The ACRISP epidemiology team are data driven researchers who use epidemiological and biostatistical methods for investigation of population health issues relating to injury. High quality sports injury data is needed to monitor injury incidence and its public health burden. This requires collection of relevant exposure data (e.g. sports participation, water exposure) along with standardised injury definitions, so that results can be compared and contrasted both spatially (across regions, sports) and temporally (over time). This data is essential if the public health burden of sports injury is to be accurately and appropriately reported and prevention targets for the focus of policy attention identified. The ACRISP epidemiologists conduct research that advances the design of, and reporting from, sports injury surveillance systems and other data collections; contributing to international efforts to improve the coding/classification of sports injuries; informing international consensus statements for sports injury surveillance
ACRISP is also recognised for its internationally leading research into the real-world implementation of sports injury interventions and their effectiveness. This includes identification of the best way/s to translate this knowledge to reach those who will most benefit from this research. The effective implementation of sports injury prevention research is critical if evidence is to be used in the real world in an impactful way for public health gains. The ACRISP implementation team conducts international research to gain a better understanding of sports delivery settings, clinical treatment settings and individual behaviour contexts into which preventive interventions are to be implemented. This research makes an immediate impact for our communities because it is conducted in full partnership with key stakeholder groups such as government departments, peak sports bodies, health promotion agencies.