The Use of Text Messaging for Injury Reporting in Sports: A Critically Appraised Topic

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Clinical Question: Can text message be used for epidemiologic data collection and accurate injury reporting in recreational and club sport participation? Clinical Bottom Line: Text message may be advantageous for injury surveillance in recreational exercise and club sport participation. This novel method may provide a more complete understanding of injury rates as this tool allows for more immediate recall of injury exposures and incidences. Further, data suggest that injuries are reported more often via text message compared to those reported to health care personnel.

Nicole J. Chimera is with Brock University, St Catharines, ON, Canada. Monica R. Lininger and Meghan Warren are with Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ. Johanna M. Hoch, PhD, ATC, University of Kentucky, is the report editor for this article.

Address author correspondence to Nicole J. Chimera at nchimera@brocku.ca.
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