Implementation of the strategy is intended to move the sports injury data landscape towards the longer-term outcomes stated in the vision (p.3). The key outputs from the strategy are:
- A Framework to guide data collection
- An updated sports injury data dictionary
- Methods development
- New and improved data sources
- Data collation into the national Asset
- Analyses and publication of data and data insights.
The above outputs will be dependent on the following activities:
- Convening data expert groups
- Ongoing stakeholder consultation and feedback
- Provision of advice and support by the AIHW to data collectors
- AIHW liaising with other government bodies for advice or data
- Strong collaborations between the AIHW and data providers
- Secure sharing of data to contribute to the data Asset
- Consultation with data suppliers and potential data users on data analyses and interpretation.
Successful implementation of the strategy will:
- provide greater standardised data collection, centrally available in the Asset
- enable reporting of aggregate data by different sports, geographical areas, age groups, sexes, types of injuries, causes and, in some cases, whether injury prevention equipment or programs were in use
- report in a way that is accessible and useful to stakeholders
- enable more accurate economic analyses on the costs and benefits of sports participation to the health system
- provide the evidence base for injury and injury prevention research
- increase participation secondary to the implementation of successful injury prevention programs leading to a reduction in injury, and maintaining sport participation
- increase participation by providing evidence on the actual risks and types of injury in community sport to allow informed decision-making
- decrease costs to the health system, individuals, out-of-pocket expenses, insurers and employers by reducing injuries and increasing health and wellbeing.
- benefit sports stakeholders through lower insurance costs and improved participation
- benefit high performance sport through a larger talent pool of persons less affected by injury.