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The Big Five: consensus considerations before a muscle injury registry revolution - stating the (not so) obvious
  1. Fionn C Büttner1,
  2. Eamonn Delahunt1,2,
  3. Mark Roe1
  1. 1 School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
  2. 2 Institute for Sport and Health, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
  1. Correspondence to Fionn C Büttner, School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science, Health Sciences Centre, University College, Dublin 4, Ireland; fionn.cleirigh-buttner{at}

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The topic of international data sharing recently enlivened the ‘Twittersphere’ following a thought-provoking editorial by van Dyk and colleagues.1 They recommended that sporting federations, research institutions and clinicians collaborate to develop an international muscle injury registry. The proposal gained further momentum at the Second World Congress of Sports Physical Therapy, following a keynote presentation by Dr Rod Whiteley. In table 1, we outline the rationale for the creation of a muscle injury registry. An international muscle injury registry would present a novel opportunity to analyse large samples of individual patient data, which researchers aggregate in meta-research, rather than summary data from individual studies. We support the creation of a muscle injury registry, and present five important considerations.

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Rationale for the creation of a muscle injury registry

Sharing is caring…and a patient registry can be the most robust way to share data

Public reporting, clinical observations and research findings contribute to patient registries, creating a ‘shared information environment’.2 A collaborative muscle injury registry compiling individual patient data would facilitate in-depth analysis of large sample sizes, enabling recommendations to be made about specific subcohorts to inform patient-centred …

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