Australian Collaboration for Research into Injury in Sport and its Prevention (ACRISP)

Cricket injury epidemiology among female cricketers in Australia

Project title Injury surveillance in women's cricket in Australia
Principal researcher Professor Caroline Finch (email: c.finch@federation.edu.au)
Other student researchers

Dr Joanne Kemp (email: j.kemp@federation.edu.au)

Ms Nirmala Perera (email: nk.perera@federation.edu.au)

Survey about injuries in women's cricket

As the number one summer sport in terms of participants, spectators and media coverage, cricket is integral to Australian culture. Cricket is becoming a popular sporting activity among females in Australia and professional female competitions such as women's T20 have recently been established.

Injuries sustained by cricketers vary depending on the playing position. Fast bowlers report some of the highest injury rates but, to date, the study of these injuries has predominately focused on men. In other sports such as soccer, basketball and ice hockey, the types of injuries experienced by men and women are known to be different. It can be argued that direct extrapolation of information from male to female cricket players may not be appropriate due to differences in a range of factors such as skill level, bowling pace, physical development, workloads and match fixtures.

Sports participants can sustain injuries, but most of they are preventable. In spite of the emerging popularity of the game among females, the extent of the impact of cricket injuries remains unclear. Therefore, it is important to investigate the impact of injury from the perspective of female cricket players.

The aim of this project is to provide a first ever description of how injuries impact sport participation from the perspective of female cricketers in Australia and to make recommendations to the governing body, Cricket Australia, for future injury prevention. This research will be conducted by Ms Nirmala Perera (known as Nim Perera), a PhD scholar at the Australian Centre for Research into Injury in Sports and its Prevention (ACRISP) at Federation University Australia under the supervision of Professor Caroline Finch (Director of ACRISP) and Dr Joanne Kemp (Research Fellow at ACRISP).

We have invited you to participate in this research project because you are a registered player with Cricket Australia and we are interested in hearing from you. This Plain Language Information Statement provides additional information about the project to help you decide whether or not to participate in this research project.

You can participate in this study if, during the 2014-15 season, you

  • were a registered player with Cricket Australia for 2014-15 season
  • were aged 16+ years
  • played all or only part of the season
  • if you were injured or if you had no injury.

What does the study involve?

  • Participation is voluntary.
  • Participation is anonymous because we do not require your name or contact details.
  • You will be asked to complete a short questionnaire about your injury experience while playing and training in the 2014-15 cricket season and, if you agree to participate, it will take about 15-20 minutes of your time to complete the online survey.

How do you give your consent to participate in the study?

  • When you click 'yes' (at the start of the survey) to having read this Plain Language Information Statement, it means you have read and understood the information and that you are providing your informed consent to take part in the research.
  • Also consent will be documented at the final section of the survey.

How will your privacy be protected?

  • Although you will be asked to provide some basic information about yourself (age, gender, state, playing level, etc.), this will remain confidential within legal limitations.
  • Only the named researchers will have access to the raw data and the information and answers you provide will be password protected.
  • Storage of the data collected will adhere to the Federation University Australia regulations and will be kept securely on electronically on a password-protected computer and University premises for 5 years after the study has finished. Electronic files will be deleted from password protected computers and all hard copy data will be shredded. The data may be used for comparative purposes in future research within that period.
  • The final study report and any resulting conference or journal publications will contain the combined results from all participants. Individuals will not be identifiable.

What are your rights?

Participation in this survey is voluntary. Your decision to participate or not, will have no repercussions from the research team, your club or the Cricket Australia, and your choice does not require any explanation. You are free to decline or withdraw your involvement, without giving reason, up until the time you press 'submit' on the survey. Following submission, we will not be able to differentiate your results from any other player because we will have not collected any personal details, and so will not be able to identify your responses.

What do you get out of this research project?

The study participants will receive indirect benefits from this study. The findings from this study provide important information to Cricket Australia, to inform them about the necessary steps (e.g. modifications of rules and regulations in the game, better education to coaches) to ensure cricket is played in a safe manner.

There is negligible risk associated with taking part in this research and we do not anticipate that you will become distressed in any way due to your participation. However, should you feel concerned, or if any of the questions cause you distress, we encourage you to discuss these concerns with a member of the research team, via the contact details provided below. In addition, if you feel distressed by participating in this study, you are encouraged to contact your general medical practitioner or Lifeline on 13 11 44.

If you have any questions, or you would like further information regarding the project titled Injury surveillance in women's cricket in Australia please contact Nim Perera (Ph: 03 5327 6419, email: nk.perera@federation.edu.au) or Professor Caroline Finch (Ph: 0353276338, email c.finch@federation.edu.au) at the Australian Centre for Research into Injury in Sport and its Prevention (ACRISP), Federation University Australia, Ballarat.

Should you (i.e. the participant) have any concerns about the ethical conduct of this research project, please contact the Federation University Ethics Officers, Research Services, Federation University Australia,

P O Box 663 Mt Helen Vic 3353 or Northways Rd, Churchill Vic 3842.

Telephone: (03) 5327 9765, (03) 5122 6446

Email: research.ethics@federation.edu.au

CRICOS Provider Number 00103D

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