THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN TACKLE COACHING METHODS AND PLAYERS' TACKLE TRAINING ATTITUDES AND BEHAVIOURS

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Abstract

Background

The tackle event in rugby is a technical and physical contest between opposing players.

Background

A player's ability to tolerate and contest during a tackle is a prerequisite for safe participation and success in rugby. The attitude and behaviour of players towards safety have been identified as risk factors for injury. How a skill is coached may influence the player's attitude and actions when executing the skill in training and match play.

Objective

The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between tackle coaching methods and players' tackle training attitudes and behaviours.

Design

Cross-sectional Survey.

Setting

High Schools.

Participants

164 Under-19 rugby male players.

Assessment of Risk Factors

Questionnaire using a 5-point Likert scale for importance (attitude), quantity (behaviour) and frequency (behaviour).

Main Outcome Measurements

Associations between tackle coaching methods and players' tackle training attitudes and behaviours using the χ2 test and Cramer's V.

Results

The more time spent on coaching proper technique to prevent injuries, the higher players rated the importance of injury prevention (28% somewhat important-very important, χ2 (16)=29.13, p<0.05, Cramer's V=0.21, moderate). Verbal instruction from the coach, whether to the individual player (29% somewhat important-very important, χ2 (16)=30.41, p<0.05, Cramer's V=0.22, moderate) or team (34% somewhat important-very important, χ2 (16)=34.04, p<0.01, Cramer's V=0.23, moderate) was positively associated with how important players rated injury prevention.

Conclusions

This is the first study to report on the relationship between tackle coaching methods and players' tackle training attitudes and behaviours. When coaches offered verbal instruction and spent more time coaching proper technique to prevent injuries, players tended to have a more positive attitude toward injury prevention when training the tackle.

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