Implementation science to reduce the prevalence and burden of MSK disorders following sport and exercise-related injury

We got the opportunity to contribute with our thoughts on implementation in a special edition of Best Practice & Research Clinical Rheumatology. Although safety in sports and physical activity is an important prerequisite for continuing participation and maintenance of a healthy, physically active lifestyle, to date little effort has been placed upon moving evidence into preventive practice. Amongst researchers it is still often assumed that a program will disseminate itself after proven to be effective. Recently, however, there has been an increased recognition of the importance of theory-driven approaches to enhance implementation research. This manuscript aims to provide guidance for sports and physical activity injury researchers and practitioners to perform implementation research and practice.

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Athletes, coaches and physiotherapists share their perspectives on injury prevention in elite sports

Hot off the press comes this publication by our own Caroline Bolling. Proud to say her qualitative work has created waves and found its way to the British Journal of Sports Medici e. This particular study explored how sports injury prevention takes place in elite sport practice and to describe the perspectives of athletes, coaches and physiotherapists regarding the most critical factors that help prevent injury in the elite sports context.

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650k€ awarded for project to reduce injuries in recreational disabled athletes

650k€ awarded for project to reduce injuries in recreational disabled athletes

Sports participation and a physically active lifestyle have been advocated for its health and social benefits and increased quality of life, both in able-bodied individuals and those with physical disabilities. Although sports participation lags behind in the latter group, it has increased over the past years. Sports injuries do pose problems for all athletes and impact society, but often go hand-in-hand with additional problems in individuals with a disability as injuries can impose upon an already restricted lifestyle. With the relevance of studies on injury surveillance and epidemiology for preventive efforts widely acknowledged, there is a limited number of these studies in disability sports. Injury prevention is relevant to enable long-time sports participation and continuation of activities of daily living.

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Every second retired elite female football player has MRI evidence of knee osteoarthritis before the age of 50 years

This latest article to which we contributed, assessed knee health in retired female football players, using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and self-report. The focus of analysis were degenerative changes of the tibiofemoral joint, and their relationship to osteoarthritis symptoms and previous knee injury. Serious degenerative changes were found in a high number of former elite female football players knees as soon as 10years after their professional career with a significant impact on their QOL.

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A systematic literature review of choice architecture interventions to increase physical activity and decrease sedentary behavior

Our own Lorraine Landais got the opportunity to present parts of her PhD project at the last ISBNPA conference. Choice architecture (CA) is considered a promising approach to change health behaviors; however, its effectiveness in increasing physical activity and reducing sedentary behavior, especially after its removal, remains unclear.This systematic literature review aims to provide an overview of the effectiveness of CA interventions that promote physical activity or reduce sedentary behavior.

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