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Sports Injury Risk Profile: Recognizing the Factors


Note: This note is part of our Youth Sports Trauma Awareness and Responsiveness Series (Y-STAR). Look for more great posts coming soon.


Have you ever noticed that certain athletes seem more prone to injury than others? Is there such a thing as being injury prone? Why does sport injury happen, and what places one person more at risk for sport injury than another? Psycho-social factors are becoming increasingly recognized as significant factors in sports performance, injury prevention, rehabilitation, and management, but is there such a thing as an injury risk profile?  The answer is

yes and parents, coaches and trainers should be aware that one exists.


As far back as 1985 sports medicine experts have advised that "pre-exercise evaluations"  should focus on the three body systems: musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, and psychological" (Sports Medicine, Vol. 2, Issue 6; emphasis added). The Sport Injury Risk Profile (SIRP) (Wiese-Bjornstal 2009) shows the many factors affecting sport injury risk. This gives athletes and their parents a means of understanding how psychological and socio-cultural factors operate interactively with physical and environmental factors within the larger context of sport injury risk, according to Susan Kay Hillman, editor of

Core Concepts in Athletic Training and Therapy (Human Kinetics, 2012).


Divided into INTERNAL/Personal and EXTERNAL/Environmental factors, the SIRP identifies specific examples of elements within each of the four major contributors to the profiles that have been linked to sport injury risk. When these risks are identified, "interventions directed at better managing these aspects have the potential to reduce risk of sport injury in the same way in which other more common athletic training interventions, such as changes in training and conditioning protocols or the use of protective equipment, reduce risks," says Hillman.




We know from research that kids who fall on the Autism Spectrum have a 12% greater injury risk than children without ASD (Academic Pediatrics). We also know that compared to children without ADHD, children with ADHD are more likely to be injured and often have more severe injuries (Aboutkidshealth.ca and LiveScience.com). Take the following example: a child takes medication for his ADHD every morning before school starts; he hasn't been prescribed an extended-release (XR) form of his medication, so it starts to wear off right around the end of the school day, when practice is about to start. When the medication wears off, the athlete starts to feel tired, emotionally on edge and his focus wanes; hence, injury risk rises. Children and teens who have experienced trauma should also be added to the risk profile. In some instances, medications they take for anxiety and/or depression can impact performance. In other cases, stress from pressure to perform and (perceived) fear of what will happen if they fail can increase risk for injury, by drawing attention away from the task of performing.


The SIRP model has guided much of the research on psychological and socio-cultural influences on vulnerability to sport injury. According to this model, there is a psychological influence on the occurrence of sport injury. Hillman writes about the stress response:

 "Essentially, the more 'stress' participants perceive, the more vulnerable they are to injury, particularly if they do not have sufficient coping resources for managing the stress. Stress-related changes that occur in attention and cognition (e.g., tunnel vision, attention turning inward toward personal thoughts rather than focusing outward on the risks in the sporting environment) and physiology (such as increased muscle tension and increased heart rate) can negatively affect [young athletes'] behaviors and performance, which in turn increase the risk of injury."


Sports parents, take the time to discuss the Sports Injury Risk Profile with your child athletes, particularly focusing on the psychological factors.

  • Has your child had an event that is a life stressor?
  • What have you done to help your child work through this trauma?
  • Does your child have coping skills in place to manage stress?
  • Is your child's mood challenged?
  • Do you encourage your child to have a positive mindset?

Discussing psychological challenges as a family, seeking assistance when needed and communicating with your child's coach about factors that may impact the athlete may significantly reduce the risk of sports injury for your child. 






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by posted 10/10/2017
2017-18 Grade School Calendar
Orlando Grade School Sport Schedule 2017-2018*
Fall Coed Soccer
Registration Period - 7/31/17 to 8/30/17
Coerver Training - 9/10/17
Season Dates - 9/17/17 to 10/29/17
All games are on Sunday afternoons on the Campus of Bishop Moore Catholic High School
Flag Football and Girls Lacrosse
Registration Period - 10/4/17 to 11/8/17
Season Dates 12/3/17 to 1/28/18
All games are on Sunday afternoons on the Campus of Bishop Moore Catholic High School

Registration Period - 12/4/17 to 1/10/18
Mini meets - 1/27/18 and 2/3/18
Main meet - 2/10/18 at Bishop Moore Catholic High School
Spring Coed Soccer
​Registration Period - 1/2/18 to 1/24/18 
Season Dates - 2/18/18 to 3/18/18
All games are on Sunday afternoons on the Campus of Bishop Moore Catholic High School
Coed Basketball
Registration Period - 2/14/18 to 3/21/18
Season Dates - 4/28/18 to 6/9/18
All games are on Friday evenings or Saturdays at various Catholic School Gyms

*Dates Subject to Change during school year based on other school or parish events.

by posted 07/31/2016
2017-18 Middle School Calendar

Orlando Middle School Sport Schedule 2017-2018*

Boys Soccer and Girls Basketball - August 26 - November 4

  • Team tryouts - 8/9/17 to 8/24/17
  • Preseason Varsity Classic - 8/26/17
  • Regular Season - 9/7/17 to 10/12/17
  • Regional Tournament - 10/14/17 to 10/25/17
  • Regional Championships - 10/25/17 at Bishop Moore
  • Diocese Cup - 11/4/17

Track Boys and Girls - November 4 - December 2

  • Mini-Meets -  11/11/17 and 11/18/17
  • Championship- 12/2/17

Boys Basketball and Girls Soccer - January 4 - March 3

  • Team tryouts - 12/4/17 to 12/14/17
  • St Mary Magdalen Christmas Tournament - 12/15/17 to 12/17/17
  • Regular Season - 1/4/18 to 2/8/18
  • Regional Tournament - 2/10/18 to 2/21/18
  • Regional Championships - 2/21/18 at Bishop Moore
  • Diocese Cup - 3/3/18

Flag Football and Volleyball - March 15 - May 19

  • Team tryouts - 2/19/18 to 3/1/18
  • Volleyball Regular Season - 3/15/18 to 4/19/18
  • Volleyball Tournament - 4/21/18 to 5/2/18
  • Volleyball Regional Championships - 5/2/18 at Bishop Moore
  • Volleyball Diocese Cup - 5/12/18 at Bishop Moore
  • Football Regular Season - 3/17/18 to 4/29/18
  • Football Tournament - 5/6/18 to 5/19/18
  • Football Regional Championships - 5/11/18
  • Football Diocese Cup - 5/19/17

*Dates Subject to Change during school year based on other school or parish events.

by posted 07/31/2016
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