Overcoming the organization-practice barrier in sports injury prevention: A nonhierarchical organizational model
2015 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, ISSN 0905-7188, E-ISSN 1600-0838, Vol. 25, no 4, e414-e422 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The organization of sports at the national level has seldom been included in scientific discussions of sports injury prevention. The aim of this study was to develop a model for organization of sports that supports prevention of overuse injuries. The quality function deployment technique was applied in seminars over a two-season period to develop a national organizational structure for athletics in Sweden that facilitates prevention of overuse injuries. Three central features of the resulting model for organization of sports at the national level are (a) diminishment of the organizational hierarchy: participatory safety policy design is introduced through annual meetings where actors from different sectors of the sporting community discuss training, injury prevention, and sports safety policy; (b) introduction of a safety surveillance system: a ubiquitous system for routine collection of injury and illness data; and (c) an open forum for discussion of safety issues: maintenance of a safety forum for participants from different sectors of the sport. A nonhierarchical model for organization of sports at the national level - facilitated by modern information technology - adapted for the prevention of overuse injuries has been developed. Further research is warranted to evaluate the new organizational model in prospective effectiveness studies.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Wiley: 12 months , 2015. Vol. 25, no 4, e414-e422 p.
Safe sports; implementation; safety policy; athletics; sports bodies; sports organization
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-120446DOI: 10.1111/sms.12327ISI: 000357831300010PubMedID: 25430864OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-120446DiVA: diva2:845688
Funding Agencies|Swedish Centre for Sports Research [P2014-167, P2014-0048]2015-08-122015-08-112016-04-24