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

Professor Caroline Finch

Phone: (03) 5327 6338
Position: Robert HT Smith Professor, NHMRC Principal Research Fellow, Director, The Australian Collaboration for Research into Injury in Sport and its Prevention (ACRISP)

ACRISP is one of only 9 research centres worldwide to be recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as a Research Centre for the Prevention of Injury and Protection of Athlete Health. Caroline has been ranked as one of the 10 most highly published injury researchers of all time and in the top three most influential sports medicine researchers internationally.

Her research has been funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council, Australian Research Council, VicHealth, IOC, the US and Canadian National Institutes of Health, Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing and from peak sports bodies including the International Rugby Board, Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), Australian Football League (AFL) and Cricket Australia, to name a few. She contributes to the editorial boards of the British Journal of Sports Medicine, Injury Prevention, Journal of Science & Medicine in Sport, Injury Epidemiology, International Journal of Injury Control & Safety Promotion and Sports Medicine.

Caroline is strongly committed towards ensuring that her injury prevention research has a very real impact on the policy and practice setting in which she works. Her research has been adopted and directly used to inform safety policy by Government Departments of Sport and Health, health promotion and injury prevention agencies, and peak sports bodies.


  • PhD (Biostatistics/Epidemiology), 1994, Monash University.
  • MSc (Biostatistics), 1985, La Trobe University.
  • BSc (First class Honours), Monash University, 1983.

Current Academic Appointments

  • 2013-present. Robert HT Smith Personal Chair in Sport Safety, Federation University Australia (formerly University of Ballarat). (Research areas: sports injury epidemiology, sports injury prevention, injury epidemiology).
  • 2010-2012. Director, Australian Centre for Research into Injury in Sport and its Prevention (ACRISP), Monash University.
  • 2013-2016. Honorary Professor, Monash Injury Research Institute (MIRI), Monash University.
  • 2004-2018. National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Principal Research Fellow (PRF).

International Awards

  • 2015. Injury Control and Emergency Health Services (ICEHS) Awards. American Public Health Association. International Distinguished Career Award: To recognize an individual, for outstanding dedication and leadership in injury/violence prevention and control and emergency health services internationally with contributions and achievements that have a significant and long term impact on the field.

Recent Publications


In Press

  1. Donaldson A, Lloyd D, Gabbe B, Cook J, Finch CF. We have the programme, what next? Planning the implementation of an injury prevention programme. Injury Prevention. In press. Accepted 28/11/2015.
  2. Drew M, Cook J, Finch CF. Sports-related workload and injury risk: Simply knowing the risks will not prevent injuries. British Journal of Sports Medicine. In press. Accepted 19/04/2016.
  3. Finch CF, Donaldson A, Gabbe BG, Muhammed A, Wong Shee A, Lloyd DG, Cook JL. The evolution of multi-agency partnerships for safety over the course of research engagement – experiences from the NoGAPS project. Injury Prevention. In press. [Published online first 25/03/2016 as as doi: 10.1136/injuryprev-2015-041922].
  4. Goode N, Salmon PM, Taylor NZ, Lenne MG, Finch CF. Lost in translation: the validity of a systemic analysis method embedded in an incident reporting software tool. Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science. In press. [Published online 10/05/2016 as doi: 10.1080/1463922X.2016.1154230].
  5. Hulme A, Finch CF. The epistemic basis of distance running injury research: A historical perspective. Journal of Sport and Health Science. In press. [Corrected proof available online 11/03/2016 as doi: 10.1016/j.jshs.2016.01.023].
  6. Kemp JL, Makdissi M, Schache AG, Finch CF, Pritchard MG, Crossley KM. Is quality of life following hip arthroscopy in patients with chondrolabral pathology associated with hip muscle strength or joint range? Knee Surgery Sports Traumatology and Arthroscopy. In press. [Published Online First 03/07/2015 as doi: 10.1007/s00167-015-3679-4].
  7. O’Brien J, Finch CF. Injury prevention exercise programs for professional soccer: understanding the perceptions of the end users. Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine. In press. [Post author corrections published online 19/01/2016 as doi: 10.1097/JSM.0000000000000291].
  8. Robins LM, Hill KD, Day L, Clemson L, Clemson C, Finch CF, Haines T. Older adult perceptions of participation in group- and home-based falls prevention exercise. Journal of Ageing and Physical Activity. In press. [First published online 03/11/2015 as doi:10.1123/japa.2015-0133].
  9. Salmon PM, Goode N, Taylor N, Lenne M, Dallat C, Finch CF. Rasmussen’s legacy in the great outdoors: a new incident reporting and learning system for led outdoor activities. Applied Ergonomics. In press. [Corrected proof available online 17/02/2016 as doi:10.1016/j.apergo.2015.07.017].
  10. von Reijen M, Virend I, Van Mechelen W, Finch CF,Verhagen E. Compliance in sport injury prevention studies: a systematic review. Sports Medicine. In press. [Published Online First 15/02/2016 as doi:10.1007/s40279-016-0470-8].
  11. Wong Shee A, Clapperton A, Finch CF. Impact of hospital-treated sports injuries in a large regional centre. Australian Journal of Rural Health. In press. [Published first online 17/04/2016 as doi10.1111/ajr.12274].


