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Illness monitoring in team sports using a Web-based training diary.
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PMID:  19898075     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
OBJECTIVE: Use of Web-based data recording systems has received little attention in sport. An "online" training diary could provide a valuable alternative to pen-paper methods in the regular assessment of physical activity and illness occurrence in athletes. The objective of this study was to design and implement a user-friendly and efficient system to monitor incidences of illness in team sport athletes. DESIGN: Prospective monitoring study over a 48-week rugby season. Players were asked to register presence/absence of weekly illness symptoms with medical staff and also use an online training diary. Submitted self-reported diary illness data were compared with illness complaint data recorded by medical staff. Diary response rates were calculated from the number of completed diary entries against the number of available/required entries over the season. SETTING: Web-based training diary. PARTICIPANTS: Thirty professional rugby union players. INTERVENTION: Comparison of gastrointestinal and upper respiratory illnesses (URIs) reported by players using an online diary and to medical staff. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Incidences of URIs. RESULTS: The diary response rate in the reporting of weekly illnesses was 79% over the study period. Discrepancy existed between the number of self-reported URIs by players using the diary (118 URI incidences) compared with those reported to medical staff (23 URI incidences). Totaling all URI episodes (those self-reported + those registered by medical staff) revealed that players reported just 19% of URI episodes to medical staff. CONCLUSIONS: Players tend to underreport incidences of banal infections. Closer monitoring of self-reported illnesses using a similar system in the present study may provide a better alternative to previous methods in nonclinical illness assessment.
Brian Cunniffe; Hywel Griffiths; Wayne Proctor; Ken P Jones; Julien S Baker; Bruce Davies
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinical journal of sport medicine : official journal of the Canadian Academy of Sport Medicine     Volume:  19     ISSN:  1536-3724     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin J Sport Med     Publication Date:  2009 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-11-09     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9103300     Medline TA:  Clin J Sport Med     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  476-81     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Health, Exercise, Sport and Science, University of Glamorgan, Trefforest, Wales, United Kingdom.
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