After a successful symposium with over 150 participants in 2017, the second implementation conference will take place at Friday February 9, 2018 in Amsterdam. Its themed: Improving implementation practice: a one-day implementation science conference.
Also in research collaborations provide opportunities greater than the sum of its parts. We have been lucky enough to collaborate extensively in the recently granted project "Citius, Altius, Sanius". In this new, wide-ranging research project, universities, businesses and sports organisations are set to join forces in an effort to reduce this large number of sports injuries with the help of technology.
Our latest publication involves the determination in the change of knowledge of coaches and players about the Safe Six injury prevention programme in South African Rugby. We hoped that the knowledge would increase following a ‘targeted marketing approach’ that drew attention to the programme.
We are honoured and proud to let you know that the VU University Amsterdam has awarded our own Evert Verhagen a VU University Research Chair, by which he will be appointed as Professor of Epidemiology of Sports, Physical Activity and Health per January 1st 2018. The VU University Research Chair is a selective and privileged appointment as full professor. The chair has been created to recognize and reward outstanding scholars currently at the rank equivalent to associate professor who are acknowledged by their peers as upcoming leaders in their research field.
As the detrimental health effects of sedentary behaviour are well established, insight into the individual and environmental factors that influence adults’ sedentary behaviour is needed. Most studies to date rely on self-reported measures of sedentary time. Therefore, the aim of our most recently published study was to examine the individual and environmental correlates of objectively measured sedentary time in Dutch and Belgian adults.
Athletes can only perform at their best level when in full health. The library of evidence on this notion has increased considerably over the past decade and health monitoring of health athletes has gained a lot of ground recently. With contemporary technologies and methodologies we are now able to monitor athlete's health continuously, by which we are better equipped to protect their health and aid athletes to gain their performance goals. We wondered though, what are the acceptability and the perceptions of athletes and staff members (ie, end-users) towards such online sports-health surveillance systems. In our latest paper we sought an answer to this question.
Vincent Gouttebarge, one of our ACHSS colleagues, is an expert on Common Mental Disorders (CMD) in current and former high level athletes. This recent study, which he led, aimed to determine the prevalence and comorbidity of symptoms of common mental disorders among current and former Dutch elite athletes, and to explore the inference between potential risk indicators and the outcomes measures under investigation.
The physical neighbourhood environment may influence adults’ sedentary behaviour. Yet, most studies examining the association between the physical neighbourhood environment and sedentary behaviour rely on self-reported data of either the physical neighbourhood environment and/or sedentary behaviour. The aim of our most recent study was to investigate the associations between objectively measured physical environmental neighbourhood factors and accelerometer-determined total sedentary time in adults.
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.
Awareness of the prevalence of symptoms of common mental disorders (CMD) should be improved in international rugby, and an interdisciplinary approach including psychological attention should be fostered in the medical care of professional rugby players. This is the main conclusion of a recent study to which we contributed.
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.
Sports Medicine Resident Guus Reurink (Academic Center for Evidence Based Medicine AMC and OLVG) was awarded with a second place British Journal of Sports Medicine (BJSM) Award.
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.
On June 21st, our own Anne Loyen will defend he PhD thesis on the prevalence and correlates of sedentary behaviour and physical activity in European adults. A digital copy of here full thesis may be requested by contacting her directly (firstname.lastname@example.org), below you will find a summary of her work. She concludes that European public health strategies to increase physical activity and decrease sedentary behaviour levels are warranted. Individuals should be encouraged to meet the physical activity recommendations and limit and break up their sitting time, ultimately aiming for an European population with a healthy balance between sitting, standing and physical activity behaviours.
Just out in the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport .. the ink still dripping from the pages. Our most recent result on the effectiveness of mobile applications as a tool for injury prevention in sports. Our study showed that the implementation method of a NMT program by using an App or a Booklet did neither lead to different injury incidence rates in the long term nor did it influence residual functional disability/pain.
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.
Significant differences exist between SCAT3 baseline section scores for footballers with and without disability. Consequently, concussion consensus guidelines should recognise these differences and produce guidelines that are specific for the growing number of athletes living with disability.
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.