Field hockey is a fun sport to keep physically active and enjoy the health benefits of exercise. Participating in hockey, however, also entails a risk of injury. Besides the high burden these injuries pose to public health, through associated costs, negative associations could make a child lose enthusiasm for participating in sports. Luckily, scientific knowledge has shown that it is possible to prevent sports injury with warming- up exercises.
Creating a safe sport environment is important for the Royal Dutch Hockey Association (KNHB), in partnership with the Dutch Consumer Safety Institute (VeiligheidNL) and Interpolis, created the Hockey Warming-up program. The program includes standardised exercises aiming at preventing hockey related injuries. The Hockey Warming-up program may protect the hockey players’ health and result in a safe sport environment for youth.
What is the effectiveness of the Warming-up program on preventing hockey related injuries in children aged 10 – 17 years?
Research design and methods
This prospective cohort study will be conducted during the 2016-2017 Dutch hockey season. It will be a so-called “natural experiment”, which means that the study will be performed alongside the implementation of the warming-up program in Dutch hockey clubs. The control clubs will be asked to continue their usual practice during the course of the study.
Data that will be collected are
baseline questions on the youth hockey players (completed by parents through an online form);
weekly hockey participation of all players (registered by coaches through an electronic spreadsheet);
when a player gets injured, the details of the hockey related injury (registered by parents through an online form or phone contact);
coaches will be contacted at the end of the hockey season to ask them about their experiences with the Hockey Warming-up program.
Collecting prospective data (online and by phone)
Data management (data gathering and input in the study database)
Interpreting data and reporting results
A brief report in English
Period 1: September-December 2016
September: reading and meeting participant teams
October – November: collecting data online and storing data in the database November – December: analysing data and reporting data
Period 2: January-April 2017
January: reading and meeting participant teams
February – March: collecting data online and storing data in the database March – April: analysing data and reporting data
*Expected weekly dedication can be agreed upon. It is also possible to attend both periods of the internship.
Basic level of computer usage
Proficiency in English and Dutch
Where will the internship take place
VU University Medical Center Amsterdam. A room with other trainees is available.
The intern will be able to participate in the meetings of the Department of Public and Occupational Health (once every 2 weeks) and ACHSS (monthly).
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