Journal article

Understanding perceptions of injury risk associated with playing junior cricket

Peta E White, Caroline F Finch, Rebecca Dennis, Emma Siesmaa

JOURNAL OF SCIENCE AND MEDICINE IN SPORT | SPORTS MEDICINE AUSTRALIA | Published : 2011

Abstract

Preventing sports injuries in children is important, but there is limited information about children's perceptions of injury risk or their injury beliefs and attitudes. This study investigated injury risk perceptions in a sample of junior sports participants across different age levels of play. Junior cricket players (n=284, aged 8-16) completed a survey about their injury risk perceptions. Survey questions asked about players' perceived injury risk to themselves compared to cricketers in general, as well as their perceived injury risk across different playing position, ground condition, and protective equipment use scenarios. Chi-square analysis found that risk perceptions were significantl..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This study was supported by the Injury Prevention Community Grants Program of the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing. Caroline Finch was supported by an NHMRC Principal Research Fellowship. Thank you to the clubs, teams and players from the Ballarat Cricket Association and Project Steering Committee members Marc Portus (Cricket Australia), John Watkin (Cricket Victoria), and Campbell Waring (Central Highlands Cricket Association).