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Pressure. A Qualitative Analysis of the Perception of Concussion and Injury Risk in Retired Professional Rugby Players

Daly, Ed, White, Adam, BLACKETT, Alexander and Ryan, Lisa (2021) Pressure. A Qualitative Analysis of the Perception of Concussion and Injury Risk in Retired Professional Rugby Players. Journal of Functional Morphology and Kinesiology, 6 (3). p. 78. ISSN 2411-5142

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This study interviewed retired professional rugby union players (≤10 years since retire-ment) to discuss their careers in the game of rugby union. The primary aim of the study was to document their understanding of concussion knowledge and the analogies they use to describe con-cussion. In addition, these interviews were used to determine any explicit and implicit pressures of playing professional rugby as described by ex-professional rugby players. Overall, 23 retired pro-fessional rugby players were interviewed. The participants had played the game of rugby union (n = 23) at elite professional standard. A semi-structured individual interview design was conducted with participants between June to August 2020. The research team reviewed the transcripts to iden-tify the major themes from the interviews using a reflexive thematic analysis approach. Four major themes were identified: (1) medical and theoretical understanding of concussion, (2) descriptions of concussion and disassociated language, (3) personal concussion experience, and (4) peer influences on concussion within the sport. These were further divided into categories and subcategories. The interviews highlighted that players did not fully understand the ramifications of concussive injury and other injury risk, as it became normalised as part of their sport. This normalisation was sup-ported by trivialising the seriousness of concussions and using dismissive language amongst them-selves as players, or with coaching staff. As many of these ex-professional players are currently coaching rugby (48%), these interviews could assist coaches in treating concussion

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: concussion; professional rugby union; long term health; brain injury
Faculty: School of Life Sciences and Education > Sport and Exercise
Depositing User: Alexander BLACKETT
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2021 11:00
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2021 04:30
URI: https://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/7041

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