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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14(8), 946; doi:10.3390/ijerph14080946

Perceived Injury Risk among Junior Cricketers: A Cross Sectional Survey

Australian Centre for Research into Injury in Sport and Its Prevention (ACRISP), Federation University Australia, SMB Campus, P.O. Box 663, Ballarat VIC 3353, Australia
School of Health Science and Psychology, Faculty of Health, Federation University Australia, SMB Campus, P.O. Box 663, Ballarat VIC 3353, Australia
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Academic Editor: David A. Sleet
Received: 17 July 2017 / Revised: 11 August 2017 / Accepted: 16 August 2017 / Published: 22 August 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Child Injury Prevention 2017)
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Understanding how junior athletes perceive injury risks when participating in sport and the environment they play in is an important component of injury prevention. This study investigates how Sri Lankan junior cricketers (n = 365, aged 11–14 years, boys) perceive injury risks associated with playing cricket. The study used a Sri Lankan modification of an Australian junior cricket injury risk perception survey that considered playing cricket versus other sports, different cricket playing positions and roles, and different ground conditions. The risk of playing cricket was considered to be greater than that for cycling, but lower than that for rugby and soccer. Fast-bowlers, batters facing fast-bowlers, fielding close in the field, and wicket-keeping without a helmet were perceived to pose greater risks of injury than other scenarios. Playing on hard, bumpy and/or wet ground conditions were perceived to have a high risk opposed to playing on a grass field. Fielding in the outfield and wicket-keeping to fast-bowlers whilst wearing a helmet were perceived as low risk actions. The risk perceptions of junior cricketers identified in this study, do not necessarily reflect the true injury risk in some instances. This information will inform the development of injury prevention education interventions to address these risk perceptions in junior cricketers. View Full-Text
Keywords: junior cricket; injury risk; risk perceptions; behaviours junior cricket; injury risk; risk perceptions; behaviours

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Gamage, P.J.; Fortington, L.V.; Finch, C.F. Perceived Injury Risk among Junior Cricketers: A Cross Sectional Survey. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14, 946.

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