Sports Injury Research

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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. Features
• Written by leaders in the field of sports injury research
• Combines theoretical knowledge with practical examples, to assist the reader in placing theoretical knowledge in the right perspective

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Randall W Dick, MS, FACSM (Health and Safety Sports Consultants, LLC)
Description: This is a comprehensive and high level venture into the world of methodology, study design, and statistical methods appropriate for sports injury research. Chapters are grouped into five main sections that highlight key issues and the four steps (defining the problem, establishing the etiology, developing an intervention, and evaluating the efficacy/effectiveness of the prevention) that define the sequence of injury prevention.
Purpose: The book is intended to provide a thorough epidemiological and methodological background for researchers and professionals in the field of sports medicine. These objectives are met in the breadth and detail of the information and the section organization reinforcing the injury prevention model. While much of the methodological information exists in various other resources, the value of this book is the consolidation of it all into one publication and the specific application to sports injury research.
Audience: The 16 chapters are authored by an all-star team of knowledgeable international experts primarily representing the U.S., Canada, the Netherlands, and Australia. This is not a beginner text. The authors tout it as a thorough methodological reference for researchers and professionals in sports medicine. With approximately 40 references per chapter, it easily meets that description.
Features: The material is fairly rigorous with chapters on study design and statistical methods in each of the five sections. Odds ratios and Kappa statistics share space with performing effective literature reviews and developing and evaluating injury prevention methods. The book is NOT a comprehensive or even cursory review of the literature on sports injuries. While many of the statistical analysis and study designs chapters are terse but pithy, the application to the specific nuances of sports injury research could be better emphasized. For example, there is a discussion of why bootstrapping is an option to use in sports injury data because of a lack of data independence. However, the discussion is imbedded in lengthy and visually monotonous text. I have no problem with the content, but I would have preferred a more prominent and consistent (across chapters) visual presentation of specific sports injury examples with an emphasis on why the specific methodology was appropriate for the highlighted example. Also lacking is a discussion of injury exposure and its value and challenges.
Assessment: This book is as described by the authors — a comprehensive contemporary text on methodology in sports injury research. There are relatively few recognized experts in this niche and most of them share their knowledge in this book. This is a valuable and unique resource, rich in content that should be the foundation for any researcher who has a serious interest in this topic.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199561629
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 2/8/2010
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Evert Verhagen is a senior researcher of the department of Public and Occupational Health at the VU University Medical Centre in Amsterdam. He completed his masters in Human Movement Sciences in 1999. As a former Track & Field athlete who had to cease participating at the elite level on the age of 17 due to an injury, he has a natural interest in sports and physical activity injury prevention. Evert received his PhD in 2004 after emphasising the preventive effect balance training has against ankle sprains. He gained his mark for his work on the prevention of ankle sprains, but also has a strong focus on safety and injury prevention in youth sports and physical activity, as well as the uptake of the interventions within a broad sporting population. He is a board certified occupational epidemiologist and human movement scientist. He is a member of a great number of (inter-)national committees and advisory boards, as well as a member of the editorial board of 3 international peer-reviewed journals. Prof Willem van Mechelen worked for 9 years at an Amsterdam high school as a PE teacher, combining this with studying medicine at the University of Amsterdam. After his certification as an MD in 1982 he started working at various out-patient clinics as a sports and occupational physician. He also started in that year his scientific career with a part-time appointment at the Faculty of Human Movement Sciences of the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. He earned his PhD in Human Movement Sciences in 1992. Currently, he is employed by the VU University Medical Centre in Amsterdam as a full professor of Occupational and Sports Medicine. In this capacity he is the head of the Department of Public and Occupational Health, co-director of the EMGO Institute, vice-dean of the Netherlands School of Public and Occupational Health and director of Research Centre Body@Work TNO VUmc. He leads a group of about 40 persons who conduct primary care research in the area of work, physical activity, sport and health.

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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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