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). Her research is focused on the epidemiology of sport injuries and methodology used in sports injury research. Lauren is particularly interested in the long-term impact of injury on health and quality of life and her research is looking into how we can best collect, analyse and report data to understand this impact. She is also currently conducting investigations into injury in elite and community Australian sport including men's and women's Australian football, rugby union and rugby 7's, funded through the Australian Football League, the Australian Rugby Union and the Australian Institute of 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).

Recent publications include:

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. In press.

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].

Fortington LV, Finch CF. Priorities for injury prevention in women’s Australian football; a compilation of national data from different sources. BMJ Open Sport Exerc Med 2016;2:e000101. [Published online 06/07/2016 as doi:10.1136/bmjsem-2015-000101].

van Netten JJ, Francis A, Morphet A, Fortington LV, Postema K, Williams AE. Communication techniques for improved acceptance and adherence with therapeutic footwear. Prosthetics Orthotics International. 2016. In press. [Online First 08/06/2016 at doi:10.1177/0309364616650080].

Fortington LV, Donaldson A, Finch CF. Self-reported worst injuries in women’s Australian football identify lower limb injuries as a prevention priority. BMJ Open Sport Exerc Med 2016;2:e000112. [Published online 14/04/2016 as doi:10.1136/bmjsem-2016-000112].

van Netten JJ*, Fortington LV*, Hijmans JM, Hinchliffe R. Early postoperative mortality rates after lower limb amputation; a systematic review of population and regional based studies. European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery. [Published early online 14/11/2015 as doi:10.1016/j.ejvs.2015.10.001] *joint first authorship

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