epidemiology team are data driven researchers who use epidemiological and biostatistical methods for investigation of population health issues relating to injury. We conduct research that seeks to understand the types of injuries that occur in active populations, to whom they occur and how they occur. This understanding of injury rates and injury risks provides the basis for prioritisation of prevention measures and public health understanding of the burden of injury.We collaborate with researchers in Australia and worldwide, as well as sporting bodies and public health agents.
- Gray SG, and Finch CF. The causes of injuries sustained at fitness facilities presenting to Victorian emergency departments - identifying the main culprits. Injury Epidemiology. 2015. 2:6
- Finch CF, Kemp JL, Clapperton A. The incidence and burden of hospital-treated sports-related injury in people aged 15+ years in Victoria, Australia, 2004-2010: A future epidemic of osteoarthritis? Osteoarthritis and Cartilage. 2015. 1:6
- Ekegren CL, Gabbe BJ, Donaldson A, Cook J, Lloyd D, Finch CF. Injuries in community-level Australian football: Results from a club-based injury surveillance system. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. In press.
Examples of our projects are listed below, with links to further information provided.
Preventing Australian Football Injuries through Exercise (PAFIX)
The Preventing Australian Football Injuries through eXercise (PAFIX) project was a large scale study designed to understand and prevent knee injuries in community Australian football. The PAFIX study involved following 18 community-level Australian football clubs in Western Australia and Victoria through an entire season. PAFIX included highly detailed epidemiological components for injury surveillance and monitoring of training/game exposures.
More information is available at https://pafixproject.wordpress.com/injury-surveillance/
The FootyWISE project was undertaken in 2014 in partnership with the Australian Football League (AFL). The project aimed to gain a first ever understanding of injuries in women who play Australian football to inform future injury surveillance efforts and targeted training/coaching needs.
More information is available at https://footywise.wordpress.com/
The UPLOADS project
The UPLOADS Project (Understanding and preventing injury in the led outdoor activity domain) is a theory driven approach to injury surveillance and prevention. Prof Caroline Finch is a Chief Investigator on this ARC Linkage Project. The aim of the project is to develop trial and validate an incident reporting and learning system for the Australian led outdoor activity industry. The project is led by A/Prof Paul Salmon from the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC), and includes research partners from USC, Monash University and Federation University Australia. Industry partners are the Australian Camps Association, Department of Planning and Community Development Victoria, Outdoor Council of Australia, Outdoor Education Australia, The Outdoor Education group, Victorian Outdoor Education Association, and YMCA Victoria.
For further information please visit The Uploads Project website.