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Call for papers: Emerging topics in sports injury epidemiology

Edited by :
Zachary Kerr,University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
Evert Verhagen,VU University Medical Center, The Netherlands

© artpaseka / Getty Images / iStockInjury Epidemiology invites you to submit to our new collection on sports injury epidemiology.

Sports injury epidemiology is an emerging field that seeks to improve the prevention, diagnosis, and management of injuries sustained by individuals of all physical activity levels. Research within this topic area relies on collaborative efforts by experts from different fields including, but not limited to, public health, sports medicine, public policy, and athletic training. Such partnerships have also led to novel examinations of injury incidence and prevention, particularly in settings that had been previously under-studied.

We are looking for articles that either (1) highlight novel and innovative research related to theoretical approaches, methodologies, and settings, (2) include hard-to-reach, underserved, and/or under-researched populations, or (3) examine sports injuries in emerging sport settings, including extreme sports, dance and performing arts, and e-sports.

We specifically encourage research that presents significant insights into one or more of the following:

  • Understanding or predicting how policy, sociocultural, interpersonal, and behavioral factors affect the implementation and effectiveness of sports injury prevention interventions.
  • Provision of new insights into sports injury prevention using mixed-method study designs.
  • Explaining spatial patterns of injury incidence through quantitative analyses that make use of epidemiological datasets.
  • Computing cost-effectiveness analyses that estimate the benefits of onsite sports medicine injury management.
  • The role of artificial intelligence and machine learning in predicting injury risk.
  • Analyzing inequities in the implementation and effectiveness of sports injury prevention interventions.

All articles that are submitted to this collection will undergo the journal’s normal peer review process and be subject to an article-processing charge. Manuscripts should be formatted according to our submission guidelines and submitted via the online submission system. In the submission system please make sure that the correct collection title is chosen at the 'Additional Information' step. Please also indicate clearly in the covering letter that the manuscript is to be considered for this collection. For further advice on what funding is available to you, or for guidance in approaching funders and institutions, please visit our funding page or contact  

This is an open-ended collection and articles will be accepted for on-going publication. 

  1. Competition in road cycling events is common, yet little is known about the nature and disposition of injuries sustained in these events. The purpose of this study is to describe injured body regions and the d...

    Authors: Gregory Jancaitis, Alison R. Snyder Valier and Curt Bay
    Citation: Injury Epidemiology 2022 9:22
  2. Nearly half of the sudden deaths documented in Japanese middle and high school occurred during school organized sport activities. However, no study to date has calculated the incidence rates of these deaths by...

    Authors: Yuri Hosokawa, Yuki Murata, Rebecca L. Stearns, Miwako Suzuki-Yamanaka, Kristen L. Kucera and Douglas J. Casa
    Citation: Injury Epidemiology 2021 8:27
  3. Research in youth sports is often complex. As interest in youth sports injury prevention grows, scientists should consider community priorities beyond a specific research study.

    Authors: Zachary Y. Kerr, Paula Gildner, Aliza K. Nedimyer, Avinash Chandran, Melissa C. Kay, K. Hunter Byrd and Johna K. Register-Mihalik
    Citation: Injury Epidemiology 2020 7:35
  4. Physical activity is an important component of healthy lifestyles, with a central role in morbidity prevention. However, sporting and physical activity also involve an inherent injury risk. Some sports and act...

    Authors: Madeleine A. M. Davies, Tom Lawrence, Antoinette Edwards, Fiona Lecky, Carly D. McKay, Keith A. Stokes and Sean Williams
    Citation: Injury Epidemiology 2020 7:14
  5. Traumatic brain injury legislation varies across states. A comprehensive nationwide evaluation of state traumatic brain injury laws is vital given growing populations of high school athletes. This study evalua...

    Authors: Alan T. Arakkal, Anna E. Barón, Molly M. Lamb, Sarah K. Fields and R. Dawn Comstock
    Citation: Injury Epidemiology 2020 7:12
  6. The purpose of this exploratory study was to investigate whether runners with certain biomechanical or clinical/anthropometrical characteristics sustain more running-related injuries than runners with other bi...

