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4A.002 The impact of injury on insufficiently active women’s participation in sport/physical activity
  1. Kiera Staley1,
  2. Alex Donaldson1,
  3. Andrea Mosler2,
  4. Andrea Bruder2,
  5. Emma Seal1,
  6. Paul O’Halloran4,
  7. Adrienne Forsyth3,
  8. Kirsty Forsdike1
  1. 1Centre For Sport and Social Impact, La Trobe University, Bundoora, Australia
  2. 2La Trobe Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre, La Trobe University, Bundoora, Australia
  3. 3Sport Dietetics and Human Nutrition, La Trobe University, Bundoora, Australia
  4. 4Public Health, La Trobe University, Bundoora, Australia


Background Injury is a barrier to sport/physical activity (PA) participation, but the impact of this barrier for insufficiently active (not meeting minimum PA guidelines) women is unknown.

Method Insufficiently active women, who identified injury as a barrier to engagement in sport/PA, participated in an online concept mapping exercise.

Results Brainstorming (n=45) elicited 208 impacts of injury. After synthesis and editing, participants (n=25) sorted 94 impact statements into groups (mean no. of groups, 9.3; mode 6; range 4–15). Multidimensional scaling and hierarchical cluster analysis identified a nine-cluster solution listed from highest to lowest mean importance rating out of 5: Fear and frustration (17 statements;, importance 3.92); Physical implications of injury (15; 3.71); Activity restrictions (8; 3.66); Financial implications (4; 3.63); Worries (6; 3.46); Adjustment and management (14; 3.39); Mental and emotional wellbeing (14; 3.2); Impact on daily life (6; 3.03); and Social impact and engagement (10;2.82).

Conclusion The impact of injury extends beyond physical engagement in sport/PA. To increase PA in insufficiently active women who experience injury as a barrier, public/health professionals, governing sport bodies, insurance providers, and program deliverers need to be educated to understand the breadth of this barrier.

Learning Outcomes The impact of injury is multi-dimensional. Women who experience injury need access to evidence-based advice, affordable rehabilitation options, support (psychological/physical/logistical), and information about suitable sport/PA options. The program deliverer has an opportunity to provide information that will potentially reduce the impact of this barrier, see these women return to sport/PA earlier, and increase their levels of PA.

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