Sports Injury Research

Sports Injury Research

by Evert Verhagen, Willem van Mechelen
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0199561621

ISBN-13: 9780199561629

Pub. Date: 02/08/2010

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

With the increasing focus on tackling obesity and other lifestyle-related illnesses and conditions, participation in sports and physical activity is growing. The consequences are that injuries and unwanted side-effects of healthy activity are becoming major health problems. Prevention is crucial to health gain, both in the short-term (preventing immediate injury),

Overview

With the increasing focus on tackling obesity and other lifestyle-related illnesses and conditions, participation in sports and physical activity is growing. The consequences are that injuries and unwanted side-effects of healthy activity are becoming major health problems. Prevention is crucial to health gain, both in the short-term (preventing immediate injury), and in the longer term (reducing the risk of recurrence and prolonged periods of impairment). Prevention follows 4 main steps: 1) the sports injury problem must be described in incidence and severity, 2) the etiological risk factors and mechanisms underlying the occurrence of injury are identified, 3) preventive methods that are likely to work can be developed and introduced, and 4) the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of such measures are evaluated.

This book follows these four steps to provide a comprehensive guide to the epidemiology and methodology involved in sports injury research. It includes detailed background on epidemiological methods employed in research on sports injuries, discusses key methodological issues, and teaches the reader to recognize the influence of the employed methodology on interpretations of study results. Theoretical knowledge is integrated with practical examples throughout. The book will be of value to all researchers and professionals, both clinicians and epidemiologists, in the field of sports medicine.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199561629
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
02/08/2010
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Part 1: Key issues in epidemiology and methodology
1. Defining a research question
2. Study designs
3. Basic statistical methods
Part 2: Defining the injury problem
4. Injury definitions
5. Research designs for descriptive studies
6. Statistics used in descriptive studies
7. Reviews - using the literature to your advantage
Part 3: Establishing injury aetiology
8. The multi-causality of injury - current concepts
9. Investigating injury risk factors and mechanisms
10. Statistics in aetiological studies
Part 4: Development of preventive measures
11. The pragmatic approach
12. The behavioural approach
Part 5: Evaluating the efficacy and effectiveness of preventive measures
13. Research designs for evaluation studies
14. Statistics used in effect studies
15. Cost-effectiveness studies
16. Implementing studies into real life

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