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

Professor Caroline Finch

Phone: (03) 5327 6338
Email: c.finch@federation.edu.au,  execdean.gradstudies@federation.edu.au
Position: Executive Dean of Graduate Studies

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

Robert HT Smith Professor, NHMRC Principal Research Fellow

Professor Finch leads the Graduate School, whose role is to support Higher Degree by Research programs across the university and to develop and implement policies relating to Higher Degree by Research.

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.

Qualifications

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

Current Academic Appointments

  • 2016-present. Executive Dean of Graduate Studies, Federation University Australia.
  • 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

Peer Review Journals

  1. Bertelsen ML, Hulme A, Petersen J, Korsgaard B, Sorensen H, Finch CF, Parner ET, Nielsen RO. A framework for the etiology of running-related injuries. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports. In press. [Published online first 20/04/2017 as doi:10.1111/sms.12883].
  2. Casals M, Finch CF. Sports biostatistician: a critical member of all sports science and medicine teams for injury prevention. Injury Prevention. In press. [Published online first 30/12/2016 as doi:10.1136/injuryprev-2016-042211].
  3. 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. [First published online 19/01/2016 as 2016 doi:10.1136/injuryprev-2015-041737].
  4. 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. [Published online first 10/05/2016 as doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2015-095871 ].
  5. Finch CF, Bahr R, Drezner JA, Dvorak J, Engbretsen L, Hewett T, Junge A, Khan KM, MacAuley D, Matheson GO, McCrory P, Verhagen E. Towards the reduction of injury and illness in athletes: defining our research priorities. British Journal of Sports Medicine. 2016 [Published online first 21/12/2016 as doi:10.1136/bjsports-2016-097042].
  6. Finch CF, Brown JC, Readhead C, Lambert M, Viljoen W. (Editorial) Back to basics with some new tools: first ensure the safety of sporting environments. British Journal of Sports Medicine.. [Published online first 30/11/2016 as doi:10.1136/bjsports-2016-097043].
  7. Finch CF, Cook J, Kunstler BE, Akram M, Orchard J. Subsequent injuries are more common that injury recurrences. American Journal of Sports Medicine. 2017. In Press. [Published online first 09-03/2017 as doi:10.1177/0363546517691943].
  8. Finch CF. Injury data collection in lower leagues needs to be targeted specifically to those settings. Science and Medicine in Football. 2016. [Published online as doi:10.1080/24733938.2016.1256555].
  9. Fortington LV, Kucera K, Finch CF. Capturing sport-related fatalities in consensus statements for sports injury/illness surveillance. British Journal of Sports Medicine. 2017. In press. [Published online first 30/01/2017 as doi:10.1136/bjsports-2017-097488].
  10. Meeuwisse WH, Schneider KJ, Dvorak J, Omu O, Finch CF, Hayden KA, McCrory P. The Berlin 2016 process: a summary of methodology for the 5th International Consensus Conference on Concussion in Sport. In press. [Published online first 26/04/2017 as doi:10.1136/bjsports-2017-097569.]
  11. O’Brien J, Young W, Finch CF. The use and modification of individual FIFA 11+ exercises by professional youth soccer teams. Scandinavian Journal of Sport Science and Medicine. In press. [Published online as doi:10.1080/13607863.2016.1242116].
  12. 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].
  13. 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].
  14. Vriend I, van Mechelen W, Brugmans M, Finch CF, Verhagen EALM. Intervention strategies used in sport injury prevention studies: a systematic review identifying studies applying the Haddon matrix. Sports Medicine. In press. [Published online 16/03/2017 as doi: 10.1007/s40279-017-0718-y].
  15. Wong Shee A, Clapperton A, Finch CF. Impact of hospital-treated sports injuries in a large regional centre. Australian Journal of Rural Health. 2017;25(2):125-127. [Published first online 17/04/2016 as doi:10.1111/ajr.12274].
  16. Finch CF. (Editorial) Whose research agenda is it? Reconciling the views of researchers and sports stakeholders. British Journal of Sports Medicine. 2017;51(1):3-4. [Published online first as doi:10.1136/bjsports-2016-097140].
  17. Finch CF. Injury data collection in lower leagues needs to be targeted specifically to those settings. Science & Medicine in Football. 2017;1:89-90. [First published online 25/11/2016 as doi: 10.1080/24733938.2016.1256555].
  18. Goode N, Salmon PM, Taylor NZ, Lenne MG, Finch CF. Developing a contributing factor classification scheme for Rasmussen’s AcciMap: Reliability and validity evaluation. Applied Ergonomics. 2017;64:14-26. [Published 08/05/2017 as doi:10.1016/j.apergo.2017.04.014].
  19. Hulme A,Nielsen OR, Timpka T, Verhagen E, Finch CF. Risk and protective factors for middle- and long-distance running related injury. Sports Medicine. 2017;47(5):869-886. [Published first online 27/10/2016 as doi:10.1007/s40279-016-0636-4].
  20. Gray S, Sekendiz B, Norton K, Finch C. A comprehensive observational audit tool for use in Australian fitness facilities. Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science. 2017;18(4):306-317. [Published 09/05/2017 as doi:10.1080/1463922X.2016.1265692].
