Inj Prev doi:10.1136/injuryprev-2016-042211
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Sports Biostatistician: a critical member of all sports science and medicine teams for injury prevention

  1. Caroline F Finch4
  1. 1Sport Performance Analysis Research Group, University of Vic, Barcelona, Spain
  2. 2Research Centre Network for Epidemiology and Public Health (CIBERESP), Spain
  3. 3Epidemiology Service, Public Health Agency of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
  4. 4Australian Collaboration for Research into Sports and its Prevention, Federation University Australia, Ballarat, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Martí Casals, Epidemiology Service, Public Health Agency of Barcelona, Pza Lesseps,1, Barcelona 08023, Spain; marticasals{at}
  • Received 25 August 2016
  • Revised 16 November 2016
  • Accepted 1 December 2016
  • Published Online First 30 December 2016


Sports science and medicine need specialists to solve the challenges that arise with injury data. In the sports injury field, it is important to be able to optimise injury data to quantify injury occurrences, understand their aetiology and most importantly, prevent them. One of these specialty professions is that of Sports Biostatistician. The aim of this paper is to describe the emergent field of Sports Biostatistics and its relevance to injury prevention. A number of important issues regarding this profession and the science of sports injury prevention are highlighted. There is a clear need for more multidisciplinary teams that incorporate biostatistics, epidemiology and public health in the sports injury area.


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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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