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Whose research agenda is it? Reconciling the views of researchers and sports stakeholders
  1. Caroline F Finch
  1. Correspondence to Professor Caroline F Finch, Federation University Australia, Australian Centre for Research into Injury in Sport and its Prevention, SMB Campus, P. O. Box 663, Ballarat, VIC 3353, Australia; c.finch{at}federation.edu.au

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It is now widely recognised that it is important to involve a full range of stakeholders and other research end-users, from the outset when designing and implementing prevention programmes.1 ,2 As long ago as 2003, my team recognised that the views of those actively involved in sport should also be considered when setting research priorities.3 Findings from our survey of coaches and sports administrators have since informed the direction of much of our sports injury research over the following decade in community Australian Football. There will be similar examples from other sports, even if they have not been formally documented in the sports medicine literature.

There is also increasing awareness that sports medicine research evidence is not being widely adopted within many sports settings, and this is limiting the effectiveness of interventions.4 The possible reasons for this are varied, but could include that the interventions and other evidence generated by researchers are not considered to be of enough importance to sport itself …

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