  1. Bekker S, Finch CF. Too much information? A document analysis of sport safety resources from key organisations. BMJ Open. 2016;6:e010877. [Published online 06/05/2016 as doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2015-010877.]
  2. Day L, Trotter M, Donaldson A, Hill K, Finch CF. Key factors influencing implementation of falls prevention exercise programs in the community. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity. 2016;24(1):45-52. [First published online 16/03/2015 as].
  3. Drew M, Finch CF. The relationship between training load and injury, illness and soreness: a systematic and literature review. Sports Medicine. 2016;46(6):861-883. [Published online first 01/02/2016 as doi:10.1007/s40279-015-0459-8].
  4. Donaldson, A, Newton J, McCrory P, White P, Davis G, Makdissi M, Finch CF. Translating guidelines for the diagnosis and management of sport-related concussion into practice. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine. 2016;10(2):120-135. [Published online 19/06/2014 as doi:10.1177/1559827614538751].
  5. Ekegren CL, Gabbe B, Finch CF. Sports injury surveillance systems: A review of methods and data quality. Sports injury surveillance systems: A review of methods and data quality. Sports Medicine. 2016;46(1):49-65. [First published online 30/09/2015 as doi: 10.1007/s40279-015-0410-z].
  6. Finch CF, Marshall SW. Let us stop throwing out the baby with the bathwater: Towards better analysis of longitudinal injury data. British Journal of Sports Medicine. 2016;50(12):712-715. [Published online First 21/09/2015 as doi:10.1136/bjsports-2015-094719].
  7. Finch CF, Twomey D, Fortington L, Doyle T, Muhammad A, Ellliot B, Lloyd D. Preventing Australian football injuries with a targeted neuromuscular control exercise program: comparative injury rates from a training intervention delivered in a clustered randomised controlled trial. Injury Prevention. 2016;22:123-128. [First published Online first 23/09/2015 as doi:10.1136/injuryprev-2015-041667].
  8. Fortington L, Ullah S, Diamantopoulou K, Berry J, Buttifant D, Finch CF. Shorter time to first injury in first year professional football players: A cross-club comparison in the Australian Football League. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. 2016;19:18-23 [doi: 10.1016/j.jsams.2014.12.008].
  9. 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 and Exercise Medicine. 2016.2;e000112. [Published online 14/04/2016 as doi:10.1136/bmjsem-2016-000112].
  10. 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].
  11. Gray SE, Finch CF. Assessing the completeness of coded and narrative data from the Victorian Emergency Minimum Dataset using injuries sustained during fitness activities as a case study. BioMed Central Emergency Medicine. 2016;16:24. [doi:10.1186/s12873-016-0091-4].
  12. Haines T, Hill KD, Clemson L, Finch CF, Day L. Does action follow intention with participation in home and group-based falls prevention exercise programs? An exploratory, prospective, observational study. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics. 2016;64:151-161. [First published online 08/02/2016 Doi:10.1016/j.archger.2016.02.003].
  13. Janssen K, Van der Zwaad, Finch CF, Van Mechelen W, Verhagen E. Interventions preventing ankle sprains; previous injury and high-risk sport participation potential predictors of compliance. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. 2016;19:465-469. [First published online 15/06/2015 as doi:10.1016/j.jsams.2015.06.005].
  14. Kemp JL, Newton JD, White PE, Finch CF. Implementation of concussion guidelines in community Australian Football and Rugby League – the experiences and challenges faced by coaches and sports trainers. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. 2016;19:305-310. [First published online 20/04/2015 as doi:10.1016/j.jsams.2015.03.010].
  15. McPhate L, Simek EM, Hill KD, Finch CF, Haines TP. “Are your clients having fun?” The implications of respondents’ preferences for the delivery of group exercise programs for falls prevention. Journal of Ageing and Physical Activity. 2016;24:129-138 doi:10.1123/japa.2014-0168.
  16. O’Brien J, Donaldson A, Finch CF. It will take more than an existing exercise programme to prevent injury. British Journal of Sports Medicine. 2016;50:264-265. [Published first online 09/07/2015 as doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2015-094841].
