A Phenomenological Exploration of Neck Brace Use in Motocross.

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Date: Dec. 2, 2022
Publisher: United States Sports Academy
Document Type: Article
Length: 6,342 words
Lexile Measure: 1460L

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Purpose: Despite the evidence indicating a decreased risk of cervical injury with the use of neck bracing in motocross, the frequency of usage appears limited. Given that little academic attention has been focused on the perception and prevention of these injuries, it is unclear why athletes have not more widely adopted the practice of wearing this safety device. This study sought to understand why. Methods: A phenomenological a pproach was employed, and semi-structured interviews conducted with riders during three random weekend motocross practices at one track in the southeastern U.S. Results: Themes surrounding physical discomfort and mental distraction; personal experiences; skepticism about the efficacy of neck braces; and an exceedingly few external influences emerged from the data set. Conclusions: Regardless of which ca mp riders subscribed to, most indicated a strong opinion on and adherence to their choice to use or not use a neck brace during motocross. Flow was central to this decision. Applications in Sport: A clear understanding of why athletes decide to wear or not wear neck braces in motocross would help various stakeholders identify barriers to device use, develop better methods for encouraging its adoption, and improve the overall safety of athletes participating in the popular but understudied sport. Key Words: Extreme Sports; Injury Prevention; Flow; Sport Safety Devices; Sports Equipment

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Gale Document Number: GALE|A731239955