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Dr Fortington is an injury epidemiologist who is working to improve the collection, analysis and reporting of injury data in different sports settings to best understand the impact of injuries and ways to prevent them occurring. Lauren is conducting investigations of injuries that occur in elite and community sport including men’s and women’s rugby and Australian football, Gaelic sports and Olympic sports. Lauren’s research seeks to improve the understanding of longitudinal data (when multiple injuries are 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 informing policy on the prevention and best management of serious and fatal events in sport.
Dr Fortington’s research is funded by grants provided from the International Olympic Committee, Rugby Australia, Cricket Australia, Injury Matters and the State Government of Victoria, among others. Lauren contributes to the Australasian Injury Prevention Network, the Australasian Epidemiological Association and Sports Medicine Australia and she is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport.
Dr Fortington provides supervision in:
Current research students are engaged in projects that include: optimising insurance claims data for surveillance of sports injury; improving collection and reporting of injury data in professional rugby; subsequent injury in elite sport; injury surveillance in defence force personnel; serious injury and fatalities in community sport including spinal cord injury, heat illness and sudden cardiac arrest.