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Are we having fun yet? Fostering adherence to injury preventive exercise recommendations in young athletes.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22235907     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Sport and recreational activities are the leading cause of injury in youth, yet there is increasing evidence that many sport-related injuries are preventable. For injury prevention strategies to be effective, individuals must understand, adopt and adhere to the recommended prevention strategy or programme. Despite the recognized importance of a behavioural approach, the inclusion of behavioural change strategies in sport injury prevention has been historically neglected. The purpose of this commentary is to outline the rationale for the inclusion and application of behavioural science in reducing the burden of injury by increasing adherence to proven prevention strategies. In an effort to provide an illustrative example of a behavioural change approach, the authors suggest a specific plan for the implementation of a neuromuscular training strategy to reduce the risk of lower limb injury in youth sport. Given the paucity of evidence in the sport injury prevention setting, and the lack of application of theoretical frameworks to predicting adoption and adherence to injury preventive exercise recommendations in youth sport, data from the related physical activity promotion domain is utilized to describe how sound, theory-based injury prevention exercise interventions in youth may be developed. While the question of how to facilitate behavioural change and optimize adherence to preventive exercise recommendations remains an ongoing challenge, the authors detail several strategies based on two prominent behavioural theories to aid the reader in conceptualizing, designing and implementing effective interventions. Despite the minimal application of behavioural theory within the field of sport injury prevention in youth, behavioural science has the potential to make a significant impact on the understanding and prevention of youth sport injury. Appropriate evaluation of adherence and maintenance components based on models of behavioural change should be a critical component of future injury prevention research and practice.
Melanie R Keats; Carolyn A Emery; Caroline F Finch
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Sports medicine (Auckland, N.Z.)     Volume:  42     ISSN:  1179-2035     ISO Abbreviation:  Sports Med     Publication Date:  2012 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-02-13     Completed Date:  2012-06-01     Revised Date:  2013-05-16    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8412297     Medline TA:  Sports Med     Country:  New Zealand    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  175-84     Citation Subset:  IM    
School of Health and Human Performance, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Age Factors
Athletic Injuries / prevention & control*
Attitude to Health
Guideline Adherence*
Guidelines as Topic*
Muscle Stretching Exercises / methods
Primary Prevention / methods
Young Adult
Comment In:
Sports Med. 2012 Sep 1;42(9):725-32   [PMID:  22909184 ]

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