Lessons on Data Collection and Curation from the NFL Injury Surveillance Program
Nancy A. Dreyer, PhD, Christina D. Mack, PhD, Robert B. Anderson, MD, Edward M. Wojtys, MD, Elliott B. Hershman, MD, and Allen Sills, MD
Jul 02, 2019


“Research-ready” evidence platforms that link sports data with anonymized electronic health records (EHRs) or other data are important tools for evaluating injury occurrence in response to changes in games, training, rules, and other factors. While there is agreement that high-quality data are essential, there is little evidence to guide data curation.


We hypothesized that an EHR used in the course of clinical care and curated for research readiness can provide a robust evidence platform. Our purpose was to describe the data curation used for active injury surveillance by the National Football League (NFL)
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