Coaches’ perspectives on implementing an evidence-informed injury prevention programme in junior community netball

Saunders, N., Otago, L., Romiti, M., Donaldson, A., White, P. and Finch, C. F. 2010, Coaches’ perspectives on implementing an evidence-informed injury prevention programme in junior community netball, British journal of sports medicine, vol. 44, no. 15, pp. 1128-1132.

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Title Coaches’ perspectives on implementing an evidence-informed injury prevention programme in junior community netball
Author(s) Saunders, N.ORCID iD for Saunders, N.
Otago, L.
Romiti, M.
Donaldson, A.
White, P.
Finch, C. F.
Journal name British journal of sports medicine
Volume number 44
Issue number 15
Start page 1128
End page 1132
Total pages 5
Publisher B M J Group
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2010-12
ISSN 0306-3674
Keyword(s) coaches' feedback
injury prevention
junior netball
Summary Objective For effective sports injury prevention, information is needed about the implementation context for interventions. This study describes coaches’ feedback on the implementation of an evidence-informed injury prevention programme in community junior netball using coaches’ perceptions and the RE–AIM framework.
Methods A lower-limb injury prevention programme (Down to Earth; D2E), for teaching safe-landing techniques, was delivered to 31 coaches from 31 junior community netball teams in a 1-h workshop. Coaches then delivered a 6-week programme at team training sessions starting in the week before the competition season commenced. 65% of coaches completed a feedback survey 17 weeks after they had delivered the programme.
Results Most (88%) coaches believed that D2E improved their players’ ability to perform correct landing techniques in games and that players had retained these improvements over the season. The majority (83%) indicated that an improvement in player athletic attributes was the greatest advantage of D2E, followed by a reduction in injury risk. Identified barriers to implementing
D2E were running out of time and very young players fi nding the drills too diffi cult. Coaches reported that they needed more ideas for training drills that could be incorporated into their programmes and believed that their own coaching training did not adequately prepare them to implement an injury prevention programme.
Conclusions Although coaches believed that D2E was effective in developing correct landing techniques, some modifications are needed to make it more suitable for younger players and coach education by accreditation courses could be improved to support the implementation of injury prevention programmes.
Language eng
Field of Research 110604 Sports Medicine
Socio Economic Objective 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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