Australian Collaboration for Research into Injury in Sport and its Prevention (ACRISP)

Dr Lauren Fortington

Dr Lauren Fortington is a senior research fellow at the Australian Collaboration for Research into Injury in Sport and its Prevention (ACRISP), focused on injury epidemiology and injury prevention.

Lauren’s research looks at how to collect, analyse and report injury data in different sports settings to best understand the impact and prevention of injuries. She is currently conducting investigations into injury in elite and community Australian sport including Australian football, rugby union and rugby sevens. She is also leading studies of safety in community sports organisations, aimed towards prevention and best management of serious and fatal events in sport.

Dr Fortington originally qualified as an orthotist/prosthetist and worked clinically with people who had a range of physical injuries and disability across all stages of care - prevention, acute management, rehabilitation and return to participation. She is a member of the Australasian Epidemiological Association (AEA), International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO), Sports Medicine Australia (SMA), and the Australian Injury Prevention Network (AIPN).

In 2016, Lauren was awarded the inaugural Vice Chancellors Award for Excellence – Early Career Researcher.

Recent publications include:

Fortington LV, Kucera K, Finch CF. Capturing sport-related fatalities in consensus statements for sports injury/illness surveillance. BJSM. 2017. In press. http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bjsports-2017-097488

Singh H, Fortington LV, Thompson H, Finch CF. An overview of geospatial methods used in unintentional injury epidemiology. Injury Epidemiology. 2016. Injury Epidemiology. Available at 10.1186/s40621-016-0097-0

Fortington LV, van der Worp H, van den Akker-Scheek I, Finch CF. Reporting multiple individual injuries in studies of team ball sports: a systematic review of current practice. Sports Medicine (2016). doi:10.1007/s40279-016-0637-3

Fortington LV, Finch CF. Death in Community Australian Football: A Ten Year National Insurance Claims Report. PLoS ONE 11(7): e0159008. [doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0159008].

Ph +61 3 5327 8710

Email: l.fortington@federation.edu.au

Twitter: @LFortington