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"Who me? I thought you would never ask!” Applying qualitative methods in sports injury prevention research (PhD Academy Award)
  1. Caroline Bolling
  1. Amsterdam Collaboration on Health & Safety in Sports, Department of Public and Occupational Health, Amsterdam Movement Sciences, Amsterdam UMC, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  1. Correspondence to Caroline Bolling, Department of Public and Occupational Health, Amsterdam UMC, Locatie VUmc, 1081 HV Amsterdam, Netherlands; c.silveirabolling{at}

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What did I do?

In my thesis I aimed to explore how injury prevention happens in sports practice, and to describe the perspectives of various stakeholders with regard to injury and its prevention. I studied 3 high-performance contexts, namely elite sports, professional dance and circus arts.

Why did I do it?

There is ample evidence that shows it is possible to prevent sports injuries.1 Unfortunately, prevention approaches are not translated into lasting real-world effects that truly benefit athletes. As a physiotherapist who has worked for over 10 years with elite athletes, professional dancers and Cirque du Soleil artists, I was always challenged to apply the best available evidence for my patients. However, that evidence was typically not developed considering a practical context.2 I recognised many times that the evidence-based interventions did …

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  • Contributors CSB is the solo author of this manuscript.

  • Funding Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico, Ministry of Science and Technology, Brazil (202242/2015-3).

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.