Sports and Exercise Safety Program (LiVE) in Finland

The aim 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 equipment.

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,
  • instructors, 
  • team managers,
  • and families.

Ten-Point Circle

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

  • Nutrition
  • Health Care
  • Support network

Nature of Sports

  • Ethics and Rules
  • Conditions and Equipment 
  • Requirements of Sports

Healthy Athlete Ten-Point-Circle
figure1.The ten-point-circle

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

Pasanen, Kati (2009), academic disseration
Floorball injuries: epidemiology and injury prevention by neuromuscular training
Full PDF version of the study in English and summary in Finnish.


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.


Funding

The Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture
The Finnish Ministry of Social Affairs and Health

For more information, please contact

Jari Parkkari,
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
email: jari.parkkari(at)uta.fi

Information about the UKK Institute, the organisation coordinating the program.

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