High quality sports injury research can facilitate sports injury prevention and treatment. There is scope to improve how our field applies best practice methods—methods matter (greatly!). The 1st METHODS MATTER Meeting, held in January 2019 in Copenhagen, Denmark, was the forum for an international group of researchers with expertise in research methods to discuss sports injury methods. We discussed important epidemiological and statistical topics within the field of sports injury research. With this opinion document, we provide the main take-home messages that emerged from the meeting.
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Contributors RON and EV led the process of drafting the manuscript. Six sections were drafted: BC, RB and CLA drafted the “No universal sports injury definition is necessary” section. CE, NW, AN-A, LP-D and MC drafted the “Which statistical approach should I choose?” section. EV, NFNB, CSB, TT and RW drafted the “Sports injuries are complex and contextual” section. MWF, NvD, JJ and MM drafted the “Analysing longitudinal data” section. NvD, TS, EV, ÖD and IS drafted the “Dealing with recurrent or subsequent injury” section. LP-D, KMK, IS, NW, RB and ES drafted the sections “Be explicit about the goal of your research: are you describing, predicting or drawing a causal inference” and “Frameworks can guide researchers”. All authors drafted the “Need for multidisciplinary teams and collaborations” section. The content of these sections was merged by EV and RON. All authors contributed with important intellectual content.
Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.
Competing interests KMK is Editor in Chief, British Journal of Sports Medicine and CLA is Editor in Chief, Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy.
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