Director of the Australian Centre for Research into Injury in Sport and its Prevention (ACRISP), Professor Caroline Finch, will be speaking at the joint Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) / Australians College of Sports Physicians (ACSP) Injury Prevention Seminar.
“The whole sports community is talking about sports injury and concern with preventing it is near crisis point. We need to rethink how we’re doing things,” Professor Finch said.
“Despite all the research and biomedical evidence on injury prevention, a significant number of these injuries are still occurring.”
Professor Finch has developed a two-pronged strategy to spread accurate messages about sports injury prevention to groups who deal with the issues at the team and participant level.
“The first thing we must do is improve how we document the frequency and pattern of sports injuries. This is known as injury surveillance and it provides the evidence of the extent of the injury problem to government and sporting bodies,” Professor Finch said.
The next step involves delivering practical injury prevention programs to school and community sporting bodies.
“You cannot expect a community football club to be able to implement the same strategies as an AFL club,” Professor Finch said.
“To reduce sports injuries in the community we need to deliver realistic programs that they can implement, using whatever means will work. This may include exercise DVDs, posters, training manuals, social media as well as providing support to local leagues, coaches, parents and clubs.”
Professor Finch hopes that through addressing the crowd of over 120 physiotherapists and sports physicians at the seminar, her ACRISP team at the Monash Injury Research Institute will be able to make significant inroads into injury prevention.
“I liken sports injuries to road safety. Just as the road safety initiatives and messages have had a significant effect on decreasing the road toll, I believe that with appropriate interventions we can have a similar effect on sports injuries,” Professor Finch said.
Professor Finch will be delivering her speeches at the 2012 APA / ACSP Injury Prevention Seminar from 10.40-11.20am, Friday 20 April and 9-9.40am, Saturday 21 April.
The two-day seminar will be held at Oaks on Collins, 480 Collins St, Melbourne.