Dr Fortington is an injury epidemiologist who works to improve the collection, analysis and reporting of injury data in different sports settings to best understand the impact and prevention of injuries. She conducts epidemiological investigations of the injuries that occur in elite and community sport including rugby union, rugby sevens, cricket and Australian football. Lauren’s research seeks to improve the understanding of multiple injuries sustained over time in individuals as well as reporting and analysis of non-acute, non-time loss injuries in sports settings. Dr Fortington is also leading studies of safety in community sports organisations, aimed towards prevention and best management of serious and fatal events in sport. Dr Fortington is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport and Prosthetics and Orthotics International.
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Professor Caroline Finch leads the Australian Centre for Research into Injury in Sport and its Prevention, which is one of only ten centres worldwide recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as a Research Centre for the Prevention of Injury and Protection of Athlete Health. Her research has been funded by the NHMRC, Australian Research Council, VicHealth, IOC, the US and Canadian National Institutes of Health, Australian/State government departments for health and sport and from peak sports bodies including the International Rugby Board, FIFA (Soccer), the Australian Football League and Cricket Australia.
Professor Finch has previously been ranked as one of the 10 most highly published injury researchers of all time and in the top three most influential sports medicine researchers internationally. In 2015, she was awarded the International Distinguished Career Award from the American Public Health Association’s Injury Control and Emergency Health Services Section. She contributes to the editorial boards of the British Journal of Sports Medicine, Journal of Science & Medicine in Sport, Injury Epidemiology, and Sports Medicine. In recognition of her contribution to sport safety and research in Australia, she was appointed as an Officer to the Order of Australia in 2018.