Feasibility and acceptability of a new shoulder-specific warm up programme to prevent injuries in community youth rugby union as compared to the FIFA 11+

Vincent Singh, Keith Stokes, Carly McKay

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Abstract

Injury prevention exercise programmes (IPEPs) are efficacious, though there is no IPEP specifically designed to reduce shoulder injuries in rugby. This study aimed to determine the feasibility and acceptability of the Rugby Active Shoulder Injury Prevention (RASIP) programme. Three community rugby union clubs participated in a 12-week pilot study (players, n = 51; coaches, n = 7). Two teams were randomly allocated to the RASIP programme and one to the FIFA 11+ (IPEP) intervention. Feasibility was examined by players’ adherence to the IPEP, and acceptability was described by players’ and coaches’ perceptions of the IPEP. On average, more players were exposed to 11+ training sessions (100%) than the RASIP programme (19 out of 36 players, 53%). Higher percentage of exercises was completed over the season in the 11+ (97%) than the RASIP programme (58%). Across both groups, there were different approaches followed in delivering the allocated intervention. The coach-led, prescriptively followed 11+ IPEP was better at achieving higher adherence with exercises. Coaches were concerned of not having enough time in their sessions to include the IPEP. This pilot study has shown that the intervention is feasible to deliver and is acceptable with improvements recommended by community stakeholders, coaches and players in a community youth rugby setting.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages21
JournalInternational Journal of Sports Science & Coaching
Early online date20 Sept 2023
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 20 Sept 2023

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: this work was supported by the Private Physiotherapy Educational Foundation.

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© The Author(s) 2023.

Keywords

  • Sport
  • injury
  • prevention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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