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Infographic: We have the programme, what next? Developing a plan of action to implement injury prevention exercise programmes in community sport
  1. Sheree Bekker1,
  2. Alex Donaldson2,
  3. Caroline F Finch1
  1. 1 Australian Centre for Research into Injury in Sport and its Prevention, Federation University Australia, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia
  2. 2 College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce, La Trobe Business School, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Caroline F Finch; c.finch{at}

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Exercise programmes to prevent injuries, such as lower-limb injuries that are common in community Australian Football,1 exist but are not widely used. Often, such programmes are developed using research evidence and clinical best practice without consideration of real-world implementation factors. This means that work still needs to be done to make them suitable for use in community sports settings.2 Implementing evidence-based injury prevention exercise programmes into ‘real world’ practice remains challenging.2 A ‘plan of action’ to implement such interventions seems to help coaches use them. However, there is little guidance about how best to create such a plan. Donaldson and colleagues3 describe how researchers developed a ‘plan of action’ for implementing the …

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  • Contributors SB developed this content. AD and CFF provided important feedback on intellectual content.

  • Funding This study was funded by a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Partnership Project Grant (ID 565907) with additional support (in cash and in kind) from the project partner agencies: the AustralianFootball League (AFL); Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth); NSW Sporting Injuries Committee (NSWSIC); JLT Sport, a division of Jardine Lloyd Thompson, Australia; the Department of Planning and Community Development; Sport and Recreation Victoria Division (SRV) and Sports Medicine Australia National and Victorian Branches (SMA). AD’s salary was funded by this research grant. CFF was supported by an NHMRC Principal Research Fellowship (ID1058737). BJG was supported by an NHMRC Career Development Fellowship (ID1048731). JC was supported by an NHMRC practitioner fellowship (ID058493). The Australian Centre for Research into Injury in Sport and its Prevention (ACRISP) is one of the International Research Centres for the Prevention of Injury and Protection of Athlete Health supported by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

  • Competing interests None declared.

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