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383 Maximising the relevance and dissemination of the IOC medical consensus statements: a knowledge management perspective
  1. Lauren Fortington1,
  2. Ashlee Morgan2,
  3. Ruth Sibson2,
  4. Marelise Badenhorst5,
  5. Carolyn Emery4,
  6. Wayne Derman5,
  7. Kati Pasanen4,
  8. Evert Verhagen3,
  9. Martin Schwellnus6,
  10. Caroline Finch1
  1. 1Australian Centre for Research into Injury in Sport and its Prevention (ACRISP), School of Medical and Health Sciences, Edith Cowan University, Joondalup, Australia
  2. 2Australian Centre for Research into Injury in Sport and its Prevention (ACRISP), School of Business and Law, Edith Cowan University, Joondalup, Australia
  3. 3Amsterdam Collaboration on Health and Safety in Sports, Department of Public and Occupational Health, Amsterdam UMC, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  4. 4Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre, University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada
  5. 5Insitute of Sport and Exercise Medicine, University of Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch, South Africa
  6. 6Sport, Exercise Medicine and Lifestyle Institute (SEMLI), University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa


Background There have been 27 consensus statements published under the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Medical and Scientific Commission with a goal of contributing to the mission of injury prevention and protection of athlete health. The success of these statements in achieving this goal has not been evaluated. Knowledge management (KM) considers the identification, acquisition, creation and storage, transfer and application knowledge. The KM process of transforming knowledge into relevant and shareable information is important to consider, to ensure the statements are adaptable and useable to local contexts in sports medicine.

Objective This study uses a KM-framework to evaluate the IOC consensus statements and identify where improvements for their development and dissemination can be made.

Design Mixed methods. .

Methods Bibliometric analysis, literature review and qualitative case study, including interviews with fourteen South African and Australian sports physicians/physiotherapists. A proposed new KM framework is presented with practical examples of current and proposed steps for improving the development, dissemination and use of the IOC consensus statements.

Results The framework shows how knowledge (both tacit and explicit) is currently brought together in a consensus statement. This process is led by international scientific/clinical experts, but there is scope to include athletes and/or coaches. Subsequently, the steps of gathering knowledge and tailoring it into relevant and shareable information are outlined. Examples for improvement include consistent formatting and key word choices in the written statements, the inclusion of athlete/coach take home summaries and a wider range of dissemination formats to accommodate different access preferences. Stronger awareness of who the audience is and what the consensus statements seek to do are also highlighted.

Conclusions A KM-framework is highly applicable for the development and dissemination of the Consensus Statements. Short, simple changes as well as longer-term, more resource intensive opportunities, could help to increase visibility and applicability in practice.

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