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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 501-508

The Olympic legacy: Journal metrics in sports medicine and dentistry


1 Academic Clinical Fellow, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Bristol Dental Hospital, Bristol, United Kingdom
2 Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, South West Cleft Service, Bristol Dental Hospital, Bristol, United Kingdom
3 Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Bristol Dental Hospital, Bristol, United Kingdom

Correspondence Address:
Joel Thomas
Senior House Officer in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Bristol Dental Hospital, Lower Maudlin Street, Bristol
United Kingdom
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2231-0762.195513

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Systematic analysis of integral aspects within sport enables improvement in performance. One key aspect is the management and prevention of injuries. Bibliometrics is a systematic method for evaluating research output. It may be expected that the quantity and quality of sports injury research over time may strongly correlate with the timing of the Olympic games. This study was conducted to determine the effect of the Olympic legacy on academic sports medicine and evidence to prevent injuries of the face and teeth. A literature search within the PubMed database was undertaken to identify the quantity of literature published annually between 1996 and 2015 in the fields of sports injuries and injury prevention. The top 5 journals publishing in each field were then identified and the change in their impact factor (IF) was investigated. It was seen that, since 1996, there has been an overall increase in the quantity of literature published regarding sports injuries and prevention of sports injuries of 209% and 217%, respectively. Publications regarding facial injuries and dental injuries within sport show an increase of 114% and 71%, respectively. There was an increase in IF since 2000 in almost every journal investigated. A strong, positive correlation is seen among journals publishing on the prevention of sports injuries, showing a median IF increase of 2.8198. No statistical significance was found between Olympic years and the number of publications. Hence, there has been a gradual increase in both the quality and quantity of publications regarding sports injuries since 1996. However, there appears to be no immediate added effect of the “Olympic legacy” following each Olympic games on the quantity or quality of publications in these fields.


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