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Are implementation science advances and digital technology developments important in sports medicine? Sports Medicine Australia thinks so
  1. Jacqueline Tran1,
  2. Caroline F Finch2
  1. 1Centre for Exercise and Sports Science, Deakin University, Burwood, Victoria, Australia
  2. 2Faculty of Health Sciences, Centre for Healthy and Safe Sport, Federation University Australia, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Jacqueline Tran, Centre for Exercise and Sports Science, Deakin University, 221 Burwood Highway, Burwood, VIC 3125, Australia; jac{at}

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The rate of growth of scientific knowledge gains pace year-on-year. Over 20 million journal articles have been indexed in MEDLINE from 1947 to 2012, with the number of publications increasing by an average of 5.2% per year.1 So how might our global community of researchers, clinicians and practitioners pool our collective knowledge to effect improvement in clinical practice?

In this issue of BJSM, curated on behalf of Sports Medicine Australia (SMA), we explore the power of better understanding of intervention implementation and in embracing the new digital technologies. For several years, BJSM has had a major focus on implementation science developments and their applications.2 Rigorously controlled studies will always have their place in the literature, but as outlined previously by Finch3 and Peters et al (see page 731), implementation research seeks to investigate: How can efficacious interventions work harmoniously within the dynamics of the real world? Hanson et al (see page 682) stress that research alone is not enough and that more connection with that real world is needed. One dynamic of our modern age is that of digital technology, providing new opportunities for researchers, clinicians and …

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