  21. Hulme A, Salmon PM, Nielsen RO, Read GJM, Finch CF. Closing Pandora’s Box: adapting a systems ergonomics methodology for better understanding the ecological complexity underpinning the development and prevention of running-related injury. Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science. 2017. [First published online 06/03/2017 as doi:10.1080/1463922X.2016.1274455].
  22. O’Brien J, Finch CF. Injury prevention exercise programs for professional soccer: understanding the perceptions of the end users. Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine. 2017;27:1-9. [doi:10.1097/JSM.0000000000000291].
  23. O’Brien J, Young W, Finch CF. The delivery of injury prevention exercise programmes in professional youth soccer: Comparison to the FIFA 11+. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. 2017;20:26-31. [First published online 01/06/2016 as doi.org/10.1016/j.jsams.2016.05.007].
  24. 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. 2017;59:637-648. [doi:10.1016/j.apergo.2015.07.017].
  25. Shaw L, Orchard J, Saw R, Finch CF. Injury surveillance in the professional football codes: an overview of current data collection, injury definition and reporting practices. Minerva Ortopedica E Traumatologica. 2017;68(2):110-123. [Published first online 16/03/2017 as doi:10.23736/S0394-3410.17.03815-2].
  26. 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.]
  27. 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 doi.org/10.1123/japa.2014-0143].
  28. Donaldson A, Lloyd D, Gabbe B, Cook J, Young W, White P, Finch CF. Scientific evidence is just the starting point: a generalizable process for developing sports injury prevention interventions. Journal of Sport and Health Science. 2016;5(3):334-341. [doi:10.1016/j.jshs.2016.08.003].
  29. 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. 2016;50:1306-1308. [Published first online 10/05/2016 as doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2015-095871].
  30. 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].
  31. 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].
  32. 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].
  33. 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. 2016;22:386-391. [doi: 10.1136/injuryprev-2015-041922].
  34. 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].
  35. Finch CF, Talpey S, Bradshaw A, Soligard T, Engbretsen L. Research priorities of international sporting federations and the IOC research centres. BMJ Open Sport and Exercise Medicine. 2016;2:e000168. [doi:10.1136/bmjsem-2016-000168].
  36. 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].
  37. 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].
  38. 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].
  39. 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].
  40. Fortington LV, Finch CF. Death in community Australian football: a ten year national insurance claims report. PLoS ONE 2016;11(7):e0159008.[Published online 28/07/2016 as doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0159008].
  41. 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].
  42. Gray S, 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. 2016;5(1);29-38.
  43. 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. 2016; 17(5-6):483-506. [First published online 10/05/2016 as doi: 10.1080/1463922X.2016.1154230].
  44. 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].
  45. Hulme A, Finch CF. The epistemic basis of distance running injury research: A historical perspective. Journal of Sport and Health Science. 2016;5(2):172-175. [doi:10.1016/j.jshs.2016.01.023].
  46. 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].
  47. 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. 2016;24(12):3955-3961. [Published Online First 03/07/2015 as doi: 10.1007/s00167-015-3679-4].
  48. 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].
  49. 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.
  50. 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].
  51. 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].
  52. 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].
  53. Orchard J, Ranson C, Olivier B, Gray J, Langley B, Akshai M, Moore I, Murphy I, Patricios J, Alwar T, Clark C, Harrop B, Khan H, Kountouris A, Macphail M, Mount S, Mupotaringa A, Newman D, O’Relly K, Peirce N, Saleem S, Shackel D, Stretch R, Finch CF. International consensus statement on injury surveillance in cricket: 2016 update. British Journal of Sports Medicine. 2016;50:1245-1251. [doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2016-096125].
  54. 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. 2016;5(1);24-28.
  55. Singh H, Fortington LV, Thompson H, Finch CF. An overview of geospatial methods used in unintentional epidemiology. Injury Epidemiology. 2016;3:32. [doi: 10.1186/s40621-016-0097-0].
  56. Talpey S, Mustafa A, Croucher T, Finch CF. Sport-specific factors predicting player retention in junior cricket. European Journal of Sport Science. 2016;17(3):264-270. [Published online as doi:10.1080/17461391.2016.1225822].
  57. von Reijen M, Virend I, Van Mechelen W, Finch CF, Verhagen E. Compliance in sport injury prevention studies: a systematic review. Sports Medicine. 2016;46:1125-1139. [doi: 10.1007/s40279-016-0470-8].
  58. 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].
  59. White PE, Donaldson A, Sullivan SJ, Newton J, Finch CF. Australian Football League concussion guidelines: what do community players think? BMJOpen Sport and Exercise Medicine. 2016;2:e000169. [Published first online as doi:10.1136/bmjsem-2016-000169].

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