  17. O’Brien J, Finch CF. Injury prevention exercise programs in professional youth soccer: understanding the perceptions of program deliverers. BMJ Open Sports and Exercise Medicine. 2016;2:e000075. [Published online 4/01/2016 as doi:10.1136/bmjsem-2015-000075].
  18. Petrass LA, Twomey DM, Finch CF. Ensuring safe play environments: a risk assessment process for assessing the condition of natural turf playing surfaces before sports activity. Journal of Applied Sport Management. 2016;8(2);83-98. [doi:10.18666/JASM-2016-V8-I2-6510].
  19. White PE, Donaldson A, Finch CF. But can someone like me do it too? The importance of role modelling for safety behaviours. British Journal of Sports Medicine. 2016;50(10):569-570. [First published BJSM Online First 14/10/2015 as doi:10.1136/bjsports-2015-095105].
  20. Akram M, Finch CF. Time series modelling for sports injury data. Australasian Epidemiologist. 2015;22(1):29-31.
  21. Petrass L, Twomey D, Finch C. Ensuring Natural Grass Sports Fields are Safe for Athlete participation. Journal of Applied Sport Management. 2016;8(2);83-98. [doi:10.18666/JASM-2016-V8-I2-6510].
  22. Sekendiz B, Gray SE, Norton K, Keyzer P, Dietrick J, Eickhoff-Shemek JM, Finch CF. Safety alert for treadmills in Health and Fitness facilities in Australia: Results from a pilot study of an observational audit tool. Journal of Fitness Research. 2015;5(1);24-28.
  23. Donaldson A, Cook J Gabbe B, Lloyd D Young W, Finch CF. Bridging the gap between content and context: establishing expert consensus on an exercise training program to prevent lower limb injuries. Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine. 2015;25(3):221-229. [First published online 09/07/2014 as doi:10.1097/JSM.000 000 000 000 0124].
  24. Donnelly CJ, Elliott BC, Doyle TLA, Finch CF, Dempsey AR, Lloyd DG. Changes in muscle activation following balance and technique training and a season of Australian football. Journal of Science and Medicine In Sport. 2015;18(3):346-352. [First published online 14/05/2014 as doi:10.1016/j.jsams.2014.04.012].
  25. 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. 2015;18(6):651-655. [doi: 10.1016/j.jsams.2014.11.390].
  26. Ekegren CL, Gabbe BJ, Finch CF. Injury surveillance in community sport: can we obtain valid data from sports trainers? Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sport. 2015;25(3):315-322 [Corrected proof published online 21/03/2014 as doi:10.1111/sms.12216].
  27. Ekegren CL, Gabbe BJ, Finch CF. Medical-attention injuries in community Australian Football: A review of 30 years of surveillance data from treatment sources. Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine. 2015;25(2):162-172.
  28. Emery CA, Roos EM, Verhagen E, Finch CF, Bennell KL, Story B, Spindler K, Kemp J, Lohmander LS. OARSI Clinical Trials Recommendations: Design and conduct of clinical trials for primary prevention of osteoarthritis by joint injury prevention in sport and recreation. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage. 2015;23:815-825.
  29. Finch CF. Behind every active and sporting population, there is an epidemiologist. (Editorial) Australasian Epidemiologist. 2015;22(1):3-4.
  30. Finch CF. Re: Health benefits of hosting major international events. (Letter to Editor). Canadian Medical Association Journal. Published online 21/12/2015.
  31. Finch CF, Cook J, Gabbe BJ, Orchard J. A new way of categorising recurrent, repeat and multiple sports injuries for injury incidence studies– the subsequent injury categorisation (SIC) model. Australasian Epidemiologist. 2015;22(1):3-4.
  32. 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;23(7):1138-1143. [First published online 04.03.2015 as doi:10.1016/j.joca.2015.02.165].
  33. Finch CF, Stephan K, Wong Shee A, Hill K, Haines TP, Clemson L, Day L. Identifying clusters of falls-related hospital admissions to inform population targets for prioritising falls prevention programmes. Injury Prevention. 2015;21:254-259. [First Published IP Online First 24/01/2015 as doi:10.1136/injuryprev-2014-041351].
  34. Fortington L, Donaldson A, Lathlean T, Young W, Gabbe B, Lloyd D, Finch CF. When “just doing it” is not enough—the development of an observational tool to assess quality of exercise performance by participants in neuromuscular injury prevention programs. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. 2015;18(3):272-277. [First published online 18/06/2014 as doi:10.1016/j.jsams.2014.05.001].
