The application of risk management in sport

Sports Med. 2004;34(6):349-56. doi: 10.2165/00007256-200434060-00001.


The process of risk management can be implemented as part of a best practice management system within the sport and leisure sector. The process enables risk factors that might lead to injuries to be identified and the levels of risk associated with activities to be estimated and evaluated. This information can be utilised proactively by sports governing bodies and participants to identify preventive and therapeutic interventions in order to reduce the frequency of occurrence and/or severity of injuries within their sports. The acceptability of risk within specific sports, however, is dependent on the perceptions of the participants involved.

MeSH terms

  • Athletic Injuries / epidemiology
  • Athletic Injuries / prevention & control*
  • Epidemiologic Studies
  • Humans
  • Risk Management / methods*
  • Sports Medicine / standards*
  • United Kingdom / epidemiology