The Amsterdam Collaboration on Health & Safety in Sports (ACHSS), stands at the forefront of sports medicine research. The ACHSS brings together the two teaching hospitals in Amsterdam (AMC & VUmc), combining the two Dutch leading groups on research and practice on prevention and treatment in sports medicine.
Our research deals with the relationship between physical activity and health. Sufficient levels of physical activity are a necessity for good health, but also entail a risk of injury. Through this website we will keep you updated on our own research and others' who deal with these topics.
Fresh out of this year's International Ankle Symposium, hosted by the Department of Exercise and Sport Science at UNC Chapel Hill, we are pleased to announce that the 8th edition will be held in Amsterdam. The year 2019 seems far away, but we have already started preparations to make you feel welcome.
Hot from the press and just published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine (online first), is our latest manuscript on prevention of running related injuries (RRIs) in Dutch trail-runners. This study evaluated the effectiveness of adding online tailored advice (TrailS6) to general advice on (1) the prevention of RRIs and (2) the determinants and actual preventive behaviour in Dutch trail runners.
Head injuries are common in skiing and snowboarding with possible serious consequences, including long-term and serious disabilities, and death. Despite this knowledge and recommendations to wear a helmet, actual helmet use remains low. We developed and evaluated the effects of a nationwide campaign that focused on behavioural change as a key factor for its success to increase helmet use in Dutch skiers and snowboarders.
Science is not about hard facts. At the core of proper research methods is a series of choices and assumptions made by researchers. Each of those choices impact the value of the study’s results, and as a reader you are presented with the researchers’ interpretations of those results. Shockingly, many readers still take study results for granted and fail to judge and criticise the value of presented outcomes within their own practical context. The BJSM now launches a series of editorials that aim to educate the clinical reader with the tools to form their own balanced opinions about study results.
On September 19th Ingrid Vriend will defend her PhD thesis entitled "Preventing sport injuries. From evidence to practice". The full PhD thesis can be downloaded as a pdf here soon, in the meantime you may have a look at the extensive summary below to get an idea of her work on translating injury prevention evidence to practice.
Ozgur Kilic, one of our master students, got a crown on his work by the recent publication of his master's thesis on Volleyball related injuries. Currently, there is no overview of the incidence and (volleyball-specific) risk factors of musculoskeletal injuries among volleyball players, nor any insight into the effect of preventive measures on the incidence of injuries in volleyball. This study aimed to review systematically the scientific evidence on the incidence, prevalence, aetiology and preventive measures of volleyball injuries.
Rounding upon her PhD thesis, Ingrid Vriend just got a positive reply form Sports Medicine on her review that summarises the target level of published sports injury prevention studies. The aim of this review was to identify and categorise intervention strategies for the prevention of acute sport injuries evaluated in the scientific literature, applying the Haddon matrix, and identify potential knowledge gaps.
Trailrunning is a very popular mode of running. However, the risk and burden of running-related injuries (RRI) in trailrunning is not well established. This study investigates the prevalence, injury rate, severity, nature, and economic burden of RRIs in Dutch trailrunners.
The incidence and severity of head injuries in children playing organized football are low, but not all concussions receive the medical attention. Head injuries, though including concussions are considered as potentially harmful particularly in children due to the still developing brain. Consequently, information and education of coaches and parents with regard to head injuries in children and the promotion of “Fair Play” is required to raise awareness for this issue.