Canberra football players likely to join AIHW’s new ‘game-changing’ pilot project for sports injuries | Canberra time


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Canberra football players are set to be included in a ‘game-changing’ pilot database, which has been created to reduce and inform elite and amateur sports injuries. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare will unveil plans on Friday to roll out an online platform, which would allow amateur gamers to capture all the details and circumstances surrounding injuries. The aim of the program is to collect data, which would inform approaches to injury prevention and management across Australia, as such statistics do not exist at the national level. A number of Canberra football teams are in talks to join Australia’s first study and could soon provide information to help experts make decisions about the risks and benefits of sports participation. The pilot is expected to be rolled out by mid-2022 to find out if and how to collect data at the community sport level is viable. AIHW spokesman Dr Adrian Webster said they hoped to incorporate Canberra Football Clubs in the coming weeks into the programme. “The potential value of this type of data is huge,” he said. “We have a good idea of ​​what happens in hospitals for the most serious cases, but it is extremely difficult to obtain information at a national level on the types of injuries people suffer while playing sports. So there’s a gap in information, especially for those kinds of non-professional purposes. We hope to close this gap. “A barrier to improving sports injuries is having good data on what is happening and the ability to put in place an intervention and monitor the impact. Does it work? doesn’t work? That’s what we hope to accomplish.” MORE IN SPORT: The pilot is part of the AIHW’s National Sports Injury Data Strategy Project consultation – in partnership with Sport Australia and the AIS – outlining how a database could be developed. In addition to the pilot project, the AIHW is also speaking with sports organizations, healthcare providers, insurers and government agencies to understand what sports injury data has been collected. Dr Webster said the AIHW had no hint of the difficulty of trying to collate the data nationwide. “We are not naive or blind to the fact that this could be an extremely difficult challenge,” he said. “It’s a pretty big effort to try and collect usable and robust data, on an ongoing basis, from the millions of people who play sports every week and unfortunately get injured. That’s why we’re taking a bit of time and a cautious approach to this.” The pilot and strategy coincide with new data from the AIHW that revealed the potential cost savings of improving injury prevention, with $746 million spent each year on managing relatively serious injuries related to injury prevention and inadequate management of injuries during physical activity in 2018-2019. The first stage of the AIHW’s sports injury and participation economic analysis also revealed the cost to the country’s healthcare system without physical activity. He suggested that conditions associated with physical inactivity cost the healthcare system $968 million in 2018-19. “Australia is a sporting nation and participation in sport improves our health and well-being,” said Dr Webster. “However, these benefits are often diminished due to injuries that could have been avoided or better managed.” Comments on the proposed data strategy can be emailed to [email protected] until April 18, 2022. Our journalists work hard to provide local, up-to-date information to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:



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