Injury Prevention Practices by Amateur Football Coaches in Gauteng South Africa

Siphesihle Mtshali, Hellen Myezwa, Nonceba Mbambo-Kekana, Kerith Aginsky

Abstract

Football coaches play a vital role in teaching safe playing skills and prevention strategies. However with perceived incongruence between existing scientific evidence, research and implementation in practice and delivery, there is no evidence for translation of research into practice. This study aimed to identify coaching practices on injury prevention in amateur football players. Ten institutions and their coaches registered in the University Sport of South Africa Gauteng Football League during the 2012 season agreed to participate in the study. A structured observation checklist was developed from the ten point action plan of the SportSmart injury prevention programme to observe practices of coaches. The coaches’ education was found to be limited to an introductory level and experience. Keeping attendance registers, type of stretches during warm up, availability of hydration and injury management during training sessions were aspects not practised by the coaches. This paper presents aspects the coaches were focusing on, which may influence injury prevention. Sixty percent of the items in the observation checklist were not taken into account by the majority of coaches. Some of the omissions such as type of stretches have the potential to increase the risk of injury among the players.

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Mtshali S., Myezwa H., Mbambo-Kekana N. and Aginsky K. (2014). Injury Prevention Practices by Amateur Football Coaches in Gauteng South Africa . In Proceedings of the 2nd International Congress on Sports Sciences Research and Technology Support - Volume 1: icSPORTS, ISBN 978-989-758-057-4, pages 57-63. DOI: 10.5220/0005160700570063


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@conference{icsports14,
author={Siphesihle Mtshali and Hellen Myezwa and Nonceba Mbambo-Kekana and Kerith Aginsky},
title={Injury Prevention Practices by Amateur Football Coaches in Gauteng South Africa},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 2nd International Congress on Sports Sciences Research and Technology Support - Volume 1: icSPORTS,},
year={2014},
pages={57-63},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0005160700570063},
isbn={978-989-758-057-4},
}


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TY - CONF
JO - Proceedings of the 2nd International Congress on Sports Sciences Research and Technology Support - Volume 1: icSPORTS,
TI - Injury Prevention Practices by Amateur Football Coaches in Gauteng South Africa
SN - 978-989-758-057-4
AU - Mtshali S.
AU - Myezwa H.
AU - Mbambo-Kekana N.
AU - Aginsky K.
PY - 2014
SP - 57
EP - 63
DO - 10.5220/0005160700570063