Introduction: The development (or academy) phase of an athlete forms the foundation for a successful
athletic career. Injuries affect an athlete’s availability to train, compete, and
perform. Context-specific understanding of the injury burden and risk factors can
enable prevention strategies to be prioritised, developed, and implemented to positively
impact academy athlete longevity and trajectory towards elite levels. Medical servicing
is a key component of the health system around an athletic population. Currently there
are no data pertaining to the delivery of medical services in Australian academy athletes.
We aim to investigate the incidence, prevalence, burden and characteristics of injuries;
and to describe the frequency and type of medical servicing for elite sports academy
athletes over a 12-month season.
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