Dr. Karen Liller appears on SMART podcast published on British Medical Journal website

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Dr. Karen Liller, professor in the Department of Community and Family Health, USF College of Public Health, was a recent guest on USF’s Sports Medicine and Athletic Related Trauma Institute (SMART) Sports Injury Registry podcast, interviewed by Dr. Barbara Morris, director of SMART.

Karen Liller, PhD

Karen Liller, PhD

The entire podcast is available on the British Medical Journal website, which publishes podcasts for the journal Injury Prevention and the Society for the Advancement of Violence and Injury Research.

Liller is the lead researcher of the Sports Injury Registry. SMART is part of the university’s Morsani College of Medicine at USF Health. It was created by the state legislature.

“The purpose of SMART is to raise the standard of care for Florida athletes, and this is done through research, education, clinical care and community outreach,” Liller said on the podcast. “In terms of the research, of course we have the Sports Injury Registry, and we have some other research projects going on, as well.

“In education, we have really enhanced USF Health’s strength in the educational preparation of physicians and nurses, physical therapists and athletic trainers, public health individuals and others through training and also providing some fellowship training.”

When the registry was formed in 2004, Liller said, a committee convened to identify the best means of facilitating its mission.

“We wanted to collect data on the injuries,” she said, “because we believed that, unless you know the data and what’s happening there, you will not be able to make a difference.”

The initial aim was to create an injury registry for high school athletes, she said, with the hope that it would grow to include college and professional athletes, as well.

Related media:
USF’s (SMART) Sports Injury Registry podcast

Story by David Brothers, USF College of Public Health