Injury risk perception in Taekwondo: a cross-sectional study

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The purpose of this study was to examine the perception of injury risk in the taekwondo community. Members of the taekwondo community (N=298) completed an online survey in which they rated the perceived risk of injury across a range of different sports, including taekwondo. Overall, the respondents perceived the risk of injury in their own sport to be lower than that in other collision and contact sports, including popular combat sports such as boxing, mixed martial arts, judo, and karate. Males (odds ratio 0.50; P=0.006) and instructors/coaches (odds ratio 0.34; P<0.001) perceived the risk of injury to be significantly less compared to their female and athlete counterparts. Because behaviour is determined by perceived rather than actual risk, underestimation of injury risk and concomitant over-estimation of ability to negotiate risk may lead to an increased frequency of injury. Therefore, a comprehensive injury prevention strategy for combat sports such as taekwondo should ensure that erroneous beliefs and attitudes about injury risk among participants are addressed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)244-257
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Sport Psychology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2015


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