The Orchard Sports Injury Classification System (OSICS) is one of the world’s most commonly used systems for coding injury diagnosis in sports injury surveillance systems. Its major strengths are that it has wide usage, has codes specific to sports medicine and that it is free to use, provided it is appropriately acknowledged.
OSICS is commonly used in the sports of football (soccer), Australian football, rugby union, cricket and tennis. It is referenced in international papers in three sports (see references below) and used in four commercially available computerised injury management systems.
DEVELOPMENT OF OSICS
Injury classification systems are used in sports medicine for two main purposes:
(1) to accurately classify diagnoses for research or injury surveillance, maintaining diagnostic detail and also permitting easy grouping into parent classifications for summary; and
(2) to create a database from which cases can be extracted for research on particular injuries.
OSICS was developed in 1992 for the first purpose, forming the basis of a study that examined the incidence of injury at the elite level of football in Australia. At the time, there was no relevant published sports injury classification system that was free to use. OSICS is free to use for researchers and sports medicine professionals, provided it is appropriately acknowledged.
Please make an acknowledgement of OSICS whenever you use this in a commercial project or scientific paper