Approximately 187 million euros per year. These are the societal costs of ankle sprains in the Netherlands. For this reason alone effective prevention is of great importance. The Strengthen your Ankle project - within the programme Sport of the Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw) - resulted in two accessible tools that support this important goal. For these results projectleader Evert Verhagen received a ZonMw Pearl on November 3, 2016 ... but this was a huge team effort!
Recently we hosted a number of students in a minor course, in which we introduced the broad field of Sports Medicine. During the course the students were given an assignment to create a mini documentary on a sport related health problem of their choice. Now we need your help in choosing which creation wins the award for the best 'sports medicine documentary' .. and this will be a tough choice while all entries are great!
Just today the latest 'trailer' on the EuroFit project got released. This video introduces the EuroFit FP7 project - an EU funded research project that seeks to improve men's health by leveraging their ambition to their football clubs.
Creating a safe sport environment is important for the Royal Dutch Hockey Association (KNHB), in partnership with the Dutch Consumer Safety Institute (VeiligheidNL) and Interpolis, created the Hockey Warming-up program. The available internship is part of the study on the effectiveness of this program in preventing hockey related injuries in children aged 10 – 17 years?
The South African Rugby Union launched the BokSmart nationwide injury prevention programme to reduce rugby- related catastrophic injuries. The aim of this qualitative study was to evaluate the coaches and referees’ perceptions of the implementation of the BokSmart programme.
On Wednesday September 7th, Kasper Janssen will defend his PhD thesis "Brace versus Balance Board", on the cost-effectiveness of preventive measures against secondary ankle ligament injuries. Prevention of ankle sprains could preserve health in people who participate in high-risk sports and in those who have suffered a previous ankle ligament injury.
When establishing the effectiveness of any injury prevention intervention, knowledge about which percentage of the studied population complied with the prescribed protocol is required. Especially in an intention-to-treat (ITT) approach, insights into the compliance to the intervention provides valuable and, arguably, necessary information to judge the efficacy and effectiveness of an intervention.
Mireille van Poppel is part of an IOC expert group with the task to review the literature on physical activity and exercise (1) during pregnancy and (2) after childbirth, using rigorous systematic review and search criteria. Recently their first guideline on exercise during pregnancy was published.
The ink on this one is still wet. Dirk Dessing and his SchoolZones team just published this study that aimed to increase our understanding of environmental correlates associated with route choice during active transportation to school (ATS). They compared characteristics of actual walking and cycling routes between home and school with the shortest possible route to school.
E-health has the potential to facilitate implementation of effective measures to prevent sports injuries. This article form the study of Miriam van Reijen evaluated whether an interactive mobile application containing a proven effective exercise programme to prevent recurrent ankle sprains resulted in higher compliance as compared with regular written exercise materials.
Met plezier kondigen we de feestelijke viering aan van de accreditatie van de Amsterdam Collaboration for Health and Safety in Sports (ACHSS) door het Internationale Olympische Comité (IOC). ACHSS is ontstaan vanuit een samenwerking tussen de afdelingen Sociale Geneeskunde van het VUmc en Orthopedie van het AMC, waarbij de preventie en behandeling van sportletsels bij Olympische atleten in breedste zin het uitgangspunt is. Onder treft u het programma van deze dag. Wat ons betreft een mooie mix van internationale, nationale en lokale verhalen over het bevorderen en beschermen van de gezondheid van atleten. Het doet ons genoegen om te kunnen delen dat professor Lars Engebretsen, hoofd van het IOC medisch onderzoek, ons deze middag zal vergezellen. Wij kijken er in ieder geval al reikhalzend naar uit en hopen deze middag samen met u een mooie officiële aftrap te kunnen geven van deze vruchtbare samenwerking tussen VUmc en AMC.
Patients with OA of the knee are progressively being restricted in their activities. Since a knee arthroplasty (KA) is a well accepted, cost-effective intervention to relieve pain, restore function and improve health-related quality of life, indications are expanding to younger and more active patients. However, evidence concerning return to sports (RTS) and physical activity (PA) after KA is sparse.The aim of this paper was to systematically summarise the available literature concerning the extent to which patients can RTS and be physically active after total (TKA) and unicondylar knee arthroplasty (UKA), as well as the time it takes.
On Friday the 8th of April, the Amsterdam Institute of Sport Science (AISS) will be teaming up with the TU Delft Sports Engineering Institute to organise the Science and Engineering Conference on Sports Innovations (SECSI). The aim of the conference is to bring together scientific research with respect to sport and sport innovation. Unlike the title suggests, the conference is not limited to Engineering, but deals with sports and innovations in the broadest sense.
Fifteen percent of the world’s population live with disability, and many of these individuals choose to play sport. There are barriers to sport participation for athletes with disability and sports injury can greatly impact on daily life, which makes sports injury prevention additionally important. The purpose of this review was to systematically review the definitions, methodologies and injury rates in disability sport, which should assist future identification of risk factors and development of injury prevention strategies.
