Sports Injury Research

Paperback | January 9, 2010

EditorEvert Verhagen, Willem van Mechelen

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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 iscrucial 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 etiologicalrisk 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 readerto 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 sportsmedicine.

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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 iscrucial to health gain, both in the short-term (p...

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 and Field athlete who had to cease participating at the elite level on the age of 17 due to an injury, he has a natur...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.07 inPublished:January 9, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199561621

ISBN - 13:9780199561629

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Part 1: Key issues in epidemiology and methodology1. Defining a research question2. Study designs3. Basic statistical methodsPart 2: Defining the injury problem4. Injury definitions5. Research designs for descriptive studies6. Statistics used in descriptive studies7. Reviews - using the literature to your advantagePart 3: Establishing injury aetiology8. The multi-causality of injury - current concepts9. Investigating injury risk factors and mechanisms10. Statistics in aetiological studiesPart 4: Development of preventive measures11. The pragmatic approach12. The behavioural approachPart 5: Evaluating the efficacy and effectiveness of preventive measures13. Research designs for evaluation studies14. Statistics used in effect studies15. Cost-effectiveness studies16. Implementing studies into real life