Table 1

Main codes and related quotes on the dimension ‘the attitudes of coaches to injury prevention’

Higher-order themeLower-order theme
Coaches value prevention and identification of risk factorsKnowledge of injury prevention‘Even these [different software applications] where players write in and give details about their muscle soreness and their fatigue. That’s all fine, it’s good information, but how do I adjust the programme that they’re on to make it beneficial for the player? It would all be guess work. It wouldn’t be based on anything scientific. My knowledge wouldn’t be sufficient. It would be purely based on what I think might be a solution. But, in reality, it might not be a solution’.
Identification of risk factors‘From an injury causing [point of view], obviously matches are a higher intensity. With the [amount of] travel, there’s obviously more tendency not to recover properly from matches. [Both] from match to match and from training to training’.
Injury prevention methods‘To try to prevent injuries, we would incorporate a number of different things into our sessions. Appropriate activation techniques and appropriate conditioning would be the main ways. Also, effective warm up, effective cool down. Then there’s your recovery strategies, whether it’s pool recovery or a massage. We often try different things’.
Player safety and welfare are the priorityManagement of fatigue‘I would probably tell the player that if he’s constantly feeling this tiredness, he certainly wouldn’t be under any pressure to play. I would probably advise him to get some sort of expert advice to get it sorted out as soon as possible. Ultimately, the player welfare and the injury have to be of most importance’.
Reaction to serious injury‘You would have to take the medical advice. Because you’re leaving yourself wide open to a court case if you don’t. If that player collapsed or had some sort of brain injury because you put them on the pitch when you were told they shouldn’t be, it’s on you. If a player is concussed, you also have to believe that they’re not in a fit state to make a good decision’.
Management of chronic injury‘[I would] talk to the player and see. If it’s not going to do anymore damage, we would taper his workload. If he pulls up, he doesn’t play. If he can get through it, then I’m in a position that we can taper his pitch time to make sure that we can get him on the pitch. And if it’s beneficial that way, then it’s fine, keep playing’.