Table 2

Actions and strategies to address barriers and promote motivators and enablers to sports safety policy development and implementation for New South Wales, Australia

Identify a credible leaderGovernment’s Department of Sport and Recreation is a credible leader
Gain widespread supportInclude all significant stakeholders on the Sports Safety Reference Group
Gain endorsement of the Sports Safety Guidelines by all respected stakeholders
Reframe “safety” so that it appeals to the drivers in each key stakeholder group; eg, for sporting organisations this may be improvement in team performance, reduced risk of successful litigation, higher participation levels, rather than the “cost of injury”*
Build capacity, create supportive organisational infrastructure, and develop sustainabilityProvide educational and training opportunities. Trainers should have expertise in safety-related risk management, not just legal or insurance expertise. *Training should include support for organisational change and establishing the required organisational management structure (leadership, commitment, communication, designated responsibility, regular review, resourcing/budget, regular item on agenda, etc) to ensure safety becomes “core business”*
Align training with existing resources and programmes, including risk management programmes such as those already being delivered by the Government’s Department of Sport and Recreation
Link adoption of Sports Safety Guidelines to funding from, and reporting to, the Government’s Department of Sport and Recreation*
Advocate for the Government’s Department of Health and the insurance industry to provide timely and relevant sports injury data*
Address all the capacity building requirements to promote ongoing implementation and long-term sustainability*
Produce universally applicable materialSports Safety Guidelines should be process-oriented and enable sporting organisations to adapt them to suit their needs. They should not specify mandatory or prescriptive micro-level safety policies to be adopted by all
Generate a demand for safe sporting opportunitiesEducate sport participants and parents of participants about safety, and how to identify safe clubs. Use existing networks
Empower volunteersSports Safety Guidelines should be quick and simple to use. Provide tools, resources, and templates to lessen the workload. Provide case studies by way of example, and guidance on where to go for further information
Disseminate effectivelyInvite all key stakeholders to champion the Sports Safety Guidelines to their members
Use the existing communication networks of all key stakeholders to disseminate the Sports Safety Guidelines
Address geographic remotenessEnsure specific needs of regional and rural providers are identified and addressed*
  • * Conclusion drawn by the research team after all phases of the research.

  • Identified during the survey, interview, discussion forum, or roundtable meeting.