Awareness and Use of Current Sports Injury Prevention Programs among Physiotherapists Worldwide

Keywords: athletes, injuries, sports, physical therapy, surveys and questionnaires, internationality

Abstract

Purpose. Physiotherapists are trained to prevent, assess, and rehabilitate all kinds of injuries including sports injury. The goal of the physical therapist should be making sure that the athlete is in optimal shape to perform, with a minimal risk for developing an injury. This study aims to assess the physiotherapists’ awareness, implementation, and views of sports injury prevention programs (IPPs) from an international perspective.

Materials and methods. A self-administered questionnaire was developed and distributed to physiotherapists worldwide through World Physiotherapy member organizations. The study targeted physiotherapists at an international level. The study included 484 participants, of whom 44.4% were male and 55.6% were female physiotherapists.

Results. A total of 287 (59.3%) of the participants were aware of the current sports IPPs, 177 (36.6%) were implementing sports IPPs in their current practice. Participants who implemented the sports IPPs reported a positive opinion about the program efficacy, with a score of 7.3 ± 2.11 out of 10. 

Conclusions. Globally, physiotherapists have average awareness and low implementation levels of IPPs. Physiotherapists showed a positive score regarding the effectiveness of IPPS, especially the KIPP and the iSPRINT.

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Author Biographies

Wesam Saleh A. Al Attar, Umm Al Qura University

The University of Sydney; University of Basel
Department of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Applied Medical Sciences,
PO Box: 715, Makkah, 21955, Saudi Arabia
wsattar@uqu.edu.sa

Saud Alarifi, King Abdulaziz Medical City

Department of Physiotherapy,
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Arifis@ngha.med.sa

Hussain Ghulam, Najran University

Department of Physiotherapy, Faculty of Applied Medical Sciences,
Najran, Saudi Arabia
hsghulam@nu.edu.sa

Sameer Yamani, Umm Al Qura University

Department of Physiotherapy, Faculty of Applied Medical Sciences,
PO Box: 715, Makkah, 21955, Saudi Arabia
s44181087@st.uqu.edu.sa

Eyad Alharbi, Umm Al Qura University

Department of Physiotherapy, Faculty of Applied Medical Sciences,
PO Box: 715, Makkah, 21955, Saudi Arabia
s44180839@st.uqu.edu.sa

Majed Aljabri, Umm Al Qura University

Department of Physiotherapy, Faculty of Applied Medical Sciences,
PO Box: 715, Makkah, 21955, Saudi Arabia
s44180650@st.uqu.edu.sa

Ross H. Sanders, The University of Sydney

Discipline of Exercise and Sport Science,
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences,
Australia 
ross.sanders@sydney.edu.au

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Al Attar, W. S. A., Alarifi, S., Ghulam, H., Yamani, S., Alharbi, E., Aljabri, M., & Sanders, R. (2021). Awareness and Use of Current Sports Injury Prevention Programs among Physiotherapists Worldwide. Teorìâ Ta Metodika Fìzičnogo Vihovannâ, 21(4), 365-374. https://doi.org/10.17309/tmfv.2021.4.12
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