This podcast focuses on the collection of high school athlete sports injury data by the University of South Florida Sports Medicine and Athletic Related Trauma Institute (SMART).
SMART developed an injury surveillance tool to collect detailed sports injury risk factor and outcome data for high school athletes in west central Florida beginning in 2007. Since 2012 SMART has joined the Reporting Information Online (RIO) network for high school athletes’ sports injury data collection. The lead researcher for the SMART injury surveillance research is Dr Karen Liller, Professor and AAAS Fellow in the University of South Florida College of Public Health. The Director of SMART is Dr Barbara Morris.
Together they provide information on the origins of SMART, the data collection process, latest results, and plans for the future in this podcast.
About the presenters: Dr. Karen Liller is a professor and AAAS Fellow in the University of South Florida College of Public Health. Her teaching, research, and service activities largely focus on public health and the prevention and control of children's unintentional injuries, most recently those related to sports. In 2012 Dr Liller was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and has been named one of the top 15 women scholars in health education and health promotion. She is the editor of the injury text, "Injury Prevention for Children and Adolescents: Research, Practice, and Advocacy," published by the American Public Health Association.
Dr Barbara Morris, Director of SMART, is also a certified athletic trainer and a certified strength and conditioning specialist. She was named the 2008 Professional Outreach Athletic Trainer of the Year by the Athletic Trainer’s Association of Florida and has worked extensively in sports medicine clinical settings, including athletic training outreach, industrial rehabilitation and administration. Dr Morris has a faculty appointment in USF’s Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine where she teaches in the Athletic Training Education Program.