Coaches’ and referees’ perceptions of the BokSmart injury prevention programme

Straight back from his honeymoon, James Brown received the good news that this study from his PhD thesis has now been published in the International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching. As a recap, the South African Rugby Union launched the BokSmart nationwide injury prevention programme to reduce rugby- related catastrophic injuries. The aim of this qualitative study was to evaluate the coaches and referees’ perceptions of the implementation of the BokSmart programme. Seven focus groups were conducted with coaches (43) and referees (7) from a variety of socioeconomic status and age groups. The RE-AIM framework was used to categorize the findings. There was consensus that BokSmart was capable of reducing catastrophic injuries in players. However, coaches’ perceptions varied by socioeconomic status: mid/low socioeconomic status coaches described infrastructure-related barriers. Referees felt incapable of policing all BokSmart regulations. In general, most coaches, referees and trainers felt that the training course could be shorter and more practical. The barriers identified in this study could be hindering optimal BokSmart imple- mentation. These barriers differed by role (coach/referee) and socioeconomic status of the coaches (high, mid or low). 

Brown JC, Verhagen E, van Mechelen W, Lambert MI, Draper CE. Coaches and referees perceptions of the BokSmart injury prevention programme. International journal of Sports Science & Coaching. 2016 DOI: 10.1177/1747954116667100.