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An international collaboration between sports safety research organisations is working to make the world safer for sports participants.

Co-founder of Safe Sports International, Professor Toomas Timpka, recently visited Monash University to further collaboration between the University’s Australian Centre for Research into Injury in Sport and its Prevention (ACRISP) and Linköping University in Sweden.

Director of ACRISP and co-founder of Safe Sports International, Professor Caroline Finch, said that sports injuries weren’t well coded in the international classification system of diseases.

A unified injury coding system provides a common language for sports injury classification and allows our colleagues and us to accurately identify the global extent of the problem.

As part of this collaboration and the strengthening of the Safe Sports International body, ACRISP will be able to draw on the Swedish expertise including obtaining feedback as to how its NoGAPS project can be further improved and extended to other community sports settings.

By working together, Safe Sports International will help its member organisations, such as ACRISP, highlight the global nature of the sports injury problem and encourage governments and policy makers to invest in injury prevention research.