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Perceiving, reporting and managing an injury –perspectives from national team football players, coaches, and health professionals

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posted on 21.03.2022, 14:46 by Sandro Vella, Caroline Bolling, Evert Verhagen, Izzy MooreIzzy Moore

Background

Injury perceptions and related risk-mitigating interventions are context-dependent. Despite this, most injury surveillance systems are not context-specific as they do not integrate end-users perspectives.

Purpose

To explore how Maltese national team football players, coaches, and health professionals perceive a football-related injury and how their context influences their perceptions and behaviours towards reporting and managing a football injury.

Methods

13 semi-structured interviews with Maltese female and male national team football players (n = 7), coaches (n = 3), and health professionals (n = 3) were conducted. Data were analysed using thematic analysis.

Results

Three themes were identified: (1) How do I perceive an injury? Consisted of various constructs of a sports injury, yet commonly defined based on performance limitations. (2) How do I deal with an injury? Encapsulated the process of managing the injury (3) What influences my perception, reporting and management of an injury? Comprised personal and contextual factors that influenced the perception and, consequently, the management of an injury.

Conclusion

Performance limitations should be used as part of future injury definitions in injury surveillance systems. Human interaction should be involved in all the processes of an injury surveillance framework, emphasising its active role to guide the injury management process.

History

Published in

Science and Medicine in Football

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Citation

Vella, S., Bolling, C., Verhagen, E. and Moore, I.S. (2021) 'Perceiving, reporting and managing an injury–perspectives from national team football players, coaches, and health professionals', Science and Medicine in Football, pp.1-13.

Print ISSN

2473-3938

Electronic ISSN

2473-4446

Cardiff Met Affiliation

  • Cardiff School of Sport and Health Sciences

Cardiff Met Authors

Izzy Moore Isabel Moore

Cardiff Met Research Centre/Group

  • Applied Injury Science

Copyright Holder

© The Authors

Language

en