French Athletics Stakeholders' Perceptions of Relevance and Expectations on Injury Prevention

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  • Pascal Edouard, Inter-university Laboratory of Human Movement Biology, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Saint Etienne, European Athletics Medical & Anti Doping Commission, European Athletics Association (EAA), Lausanne, France
  • Alexis Ruffault, French Institute of Sport (INSEP), University of Liege, France
  • Caroline Bolling, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Laurent Navarro, Ecole des Mines de Saint-Etienne, France
  • Simon Martin, Laboratoire Adaptations Physiologiques à l'Exercice et Réadaptation à l'Effort (APERE), Halmstad University, France
  • Frédéric Depiesse, Clinalliance Villiers sur Orge et Institut Mutualiste de Montsouris, France
  • Rasmus Oestergaard Nielsen
  • Evert Verhagen, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands

This study aimed to explore how stakeholders in athletics perceive the relevance of injury prevention, determine their communication preferences, and describe their expectations regarding injury prevention. We conducted a cross-sectional study using an exploratory online survey with high-level athletes (i. e. listed by the French ministry of sports), non-high-level athletes (i. e. all competitive level except high-level athletes), coaches, and health professionals licensed with the French Federation of Athletics. The survey was composed of three parts regarding stakeholder's characteristics (4 questions), perceived relevance (2 questions), communication preferences and expectations (3 questions) towards injury prevention. There were 2,864 responders to the survey. Almost all responders found that injury prevention is relevant (97.7% [95% CI 97.0% to 98.2%]), without any significant differences in the distribution between stakeholders' age, experience and sex (p>0.05). About three-quarters of the stakeholders preferred to find injury prevention information on a website (77.4%) without significant differences between stakeholders' categories (p>0.05); other media to find injury prevention information was chosen by less than 50% of responders. Expectations about injury prevention were mainly explanations, advice and tips about injury knowledge, management and prevention, based on expert opinion and/or scientific research. In conclusion, these results confirm that injury prevention is a challenge shared by numerous stakeholders in athletics, within France, and provide some orientation on how and what information to disseminate to these stakeholders.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Sports Medicine
Pages (from-to)1052-1060
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2022

    Research areas

  • Humans, Cross-Sectional Studies, Motivation, Sports, Sports Medicine, Athletes, Injury risk reduction, Implementation, Communication, Knowledge translation, Track and field

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