Safe return to sport for injured athletes

Safe return to sport for injured athletes

Posted Sunday, 23 March 2014

NICTA, University of Canberra, AIS


The project aims to support physiotherapists in assessing when their elite-athlete patients are recovered after an injury and ready to return to their normal training and competitions. This addresses the more general purpose of improving human performance in sports and minimising the risk of new injuries. The project studies the development of a software system that covers the entire workflow from sensor data collection through its computational analysis to result visualisation as training session maps and recovery trends. The system should provide a predictive second-opinion to a physiotherapist on the athlete’s recovery percentage after a given session as well as cumulative trends of these percentages in time along the physiotherapy sessions.


Sports injuries are a major factor in reduced activity and unintentional hospital admissions (and hence cost of health). Preventing secondary injury is a major opportunity in public health. In Victoria in 2009, sport represented the highest specified activity at time of injury for both children (0-14 years) and adolescents and young adults (15-24 years). By 2020 up to 8,000 injured participants each year, in just the top 5 sports, will permanently stop the activity or endure an extended absence. reference


 Showcase that connects the project description (i.e., video) with anonymised data samples (i.e., possibility for the user to choose from a set of sample athletes) and their computational analysis and visualisation capabilities (i.e., a software system that the user can use to analyse and visualise the chosen data sample) as an interactive multimedia demo.


 Data samples analysed, communications video developed

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