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M.S. Ed. (Master of Education)

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Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education


High school athletes--Education; Wounds and injuries--Treatment; Sports physical therapy; Sports injuries--Exercise therapy


Research in the orthopedic and non-orthopedic populations has found that there is a problem with rehabilitation adherence. Education is one variable that might encourage athletes to participate in sport injury rehabilitation. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to examine the effects of an educational intervention on rehabilitation adherence among high-school athletes. Subjects were 27 high-school athletes from four area high schools. Subjects were participating in various sports including baseball, basketball, softball, wrestling, tennis, track, and football. Subjects were randomly selected into one of two groups (educational and noneducational). Prior to the start of the study, an orientation was given to the NATA-certified athletic trainers at each of the high schools providing detailed instructions on what was expected of them during the study. Also at the orientation, group assignments were given to each high school. Subjects in the educational groups were given educational instructions about therapeutic treatment and therapeutic exercise along with directions on home treatment and exercises which they were to perform. The non-educational group was only given directions on the home treatment and exercises. Subjects in each group were instructed to return to the athletic trainer daily to report whether or not they performed their therapeutic treatment and exercises. Adherence was measured by dividing the number of sessions completed by the total number of prescribed sessions over a five-day period. Independent t-tests were done to compare the educational versus the non-educational group. Results showed there was no statistically significant difference between groups. In conclusion, this study showed that educational intervention given to high school athletes does not enhance rehabilitation adherence.


Includes bibliographical references (pages [15]-16)


59 pages




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