Thursday, 30 October 2014

PhD candidate Christina Ekegren wins Best New Investigator Award for Injury Prevention

Christina Ekegren pictured centre
Christina Ekegren, PhD candidate under the supervision of Professor Belinda Gabbe (PET Group), won the Best New Investigator Award for Injury Prevention, valued at $2000, at the recent 'Be Active' conference in Canberra.

Her presentation, based on her recently submitted PhD, was entitled 'The facilitators and barriers to implementing injury surveillance systems alongside injury prevention programs'.

The Be Active conference is a biennial event which combines the Australian Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport, the National Sports Injury Prevention Conference and the National Physical Activity Conference.

Christina recently published a study which looked at the use of text messaging or short message service (SMS) for injury reporting. According to the research, there is a lack of personnel and resources in community sport, therefore SMS may represent a viable option for ongoing injury surveillance. The aim of the study was to evaluate the feasibility of injury self-reporting via SMS in community Australian football.

A total of 4 clubs were randomly selected from a possible 22 men's community Australian football clubs. Consenting players received an SMS after each football round game asking whether they had been injured in the preceding week.

The study found that the number of injuries reported via SMS was consistent with previous studies in community Australian football. Injury reporting via SMS provided a high response rate and fast response time and should be considered a viable injury reporting method for community sports settings.

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