Despite a high daily training availability, a quarter of Academy athletes start the season with an injury and three quarters finish with one

      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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