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278 Using infographics and video to prevent injuries and illnesses in athletics
  1. Pascal Edouard1,2,3,4,5,
  2. Pedro Branco5,
  3. Danny Glover6,7,
  4. Jennifer Duncan6,
  5. Andy Richardson8,
  6. Marianna Kiss5,9,10,
  7. Frederic Depiesse3,12,
  8. Andrew Murray6,11
  1. 1Inter-university Laboratory of Human Movement Science (LIBM EA 7424), University of Lyon, University Jean Monnet, Saint-Etienne, France
  2. 2Department of Clinical and Exercise Physiology, Sports Medicine Unit, University Hospital of Saint-Etienne, Faculty of Medicine, Saint-Etienne, France
  3. 3Medical Commission, French Athletics Federation (FFA),, Paris, France
  4. 4Swiss Olympic Medical Centre, Centre de médecine du sport, Division de médecine physique et réadaptation, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois, Lausanne, Switzerland
  5. 5European Athletics Medical and Anti-Doping Commission, European Athletics Association (EAA), Lausanne, Switzerland
  6. 6Knowledge Translation Team, Sport and Exercise, University of Edinburgh, Edinburg, UK
  7. 7Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber, Leeds, UK
  8. 8Institute of Cellular Medicine, Newcastle University, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
  9. 9Hungarian Athletics Federation (Magyar Atlétikai Szovetség), Budapest, Hungary
  10. 10National Institute for Sport Medicine, Budapest, Hungary
  11. 11Human Performance Science Research Group, University of Edinburgh, Edinburg, UK
  12. 12Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University Hospital of Martinique, Le Lamentin, Martinique, France


Background Injuries and illnesses represent a health problem affecting athletics athletes’ training and performance. Recently, research on injury and illness epidemiology and risk factors have provided some insights to help implement prevention strategies. The next step is presenting the science, in an engaging form that can assist medical teams, coaches and athletes understand and implement these strategies.

Objectives To produce resources in order to disseminate knowledge on injuries and illnesses epidemiology and risk factors, and highlight potential prevention strategies.

Participants Researchers and practitioners working in athletics injury and illness prevention collaborated with athletes.

Main Outcome Measurements Resources/communication assets, for example infographics, animations, video, were produced and shared with medical teams, athletes and coaches.

Results Infographics, animation and engaging knowledge translation tools/educational materials on illness epidemiology during international athletics championships were produced. These took the scientific knowledge, made it specific for the context of athletics, and provided easily digestible, visually rich information. These were shared with athletes at events such as the European Athletics Indoor Championships.

Conclusions We developed resources to be shared to all stakeholders working with athletics athletes, providing tips and practical recommendations on injury and illness prevention. Having share these to athletes and their teams, the next step is to evaluate the documents and tools for and by athletes and involved actors, and the effectiveness of these interventions. These strategies may be relevant to provide athletes with engaging information on preventing injury and illness in other sports.

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