  35. Fortington LV, Twomey DM, Finch CF. Concussion in community Australian football – epidemiological monitoring of the causes and immediate impact on play. Injury Epidemiology. 2015;2:20. doi:10.1186/s40621-015-0052-5.
  36. Goode N, Salmon PM, Lenne MG, Finch CF. Looking beyond people, equipment and environment: Is a systems theory model of accident causation required to understand injuries and near misses during outdoor activities? Procedia Manufacturing. 2015;3:1125-1131.
  37. Goode N, Salmon P, Lenne MG, Taylor NZ, Finch C. The UPLOADS project: development of an Australian national incident dataset for led outdoor activities. Wilderness and Environmental Medicine. 2015;26:575-577. [doi:10.1016/j.wem.2015.04.006].
  38. Gray S, Finch CF. Biomechanical epidemiology: A novel approach for fitness activity injury prevention. Australasian Epidemiologist. 2015;22(1):26-28.
  39. Gray S, Keyzer P, Norton K, Dietrich J, Sekendiz B, Coyle I, Finch CF. Epidemiology of hospital-treated injuries sustained by fitness participnts. Research Quarterly of Exercise and Sport. 2015;4(2):26-3386:81-87. [First version published online 14/11/2014 as doi:10.1080/02701367.2014.975177].
  40. Gray S, Keyzer P, Norton K, Dietrich J, Sekendiz B, Coyle I, Finch CF. The role of equipment, the physical environment and training practices in customer safety within fitness facilities: the perspectives of fitness industry employees. Journal of Fitness Research. 2015;4(2):26-33.
  41. Gray SE, Finch CF. The causes of injuries sustained at fitness facilities presenting to Victorian emergency departments – identifying the main culprits. Injury Epidemiology. 2015;2:6. [Published online 13/04/2015 as doi:10.1186/s40621-015-0037-4].
  42. Gray SE, Sekendiz B, Norton K, Dietrich J, Keyzer P, Coyle IR, Finch CF. The development and application of an observational audit tool for use in Australian fitness facilities. Journal of Fitness Research. 2015;5(1):29-38.
  43. Hulme A, Finch CF. From monocausality to systems thinking: a complementary and alternative conceptual approach for better understanding the development and prevention of sports injury. Injury Epidemiology. 2015;2:31. [doi:10.1186/s40621-015-0064-1].
  44. Lee A D-C, Day L, Finch CF, Hill K, Clemson L, McDermott F, Haines TP. Investigation of older adults’ participation in exercise following completion of a state-wide survey targeting evidence-based falls prevention strategies. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity. 2015;23:256-263.
  45. Simek E, McPhate L, Hill K, Finch CF, Day L,Haines T,. What are the characteristics of home exercise programs that older adults prefer?:A cross-sectional study. American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. 2015;94(7):508-521. [First published online 24/03/2015 as doi: 10.1097/PHM.0000000000000275].
  46. Singh H, Fortington LV, Eime RM, Thompson H, Finch CF. Spatial epidemiology: A new approach for understanding and preventing sport injuries. Australasian Epidemiologist. 2015;22(1):32-34.
  47. Talpey S, Siesmaa E, White P, Finch CF. Weekly training and competitive load of community level junior cricket players. Journal of Postgraduate Medicine Education and Research. 2015;49(4):164-167. [doi:10.5005/jp-journals-10028-1169].
  48. Timpka T, Jacobssen J, Ekberg J, Finch CF, Bichenbach J, Edouard P, Bargoria V, Branco P, Alonso JM. Meta-narrative analysis of sports injury reporting practice based on the Injury Definitions Concept Framework (IDCF): a review of consensus statements and epidemiological studies in athletics (track and field). Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. 2015;18(6):643-650. [doi:10.1016/j.jsams.2014.11.393].
  49. Twomey DM, Doyle TLA, Lloyd DG, Elliot BC, Finch CF. Challenges when implementing an evidence-based exercise injury prevention training program in community-level sport: A case study. Journal of Applied Case Studies in Sport and Exercise Science. 2015;1:29-39.
  50. Verhagen E, Bolling C, Finch CF. Caution this drug may cause serious harm! Why we must report adverse effects of physical activity promotion. (Editorial). British Journal of Sports Medicine. 2015;49:1-2.
  51. WongShee A, Clapperton A, Finch CF. Rural vs. metro: geographical differences in sports injury healthcare burden in Victoria. Medical Journal of Australia. 2015. 203(7):288-288e.1. doi:10.5694/mja15.00585

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