Co-creation of a sport-specific anterior cruciate ligament injury risk reduction program for women: A concept mapping approach Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • OBJECTIVES:To engage physiotherapists experienced in female elite sport and athletes to co-create a sport-specific anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury risk reduction program. DESIGN:Concept Mapping. METHODS:The Concept Systems Global MAX™ web platform was used to collect and analyse data from 27 context and content experts (22 physiotherapists, 5 athletes). Participants brainstormed statements representing the critical elements that should be included in an ACL injury risk reduction program for women playing elite Australian Football (AF). RESULTS:Twenty-two participants brainstormed 56 statements that were synthesised and edited to 62 statements. Statements were sorted into clusters by twenty-three participants and rated on importance and feasibility using six-point scales. Multidimensional scaling and cluster analysis identified a 5-cluster solution as follows: Football-specific preparation (15 statements); Movement skills (17 statements); Strength and conditioning (15 statements); Individual preparation (7 statements); and Education (8 statements). Calculation of mean ratings for each cluster and statement identified the Movement skills cluster as most important (mean=3.61 out of 5) and the Football-specific preparation cluster as most feasible (3.75 out of 5). By contrast, the Individual preparation cluster was rated the least important (mean=2.9 out of 5), and the least feasible (3.12 out of 5), to include in the program. CONCLUSIONS:The five clusters of critical elements to include in an ACL injury risk reduction program for women playing elite AF, in order of most to least importance were: movement skills, football-specific preparation, education, strength and conditioning and individual preparation.

publication date

  • 2019