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Updating the international research agenda for sport injury prevention research
  1. Caroline F Finch
  1. Correspondence to Professor Caroline F Finch, Monash Injury Research Institute (MIRI), Monash University, Australian Centre for Research into Injury in Sport and its Prevention (ACRISP), Clayton, Victoria 3800, Australia; caroline.finch{at}monash.edu

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The International Olympic Committee's World Conference on Prevention of Injury and Illness in Sport, the third in a series of triennial international conferences, was held in Monaco in April 2011. This conference is now the leading research event for many sports injury prevention and sports medicine researchers, and was well attended by over 940 delegates from 85 countries. A particularly pleasing part of the programme was the large emphasis of a number of sessions (including a keynote, several symposia and proffered papers) on the primary prevention of sports injuries, particularly issues relating to the delivery, implementation and uptake of preventive measures in this important context of injury. Abstracts from this meeting have been published in the April Injury Prevention and Health Promotion issue of the British Journal of Sports Medicine (http://bjsm.bmj.com/content/45/4.toc) and online presentations are available for viewing at the conference website (http://www.ioc-preventionconference.org/).

The International Olympic Committee's support for this conference is part of its very recent increased support for sports injury prevention efforts globally.1 The current state of art of the sports injury research field as presented at the Monaco meeting is very well summarised by the strategic keynote addresses that covered topics ranging from the identification and management of sport- and exercise-related acute deaths and overuse conditions, to current research knowledge needs in relation to the biomechanical mechanisms of sport injury, to an overview of new implementation science approaches that need to be used by sports injury prevention researchers, to a description of some current implementation activities associated with football.

Fortunately, death during sport is a rare occurrence but, when it does occur, sudden cardiac death (SCD) is the leading cause. This topic was discussed by A/Professor Jonathan Drezner from the University of Washington, USA and Professor Antonio Pelliccia from the Institute of Sport Medicine and …

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