Sports and Exercise Safety Program (LiVE) in Finland
of the LiVE-program is to increase safety of sports and exercise in a
nationwide setting. Injuries are prevented by enhancing awareness of
injury risks, improving quality and contents of physical activity
sessions and sport training, and taking care of sports environment and
The primary target groups are young athletes, their coaches
and parents, elementary and vocational school pupils and their teachers.
It is coordinated by the UKK Institute and implemented in co-operation
with various Finnish educational institutes and sports federations.
Implementation of the national and international study findings
are conducted in three projects:
- Healthy Athlete (2006–)
- Safety in School Sports, TEKO (2010–)
- Smart Moves (2014–).
Safety in Sports presentation (PDF)
Implementing a Program at National Level to Prevent Sports Injuries in Adolescents. Jari Parkkari, MD, PhD
Healthy Athlete Program
Every year over 350,000 sports injuries occur in Finland and the trend is increasing. Athletes are in high risk to be injured. Up to 50% of the injuries could be prevented.Healthy Athlete (HA) aims to foster coaching and training culture that promotes good health and safety in sports. National and international study findings are delivered to the field by communication and education.
Target groups are:
- young athletesand
- their coaches,
- team managers,
- and families.
The Ten-Point Circle (figure1.) crystallizes the core of the program. It provides information and know-how on smart coaching, training and sports. It is modified from van Mechelen sport injury prevention model (1992) and Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) SportSmart - 10-point plan (New Zealand).
Physical and Mental Factors
- Individual Factors
- Testing and Evaluation
- Comprehensive Training
- Rest and Recovery
Means of Support
- Health Care
- Support network
Nature of Sports
- Ethics and Rules
- Conditions and Equipment
- Requirements of Sports
Main communicationchannels are the website,
Facebook, Twitter (@terveurheilija) and YouTube channel offering information packages, exercise videos, campaign materials, tutor network information etc. All materials are free of charge. We also arrange several seminars and tutor meetings with national partners.
Healthy Athlete networks
Healthy Athlete Program has educated over 80 HA-instructors and created the national Sport Nutrition Society (50 sport nutritionists). Purposes of the networks are to implement preventive strategies against sport injuries among target groups by offering education and counselling for coaches and athletes at their local environments. Tutors share the same education materials and injury prevention strategies and they meet annually for re-education.
Healthy Athlete material in English
Sports and Exercise Safety in Finland: a Nationwide Implementation Case
Poster about three implementation programs, World Safety congress in Tampere, Finland, 2016
Poster about Healthy Athlete programme, World Safety congress in Tampere, Finland, 2016
poster about Healthy Athlete and Safety in School Sports. Presented in HEPA Europe congress, Helsinki, Finalnd 2013
e-Poster presented in ECSS congress in Brugge, Belgium 2012
Poster presented in the EuroSafe congress in Budapest, Hungary 2011.
The Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture
The Finnish Ministry of Social Affairs and Health
For more information, please contact
Chief Physician, D.Med.Sc.
Tampere Research Center of Sports Medicine
The UKK Institute for Health Promotion Research
PO Box 30, 33501, Tampere, Finland
tel. +358 3 282 9335