What’s Trending: The Importance of Sports Injury and Treatment Reports

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As a sports medicine professional, you spend a good portion of your day assessing and treating sports injuries to help get your athletes back to the sports they love. You also take the time to record and document details regarding your athletes’ injuries, illnesses and treatment plans. This creates a vast amount of data! Data like this is often left unused and unanalyzed, when in fact it can be utilized to see the bigger picture of your sports medicine program. Through reporting, you can analyze trends and measure results to gain greater insight into the health of your athletes and develop strategies to prevent injuries and illnesses. In the following sections, we’ve broken down the importance of sports injury and treatment reports, as well as how Presagia Sports can help.

Identify Trends

One important aspect of conducting reports is the ability to identify trends. Athletic trainers and other sports medicine professionals can use the data they’ve collected to run a report and visualize important trends in their sports medicine program. Some trends can include which injuries occur most often, where injuries occur, and at what time of day or year. Other areas you can identify trends include illnesses and types of treatments. Reports can also show trends in different types of sports, such as aquatics versus football, to identify sport-specific injuries and issues to be addressed. Gaining this knowledge can help a sports medicine team perform an overall review of their program to create more tailored treatment plans and develop prevention strategies.

Measure Results

Collecting data and running reports also allows you to measure results in order to see how your athletes and program are performing. Reports can be conducted on the status and wellbeing of your athletes, and then shared with coaches so they can assess how their team is doing and make changes to their training accordingly.

You can also run a report to examine the number of injuries that occur, as well as the number and type of treatments that are performed. This is a great way to measure how well your sports medicine team is operating, how frequently the facilities are being utilized, the quantity of supplies used, and how much care your athletes are receiving. Measuring results from data and reports can help your team and clinic develop strategies in order to improve efficiency, while also ensuring the health and safety of your athletes.  

Develop Strategies

Using reports to identify trends and measure results is great, but using that information to develop effective strategies for your sports medicine program is even better! Gathering data on your athletes’ health and treatments can help your team come up with more effective treatment processes, and create proactive injury prevention. Epidemiological research is becoming ever more important in helping sports become safer. Knowledge on how, why and when athletes get injured can help your organization evaluate change in regulations, practice, policy and education.

Reports on how concussions occur and their frequency, can encourage the implementation of helmets and other preventative equipment. For example, female lacrosse teams across the nation are beginning to implement the use of helmets to help prevent brain injury.

By creating and running customized reports you can use data your team collects to adapt your athletic program to ensure your athletes are getting the best care possible, and make a safer environment for the future.

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How Presagia Sports Can Help

Presagia Sports’ Athlete Electronic Health Record (EHR) system comes with a sophisticated built-in reporting engine, that supports in-depth analysis of athlete health data. The system collects a large number of variables about injuries to help your organization run reports to identify trends, measure results, and develop strategies. The Presagia Sports extensive data-mining reporting tool gives users the ability to run standard reports, as well as the capability to create customized reports to support their needs!

Presagia Sports also helps and encourages clients to contribute their data for sport injury and prevention epidemiological research to help make sports and physical activity safer. The system makes it easy to pull de-identified data quickly and accurately, so you can share your data safely and securely.    

Now that you know how important reports can be used to help improve the way your sports medicine team works, it’s time to start conducting some reports yourself! Go out and identify trends, measure results, and develop strategies to ensure you’re providing your athletes with a safe environment and the highest standard of care!

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