Sport and recreation injuries are a significant health problem in Canada, and leading cause of injury requiring medical attention among adolescents. The majority are lower extremity injuries, with ankle and knee injuries accounting for 35-40%. Knee and ankle injuries result in an increased risk of early development of osteoarthritis (OA), with a significant associated public health cost. The effectiveness of neuromuscular training strategies in reducing acute and lower extremity injuries has been demonstrated among high school physical education (PE) participants, high school basketball players and youth community soccer players. The goal of this study program is to further examine preseason predictors of injury in youth, effectiveness of individually targeted prevention strategies to augment group based approaches to injury prevention and examine long term impact of injury among youth specifically related to the development of OA and decreased levels of physical activity.
The CIHR Team in Child and Youth Injury Prevention (STAIR C&Y Team) is a unique collaboration of interdisciplinary researchers and partners who have a common purpose—to generate new knowledge for stakeholders who develop and deliver policy and programs, and advocate for children and youth in Canada.