In the Netherlands, interventions have been developed and implemented to increase the uptake and correct use of efficacious preventive measures by community-level (amateur) athletes, with the overall goal to prevent sports injuries. These interventions include both primary and secondary sports injury prevention with the focus on individual athletes, trainers/coaches, sport clubs, and referees, within various field-based sport settings. Process and effect evaluations of these interventions provide insight into what works in real-world sport settings. The overall aim of the project is to gain insight into the effectiveness of various intervention strategies to promote the large-scale implementation of effective preventive interventions in real-world sports settings and optimize future implementation efforts.
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.
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.
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.