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Evaluating SafeClub: Can risk management training improve the safety activities of community soccer clubs?
  1. Kristy L Abbott (kristya{at}youthsafe.org)
  1. Youthsafe, Australia
    1. Paul Klarenaar (klarenaar{at}hotmail.com)
    1. Northern Sydney Central Coast Health, Australia
      1. Alex Donaldson (a.donaldson{at}ballarat.edu.au)
      1. The University of Ballarat, Australia
        1. Shauna Sherker (shauna.sherker{at}unsw.edu.au)
        1. NSW Injury Risk Management Research Centre, The University of New South Wales, Australia

          Abstract

          Objective: To evaluate a sports safety-focused risk management training program. Design: Controlled pre–post test. Setting: Four community soccer associations in Sydney, Australia. Participants: 76 clubs (32 intervention, 44 control) at baseline, 67 clubs (27, 40) at post season and 12 month follow-up. Intervention: SafeClub—a sports safety-focused risk management training program (3 x 2 hour sessions) based on adult learning principles and injury prevention concepts and models. Main outcome measures: Changes in mean Policy, Infrastructure and Safety scores as measured using a modified version of the Sports Safety Audit Tool. Results: There was no significant difference in the mean Policy, Infrastructure and Safety scores of intervention and control clubs at baseline. Intervention clubs achieved higher post-season mean Policy (11.9 intervention vs. 7.5 controls), Infrastructure (15.2 vs. 10.3) and Safety (27.0 vs. 17.8) scores when compared with controls. These differences were greater at 12 month follow-up: Policy (16.4 vs. 7.6); Infrastructure (24.7 vs. 10.7); and Safety (41.1 vs. 18.3). General Linear Modelling indicated that intervention clubs achieved statistically significantly higher Policy (p<0.001), Infrastructure (p<0.001) and Safety (p<0.001) scores when compared to control clubs at post-season and 12 month follow-up. There was also a significant linear interaction of Time and Group for all three scores: Policy (p<0.001), Infrastructure (p<0.001) and Safety (p<0.001). Conclusions: SafeClub effectively assisted clubs to improve their sports safety activities, particularly the foundations and processes for good risk management practice, in a sustainable way.

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