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Beware the ‘luck’ capstone
  1. Sheree Bekker1,
  2. Lauren V Fortington1,
  3. Evert ALM Verhagen1,2,
  4. Caroline F Finch1
  1. 1 The Australian Centre for Research into Injury in Sport and its Prevention (ACRISP), Federation University Australia, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia
  2. 2 Amsterdam Collaboration on Health & Safety in Sports, Department of Public and Occupational Health, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam Movement Science, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  1. Correspondence to Sheree Bekker, Australian Centre for Research into Injury in Sport and its Prevention, Federation University Australia, Ballarat, Victoria 3353, Australia; s.bekker{at}

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The recent BJSM educational review describing an ‘injury prevention pyramid for elite sports teams’, which has been widely promoted through social media, suggests that bad ‘luck’ plays a definitive role in injury occurrence, depicting its notable role as the capstone.1 This is in direct contrast to the rich theoretical and empirical history of injury prevention research, which refutes the concept of bad ‘luck’ in sports injury causation entirely.

In positioning ‘luck’ as the capstone of their injury …

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  • Contributors SB drafted this correspondence. LVF, EV and CFF provided expert input and feedback.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.