IOC consolidates research efforts on sports injury and its prevention
Four research centres, which had been recently tasked by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to gather more knowledge on sports injuries and prevention methods, convened for the first time in Cape Town, South Africa, from 23 to 25 October 2010. Hosted by the University of Cape Town, this kick-off meeting served to set the cornerstone for the joint effort in this important area in the four years to come.
The four research centres, which are located in South Africa, Canada, Australia and Norway, are all world leaders in their area with sound clinical, educational, and research expertise in elite sports.
Under the leadership of its Medical Commission, the IOC aims to promote athletes’ health through the prevention of injury and disease. To make this objective a reality, the four research centres have been selected to work on the following tasks:
• establish long-term research programmes on injury and disease prevention (including studies on basic epidemiology, risk factors, injury mechanisms and intervention),
• foster collaborative relationships with individuals, institutions and organisations to improve athletes’ health,
• implement applied, ongoing and novel research and development within the framework and long-term strategy of the IOC, and
• set up knowledge translation mechanisms to share scientific research results with the experts of the Olympic Movement and the wider sports community.
Names and locations of the four research centres:
• UCT/MRC Research Unit of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine (ESSM), University of Cape Town, South Africa
• Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre, University of Calgary, Canada
• The Australian Centre for Research Into Sports Injury and its Prevention (ACRISP), Accident
Research Centre, Monash University Melbourne, Australia
• Oslo Sports Trauma Research Center (OSTRC), Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, Oslo, Norway