Table 1

Categories of questions used on the survey, their alignment to the health belief model (HBM) and the Reach, Efficacy/Effectiveness, Adoption, Implementation and Maintenance (RE-AIM) framework, and players' summary responses (percentage of responding players)

Theoretical alignmentPercentage of players giving this response*
Broad category/themeRE-AIM dimension relevant toHBM construct related toStrongly agree/agreeUncertainStrongly disagree/disagree
Attending a university lab for testing
 I would visit a university to test my AFL§ skills if I thought this would help me to play betterECA64.715.719.6
 I would visit a university to test my AFL skills if I thought this would decrease my risk of LLIECA58.220.521.3
 Doing additional training outside a club setting
 I would do extra training at home if I thought it would help me to play betterE, ACA87.08.44.6
 I would do extra training at home if I thought this would decrease my risk of LLIE, ACA71.417.011.6
Beliefs about injury outcomes
 Injuries usually do not stop you missing more than one gameAPSv28.820.450.8
 I would stop playing if I got an LLIIPBe30.429.540.1
 I feel under pressure to continue to play in a game when I am injuredMPBa30.313.256.5
 Players who continue to play with LLIs are likely to suffer physical problems later in lifeMPSv70.722.56.8
 I would play with an LLI if it meant we got into the finalsMPBa87.38.64.1
Beliefs about injury prevention and training
 LLIs can be prevented by stricter refereeing in gamesRPBe10.026.463.6
 Attending AFL training prevents LLIsAPBe49.332.018.7
 LLIs can be prevented by doing specific training and exercisesEPBe74.419.95.7
Beliefs about injury risk
 Preventing LLIs is not a large concern for me at my level of playAPSu26.817.355.8
 Players do not need to be fully rehabilitated from an LLI before playing AFL againEPSv24.319.556.2
 Ankle injuries are more common than knee injuries in AFLRPSu29.551.219.2
 I would be targeted by opposition if I wore visible protective equipmentAPBa31.129.739.2
 Lower-limb injuries in AFL are often caused by foul playRNA11.918.469.7
 AFL has a high risk of LLIsRPSu77.717.15.2
Responsibility for injury prevention and source of knowledge
 The coach is in charge of preventing injuries at training sessionsISE13.818.268.0
 Team coaches/physiotherapists have taught me what I know about preventing LLIsISE59.416.823.8
 Team mates have taught me what I know about preventing LLIsISE25.921.752.4
Beliefs about training
 People who train more can play harderAPBe78.47.314.3
 Players who do not attend training regularly get injuredAPBe44.336.119.6
 Training should focus more on improving game performance than on preventing injuriesR, APBa64.118.917.0
  • * Percentage of those with valid (non-missing) responses to the question

  • RE-AIM dimensions: R, reach; E, effectiveness; A, adoption; I, implementation; M, maintenance

  • HBM constructs: CA, cues to action; NA, not applicable (not every question related to an HBM construct); Pba, perceived barriers; Pbe, perceived benefits; Psu, perceived susceptibility; PSv, perceived severity; SE, self-efficacy.

  • § Although the name of the game is Australian Football, in New South Wales where this study was conducted it is more commonly referred to as to Australian Football League (AFL), and so that terminology was used in the survey.

  • LLI, lower-limb injury.