A geospatial analysis of sport/leisure injuries of Victoria, Australia
PhD Candidate: Himalaya Singh
There has been increasing recognition that sports and leisure pursuits can play a prominent role in improving the health-related quality of life. Having significant health, psychological and social benefits from participation, there is also a risk of injury. Sport/leisure injuries are identified as a major public health burden in Australia and around the world.
In Australia, despite considerable epidemiological inquiry and preventive efforts, studies suggest an increasing trend in overall sport or leisure injury hospitalisations. This could be the result of increasing participation, but some studies have argued that current preventive efforts are not targeting the right communities. Additionally, there is a lack of involvement from government health departments or public health policy to address injuries in the sport/leisure sector. This may be because of the lack of knowledge regarding the size and distribution of the problem, vulnerable communities and incomplete understanding of injury aetiology
Given that the aetiology of sport/leisure injuries is incomplete and the fact that there is considerable geographical variation in sport/leisure injuries, which is likely due to the broad range of associated factors, a geospatial analysis of sport/leisure injuries is a novel approach to better understand the aetiology of sports injuries.
Himalaya's investigation for the first time will apply geospatial methods to investigate the sport/leisure injuries of Victoria and develop a web-GIS application (Atlas of Sport and Leisure Injuries) for exploratory analysis of sport/leisure injury data. The findings of this PhD will provide an evidence base for future strategic planning and targeted delivery of sport/leisure injury prevention measures.
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