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.
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.
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.
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.
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.