Co-founder of Safe Sports International, Professor Toomas Timpka, recently visited Monash University to further collaboration between the University’s Australian Centre for Research into Injury in Sport and its Prevention (ACRISP) and Linköping University in Sweden.
Professor Timpka, who is also primary investigator for the Swedish Implementation Research Centre, praised ACRISP for its world-leading research into sports injury coding systems and implementation research, and its NoGAPS (National Guidance for Australian Football Partnerships and Safety) project.
Director of ACRISP and co-founder of Safe Sports International, Professor Caroline Finch, said that sports injuries weren’t well coded in the international classification system of diseases.
“ACRISP is leading the world in sports injury coding systems research and providing that expertise to our colleagues around the world,” Professor Finch said.
“A unified injury coding system provides a common language for sports injury classification and allows our colleagues and us to accurately identify the global extent of the problem.”
As part of this collaboration and the strengthening of the Safe Sports International body, ACRISP will be able to draw on the Swedish expertise including obtaining feedback as to how its NoGAPS project can be further improved and extended to other community sports settings.
By working together, Safe Sports International will help its member organisations, such as ACRISP, highlight the global nature of the sports injury problem and encourage governments and policy makers to invest in injury prevention research.
“Until we have the hard evidence of the impact that sports injury has on the community and proven tools to address the problem, governments will be reluctant to spend money on sports injury prevention,” Professor Finch said.
“Now that we can demonstrate a clear benefit, governments and sporting organisations need to help us develop ways to help make sport safer for the whole community. Ultimately, everyone benefits.”