    Authors: Jonatan Jungmalm, Rasmus Østergaard Nielsen, Pia Desai, Jon Karlsson, Tobias Hein and Stefan Grau
    Citation: Injury Epidemiology 2020 7:10
  7. There is an increasing concern over adolescent concussions in sports due to risks of long-term negative effects. This study analyzed data over three school years on reported concussion incidence rates by seaso...

    Authors: Lauren Gonzalez, Laura E. Jones, Maryanne Fakeh, Nimit Shah, Joseph A. Panchella and Derek G. Shendell
    Citation: Injury Epidemiology 2020 7:1
  8. The original subsequent injury categorisation (SIC-1.0) model aimed to classify relationships between chronological injury sequences to provide insight into the complexity and causation of subsequent injury oc...

    Authors: Liam A. Toohey, Michael K. Drew, Lauren V. Fortington, Miranda J. Menaspa, Caroline F. Finch and Jill L. Cook
    Citation: Injury Epidemiology 2019 6:9
  9. Behavioral interventions to increase disclosure and proper management of concussion in youth sports have unrealized potential when it comes to preventing concussion. Interventions have focused on changing indi...

    Authors: Zachary Y. Kerr, Johna K. Register-Mihalik, Juliet Haarbauer-Krupa, Emily Kroshus, Vivian Go, Paula Gildner, K. Hunter Byrd and Stephen W. Marshall
    Citation: Injury Epidemiology 2018 5:28
  10. Managing injury risk is important for maximising athlete availability and performance. Although athletes are inherently predisposed to musculoskeletal injuries by participating in sports, etiology models have ...

    Authors: Mark Roe, Shane Malone, Catherine Blake, Kieran Collins, Conor Gissane, Fionn Büttner, John C. Murphy and Eamonn Delahunt
    Citation: Injury Epidemiology 2017 4:26
  11. A scientific research project has started in the Netherlands with the aim of developing and implementing an evidence-based intervention to prevent the occurrence of musculoskeletal injuries among young and adu...

    Authors: Vincent Gouttebarge, Marije van Sluis, Evert Verhagen and Johannes Zwerver
    Citation: Injury Epidemiology 2017 4:25
  12. Muay Thai is a combat sport of Thailand that uses stand-up striking along with various clinching techniques. Currently, little is known about the injuries and risk factors for injuries among Muay Thai fighters...

    Authors: Stephen Strotmeyer Jr., Jeffrey H. Coben, Anthony Fabio, Thomas Songer and Maria Brooks
    Citation: Injury Epidemiology 2016 3:30
  13. The science of sports injury control, including both its cause and prevention, has largely been informed by a biomedical and mechanistic model of health. Traditional scientific practice in sports injury resear...

    Authors: Adam Hulme and Caroline F. Finch
    Citation: Injury Epidemiology 2015 2:31
  14. Head injuries, particularly concussion, are a major cause of concern in many sports, particularly the football codes, driving a need to better understand injury mechanisms and potential methods of prevention. ...

    Authors: Lauren V. Fortington, Dara M. Twomey and Caroline F. Finch
    Citation: Injury Epidemiology 2015 2:20
  15. It is well known that the condition and type of sporting ground influences the risk of sports injury. However, the lack of evidence on the relationship between subjective and objective sporting ground conditio...

    Authors: Dara M Twomey, Lauren A Petrass, John W Orchard and Caroline F Finch
    Citation: Injury Epidemiology 2014 1:27
  16. Previous research aimed at improving injury surveillance standards has focused mainly on issues of data quality rather than upon the implementation of surveillance systems. There are numerous settings where in...

    Authors: Christina L Ekegren, Alex Donaldson, Belinda J Gabbe and Caroline F Finch
    Citation: Injury Epidemiology 2014 1:19