Sport Injury & Risk Management
The importance of promoting safe sport environments, in particular to prevent injury to participants, is widely acknowledged and understood across the sport sector. Despite acknowledging the importance of injury prevention, recent research by Ballarat University showed the majority of community sport organisations do not have in place comprehensive sport injury risk management standards.
In a move to rectify this problem, as part of a $400,000 Victorian State Government funding commitment to reduce the incidence of injury in sport (with a particular view to alleviating associated insurance costs for sports), VicSport, in conjunction with Sport and Recreation Victoria (SRV), is developing Sport Injury Risk Management standards for a range of sports.
In 2008, the first of the standards for the sports of hockey and volleyball were completed. The success of these standards has led to a second phase of the project being implemented that will involve development of standards for 6 further sports. Work on these standards will be completed at the end of 2009. An overview of the development of the Sport Injury Risk Management Standards for hockey and volleyball can be found in the report below.
Safer Sport Guides
In addition, a range of safe sport guides are available from Sports Medicine Australia and SMARTPLAY. A number of these guides are included below.
Click on the relevant link to view and download documents.
Further information regarding safe sport can also be found on the SMARTPLAY website at: www.smartplay.com.au