"Identifying the challenges to implementing a neuromuscular warm-up in pre-elite netball" 

Erin Smyth, Renee Newcomer Appaneal, Mick Drew, Alanna Antcliff, Gordon Waddington, Phil Newman, Juanita WEISSENSTEINER, Alex Donaldson

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ABSTRACT: Objective: To identify challenges for implementing Netball Australia’s ‘Knee injury prevention for Netballers and Enhance performance and Extend play’ (KNEE) program for 17/U & 19/U State (i.e. regional/provincial representative) teams. Design: Concept mapping, a mixed-methods approach incorporating qualitative and quantitative data collection and analyses. Setting: Pre-elite netball. Participants: Thirty-nine netball coaches, strength & conditioning coaches and physiotherapists working with State 17/U & 19/U teams. Methods: Participants brainstormed challenges to implementing the KNEE program, sorted the challenges into groups based on similar meaning and rated the importance and difficulty of overcoming each challenge on a scale from 0 (least important/easiest to overcome) to 5 (most important/hardest to overcome).Results: Forty-six statements (i.e. challenges) were identified and organised into the following eight clusters (mean importance rating out of 5, mean difficulty rating out of 5): ‘athlete engagement’ (3.31, 2.48); ’supervision and correction of technique’ (3.03, 2.67); ’time constraints’ (2.79, 2.59); ‘athlete technique’ (2.70, 2.64); ’education’ (2.56, 2.16); ’support staff resourcing’ (2.51, 2.67); ‘program flexibility and adaptability’ (2.02, 1.85); and ‘coach and support staff prioritisation’ (1.95, 1.81). Nineteen statements/challenges had above average ratings for importance (2.63) and difficulty (2.41). These statements are included in the ‘go-zone’ and could be considered a priority for action. Conclusions: This study identified a ‘go-zone’ consisting of ‘athlete engagement’, ‘supervision and correction of technique’, ‘time constraints’, ‘athlete technique’, ‘education’ and ‘support staff resourcing’ challenges. These multi-factorial challenges are the main barriers to implementing the KNEE program. They can be addressed using the implementation drivers framework. Key words: injury prevention, sports injuries, concept mapping, pre-elite athlete
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Sports Science and Coaching
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 25 Feb 2021

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