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Evaluating the Impact of the IOC Sports Medicine Statements on Olympic Athlete Health and Wellbeing

Tuesday, 23 July 2019

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The ACRISP team is busy in 2019 working on a major project funded by the International Olympic Committee. ECU are the project lead (Dr Lauren Fortington, Professor Caroline Finch AO) bringing together a dream team from international partner institutions in South Africa (Professor Wayne Derman, Professor Martin Schwellnus), the Netherlands (Professor Evert Verhagen) and Canada (Professor Carolyn Emery and Dr Kati Pasanen). Data collection for Phase One of the project has now been wrapped up. This involved a citation analysis of consensus statements and resources. Dr Rebecca Handcock, Senior Data Scientist, led this analysis and we look forward to sharing the results soon.

Phase 2 is now underway. This phase is led by Dr Marelise Badenhorst, from the the Institute of Sport and Exercise Medicine (ISEM) at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. The research is framed as a case study to consider how the medical statements are used in the Australian and South African settings. Marelise, together with Dr Lauren Fortington, are busy conducting interviews across both countries to help address this topic. The team will travel to meet with colleagues in Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Durban and Pretoria, followed by Perth, Melbourne, Hobart, Sydney and Canberra.

Dr Badenhorst is a post-doctoral fellow and physiotherapist with a special interest in injury prevention, long-term athlete health, and the health and well-being of athletes with impairments. She completed her PhD at Vrije University-NRF South Africa Desmond Tutu Doctoral Programme and the University of Cape Town. Her research drew on qualitative approaches to investigate the risk, immediate management and consequences of acute spinal cord injuries in South African rugby union players.

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