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Getting the message across: the role of technology-enabled knowledge translation in sports medicine research
  1. Shazya Karmali1,
  2. Shelina Babul1,2
  1. 1BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit, British Columbia Children’s Hospital Research Institute, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  2. 2Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  1. Correspondence to Dr Shelina Babul, Pediatrics, The University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine, Vancouver, BC V6H 3V4, Canada; sbabul{at}

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What is the next step—beyond publishing journal articles—to disseminate sports and exercise medicine (SEM) research findings to a large audience? How can we educate coaches on supporting players suffering from concussion, or tennis players on injuries, in a timely manner? The increasingly predominant role of technology and media has allowed researchers to rapidly disseminate and implement new research findings. Known as technology-enabled knowledge translation (TEKT), this method enhances traditional KT by disseminating evidence-based information on widely accessible platforms, and providing the opportunity to engage with marginalised, rural and remote populations who would not otherwise access such information.1 In this editorial, we highlight effective TEKT strategies used in SEM research.

Modules and Massive Open Online Courses

Online learning has been extensively integrated into health science education, allowing for accessible, cost-effective and user-focused methods to increase knowledge in target populations. An example is the Concussion Awareness Training Tool (https://cattonline.com2), providing up-to-date concussion recognition, treatment and management information, at no-cost. Accessed on web and mobile platforms, each module targets a different audience, using text, videos, personal stories and various exercises. …

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  • Contributors Both SK and SB were involved in researching, drafting and reviewing and editing of the content. Both authors approve the final submitted version. SB is the guarantor of this work.

  • 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 None declared.

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