The purpose of this study was to determine if athletic trainers have a positive impact on high school athletes’ knowledge of injury prevention strategies and/or their incorporation of that knowledge into practice. A survey was distributed to incoming college freshmen athletes during their pre-participation physical. The survey contained demographic data and question blocks that assessed a) the subject’s knowledge of an injury prevention strategy, b) source(s) of knowledge and c) whether he/she incorporates it into training. It was found that athletes with access to an athletic trainer reported 17% more knowledge (p = 0.015) and reported incorporating that knowledge into their training 33% more often(p = 0.003). Several other statistics were analyzed using the demographic information to create several sub-populations. The majority showed no significant difference, but some data was found that shows the need for future research.
|Commitee:||Bellali, Patricia, Vargas, Tiffanye|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 56/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Health sciences, Kinesiology|
|Keywords:||High school athletics, Injury prevention, Preventive care, Youth sport|
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