Lifetime injury prevention: the sport profile model

Webborn, N. (2012) Lifetime injury prevention: the sport profile model British Journal of Sports Medicine, 46 . pp. 193-197. ISSN 1473-0480

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Official URL: http://bjsm.bmj.com/content/46/3/193

Abstract

Participation in sporting activities carries an injury risk. Conversely, the increased awareness that physical inactivity is a major risk factor for disease has led government agencies and the medical community to encourage increased levels of physical activity. Many people will achieve this through participation in sport. Injury inevitably leads to a reduction in participation on a temporary or permanent basis, but the injury experience may also influence the lifelong physical activity behaviour. Few studies adequately examine the possible long-term consequences of sport participation after the competitive period has been completed, but by understanding the patterns of injuries in different sports one test can develop strategies to prevent and better manage the conditions that occur and promote lifelong physical activity. There is a need to develop models of understanding of injury risk at different life phases and levels of participation in a specific sport. The risk assessment of sport participation has to be relevant to a particular sport, the level of participation, skill, age and potential future health consequences. This article describes a sport-specific model which will improve guidance for coaches and healthcare professionals. It poses questions for sports physicians, healthcare providers, educators and for governing bodies of sports to address in a systematic fashion. Additionally the governing body, as an employer, will need to meet the requirements for risk assessment for professional sport and its ethical responsibility to the athlete.

Item Type:Journal article
Uncontrolled Keywords:injury risk; long-term consequences of sport participation; risk assessment of sport participation; sport-specific model
Subjects:C000 Biological and Biomedical Sciences > C600 Sport and Exercise Science
B000 Health Professions > B100 Anatomy Physiology and Pathology
B000 Health Professions > B100 Anatomy Physiology and Pathology > B160 Biomechanics
B000 Health Professions > B100 Anatomy Physiology and Pathology > B190 Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology not elsewhere classified
B000 Health Professions > B100 Anatomy Physiology and Pathology > B120 Physiology
DOI (a stable link to the resource):10.1136/bjsports-2011-090417
Faculties:Faculty of Education and Sport > Chelsea School
ID Code:9644
Deposited By:Chelsea editor
Deposited On:09 Jan 2012 09:56
Last Modified:19 Apr 2012 16:35

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