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The design, development, implementation and evaluation of IRISweb; a rugby-specific web-based injury surveillance system

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posted on 2022-08-24, 12:05 authored by Caithriona YeomansCaithriona Yeomans, Ian KennyIan Kenny, Róisin Máire Cahalan, Giles WarringtonGiles Warrington, Andrew HarrisonAndrew Harrison, Kevin Hayes, MARK LYONSMARK LYONS, Mark CampbellMark Campbell, Liam GlynnLiam Glynn, Thomas M. Comyns
Objectives: To describe the development, implementation and evaluation of a comprehensive injury surveillance system.Design: The four phases;i) A survey of 58 medical professionals working in amateur rugby.ii) The design of a web-based injury surveillance system (IRISweb).iii) Recruitment of 21 of the top 58 amateur clubs to use IRISweb.iv) An evaluation survey of the 21 participating clubs.Setting: Irish amateur rugby clubs.Participants: Medical professionals working in amateur rugby.Main outcome measures: Phase one investigated the injury monitoring practices in operation prior to the IRIS project. Phase four investigated the effectiveness and usefulness of IRISweb.Results: Twenty-one clubs were recruited, however 2 clubs failed to provide a full season of data (10% dropout rate). Eighty-two percent of the remaining 19 clubs rated IRISweb as 'good' or 'very good'. Facilitators of injury surveillance were; increased player adherence (65%) and notifications to update the system (59%), however, poor player adherence (71%) and medical staff availability (24%) were the main barriers.Conclusions: The IRIS project is the first prospective long-term injury surveillance system in Irish amateur rugby, effectively tracking injuries to guide future evidence-based injury prevention strategies. This study highlights facilitators and barriers to injury surveillance within amateur sport. (C) 2018 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.



Physical Therapy in Sport;35, pp. 79-88





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Irish Rugby Injury Surveillance, Irish Rugby Football Union


This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Physical Therapy in Sport. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Physical Therapy in Sport Volume 35, January 2019, Pages 79-88



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