Miriam van Reijen just got the second paper in her PhD out in Sports Medicine. This review sought to described how sport injury prevention studies vary in the way compliance with an intervention is defined, measured and adjusted for. The review was conducted in conjunction with our colleagues from the Australian Centre for Research into Injury in Sport and its Prevention (ACRISP).
This year at the ACSM we will offer you a novel approach to a colloquium for which we need your help to succeed. Through a colloquium we will present a so-called “flipped classroom”. Instead of providing you, the audience, with the answers and solutions to specific sports injury research methodologies, we want to learn which methodological sports injury research issues keep you busy.
Evidence on the detrimental health effects of prolonged sedentary behavior is accumulating. Interventions need to have a specific focus on sedentary behavior in order to generate clinically meaningful decreases in sedentary time. When evaluating such intervention, the question whether a participant improved or deteriorated their behavior is fundamental and instruments that are able to detect those changes are essential. Therefore, the aim of this study was to determine the criterion validity against activPAL and responsiveness to change of two activity monitors (ActiGraph and activPAL) and two questionnaires for the assessment of occupational sitting and standing time.
We just got word that our ACHSS team has been proposed and nominated for the VU University medical center Team Award 2015. Of course we hope to turn this nomination into this highly regarded price, yet the nomination in itself is already a great reward for the effort of the whole team! The winning team will be announced on January 4th .. so stay tuned for more.
On november 24th, Laura Viester will defend her thesis on worksite health promotion in the construction industry. This project was carried in a joint effort between our research group, the research group Work and Health of our department and TNO.
The purpose of this collaborative study with ErasmusMC in Rotterdam study was to describe the prevalence, incidence and risk factors for climbing-related injuries of the upper extremities in recreational climbers. In doing so this study is amongst the first to report on the injury spectrum in this fast growing sport.
Out of our newly established collaboration between VUmc and AMC, this recently published study explored the associations of severe musculoskeletal injuries (joint and muscles) and surgeries with symptoms of common mental disorders (distress, anxiety/ depression, sleeping disturbance, adverse alcohol behaviour, smoking, adverse nutrition behaviour) among male European professional footballers.
On the 17th of November Margo Mountjoy will defend the work outlined in her PhD thesis. The purpose of this thesis was to examine the role of FINA, as an International Sports Federation, in preserving the health and well-being of the elite athlete and the global community. This thesis outlines the steps taken by FINA to meet the obligation to protect the health of the aquatic athlete and to promote global health.
In order to implement running to promote physical activity, it is essential to quantify the extent to which running improves health. Therefore, the aim of this review was to summarise the literature on the effects of endurance running on biomedical indices of health in physically inactive adults.
It was a pleasure to work together with the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil on this study, which just got published in the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sports. This manuscript describes a cross-sectional study on the association between lower limb alignment, range of motion/flexibility and muscle strength with the presence of patellar tendon abnormalities in male athletes.
Gestational diabetes mellitus is associated with increased risk of adverse perinatal outcomes. Despite this relationship, ways to prevent gestational diabetes mellitus remain unproven. A recent multicenter pilot study, which was co-authored by Judith Jelsma and Mireille van Poppel from our group, compared the impact of three lifestyle interventions on gestational diabetes mellitus risk; healthy eating [HE], physical activity [PA], and both HE and PA [HE+PA].
This time a completely different type of manuscript. Evert Verhagen was involved with the birth of this methodological paper, which was was the product of a fruitful international collaboration. Physical activity is beneficial for many aspects of health but is associated with a risk of injury. Studies that assess causal risk factors of injury and reinjury provide valuable information to help develop and improve injury prevention programs. However, the underlying assumptions of analytical approaches often used to estimate causal factors in injury and subsequent injury research are often violated.
In a joint effort with the Dutch Lawn and Tennis Association and the Oslo Sports Trauma Research Center, we charted the injury risks in youth talented tennis players. The first paper that came out of this study has now been published in the Scandinavian Journal of Science and Medicine in Sports. Already at a young age these players already suffer a high amount of injuries that may hamper health, performance and development of their full potential as an elite player.
Joske Nauta defended her thesis on June 10th. In her thesis she describes a program to prevent fall related injuries in young children. Of course we are all proud of her! For those interested we have a summary of her work below, and if you wish to receive a copy of her thesis in pdf you mail contact her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The current focus on a physically active lifestyle in children puts children at increased physical activity-related injury risk. This review set out to summarise the evidence for the injury risk of several physical activity behaviours in 6- to 12-year-old children.
Rugby Union (“rugby”) is a popular sport with high injury risk. Burden of injury is described by the incidence and severity of injury. However reports have ignored the monetary cost of injuries. Therefore the aim of this study was to describe the monetary cost associated with youth rugby injuries. This descriptive study quantified medical treatments of injured players at the South African Rugby Union Youth tournaments in 2011/2012 and the days of work parents missed as a result of the injuries. A health insurer used these data to calculate associated costs.