Models for understanding and preventing fractures in sport

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Title

Fractures in Sport


Springer International Publishing


School of Medical and Health Sciences / Exercise Medicine Research Institute




Fortington, L. V., & Hart, N. H. (2021). Models for understanding and preventing fractures in sport. In G. A. J. Robertson & N. Maffulli (Eds.), Fractures in Sport (pp.75-84). Springer.


Injuries and fractures tend to be considered an inevitable part of sports participation. In this chapter, long-standing principles frominjury preventionscience, usinga structured and systematicapproach, are applied to the problem of injuries in sports, specifically acute and stress fractures.With an understanding of the scale and burden of the injury (fracture) problem, attention turns to risk factors and aetiology.Identifying what the risks for sustaining a fractureare, whether acute or stress related, allows measures to be put in place that can remove or reduce their impact.With an understanding of the injury prevention priorities and known key factors for fracture occurrence, solutions and prevention measures are then considered. Because of the potential range of injuries and fractures that can occur in sport, there is no single model for success when it comes to the actual development of prevention measures. The considered use of different models, in conjunction with thorough knowledge of the risk factors, can reduce the incidence and severity of fractures in sport.

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