Table 1

Characteristics of respondents (n=146)

Staff n=18
n (%)
Parent n=72
n (%)
Player n=56
n (%)
Competition*Under 16
Under 19
School (14–18)
1 (5.6%)
9 (50.0%)
8 (44.4%)
6 (8.3%)
0 (0%)
65 (90.3%)
2 (3.6%)
6 (10.7%)
46 (82.1%)
Gender of respondentMale
Female
14 (77.8%)
4 (22.2%)
45 (62.5%)
27 (37.5%)
56 (100%)
0 (0%)
Current roleCoach
Team Manager
Director of Rugby
Physiotherapist
Strength and Conditioning staff
8 (44.4%)
5 (27.8%)
1 (5.6%)
2 (11.1%)
2 (11.1%)
NANA
Years of work experience1–10 years
2–5 years
5–10 years
>10 years
2 (11.1%)
5 (27.8%)
5 (27.8%)
6 (33.3%)
NANA
Highest level of play†Community/Club/School National
International
Not applicable
8 (44.4%)
3 (16.7%)
5 (27.8%)
0 (0%)
39 (54.2%)
6 (8.3%)
1 (1.4%)
26 (36.1%)
38 (69.1%)
14 (25.5%)
3 (5.5%)
0 (0%)
  • *Competition refers to the competition level that the player, their parent or the staff member is involved in. Under 16 and Under 19 refer to state-based development squads.

  • †The highest level of play achieved by the respondent personally.

  • NA, not applicable.