Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Snowsport Safety Helmet Promotion for Adults During Recreational Skiing and Snowboarding
by Eytchison, Agnes Marie, D.N.P., Grand Canyon University, 2019, 156; 27738030
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this quantitative, direct practice improvement project was to increase adults’ intent to wear a snowsport safety helmet even with known limitations after participating in a focused educational intervention. The problem was, while the literature indicates snowsport safety helmets provide protection and should be recommended for adult winter alpine sport participants, it is not known if targeted education would make a positive influence increasing the incidence of helmet wear. The health belief model and theory of planned behavior provided the theoretical framework for the educational intervention of video and brochure about snowsport safety helmet use. The goal was to motivate a positive change among adults toward improved decision-making about wearing a helmet based on their increased awareness and perceptions of susceptibility, benefits, and self-efficacy. The project design was quasi-experimental to measure the intervention effectiveness using inferential analysis on data responses from a pre- and post-survey questionnaire. The project was conducted at a rural hospital facility in southwest Colorado over a two-week period. Thirty-four volunteer adults participated as a convenience sample with 30 (88.2%) locals and four (11.8%) tourists. Eight (26.7%) local adults and two (50%) of the four tourists reported no helmet use. The targeted education impacted the ten non- helmet wearers ([p = .016] 95% CI [-0.05, 0.65] for a change noted between the pre- and post-video responses. Based on the findings, the implications are targeted education may be an effective resource that providers can access and customize to their practice for improved patient health by reinforcing safety helmet use during winter sport.

Keywords: Concussion, skiing, snowboarding, safety helmet, traumatic brain injury

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Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Williams, Kristy H.
Commitee: Angel, Luke
School: Grand Canyon University
Department: College of Doctoral Studies
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-B 81/9(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Public Health Education, Neurosciences, Kinesiology
Keywords: Concussion, Safety helmet, Skiing, Snowboarding, Traumatic brain injury
Publication Number: 27738030
ISBN: 9781658485647
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