Sports injury surveillance has everything to do with sports medicine

Sports Med. 1997 Sep;24(3):169-71. doi: 10.2165/00007256-199724030-00004.


Injury is the most under-recognised major public health problem facing the world community. In addition to being an enormous public health issue, injuries continue to usurp our limited healthcare financial resources. It therefore becomes imperative that comprehensive injury occurrence data systems be developed in order to: (i) identify risk factors and types of injuries; (ii) help determine the effectiveness of preventative intervention; and (iii) delineate the costs of injury in order to develop financial resource planning.

MeSH terms

  • Athletic Injuries / classification
  • Athletic Injuries / economics
  • Athletic Injuries / epidemiology*
  • Athletic Injuries / prevention & control
  • Costs and Cost Analysis
  • Databases as Topic
  • Global Health
  • Health Planning / economics
  • Health Resources / economics
  • Humans
  • Population Surveillance*
  • Public Health
  • Risk Factors
  • Sports Medicine*
  • Wounds and Injuries / classification
  • Wounds and Injuries / economics
  • Wounds and Injuries / epidemiology
  • Wounds and Injuries / prevention & control