In this study, authors explored perspectives on sports injury prevention of Belgium Olympic level athletes, coaches, managers and healthcare providers from various Olympic sports. The researchers conducted a qualitative study, including 17 semi structured interviews. All interviews were transcribed verbatim and analyzed by two independent coders through constant comparative data analysis based on Grounded Theory principles.
The findings overview the athlete’s journey to becoming an elite athlete, and how an elite sports context influences and modulates injury prevention practice at this level. Participants described an elite athletic career as a continuous and adaptive evolving process. According to athletes and all stakeholders, sports injury prevention is a learning process shaped by individual experiences. This embodiment provides athletes with insight into the importance of ownership of their bodies and self-awareness.