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Screening of athletes, sport injury registration and prevention (2013-2020)

The long term goal of this project is to reduce the risk, for adolescent elite athletes, to sustain injuries (overuse and acute), recurrent injury and pain that reduces participation in sports and thereby enhance increased awareness, performance and health.

Further on, a long term goal is to reduce health care costs. Ultimately, the goal is to deepen the knowledge on how to make adolescent sport participation on elite level more safe and healthy by scientifically develop theoretical as well as clinical models regarding risk factors and injury prevention.

The short term goals are to increase the understanding of the injury panorama and to study risk factors for injuries in different sports and to improve the knowledge in injury prevention in coaches and medical staff. We also foresee a need to develop medical teams located at the Swedish National Sports High Schools, in order to facilitate quick and safe diagnosis and rehabilitation of injuries.

Approximately 700 adolescent elite athletes in handball, athletics, cross-country skiing, orienteering, down-hill skiing, American football, wakeboard, bowling, cycling, golf, triathlon, and canoeing, from 20 Swedish National Sports High Schools are enrolled in the study. A prospective design is applied following the athletes over 1-2 years. Baseline data are collected at the start of each semester and incidence and prevalence data on injuries, training volume and intensity are collected by using self-reporting weekly web-based questionnaire. In addition, the athletes undergo a movement screening (9+screening battery) once every semester, to collect data on asymmetries and dysfunctions. Data collection ended in December 2015.

The project is financed by The Swedish National Centre for Research in Sports, Karolinska Institutet and the Swedish Sports Confederation.

Principal investigator: Annette Heijne
Co-investigator: Anna Frohm

”Tre av tio unga elitidrottare går skadade”, Dagens Nyheter 18 oktober 2017