Medical Availability in Delaware High School Athletics

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Georgia Southern University

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Elder, Heather M.
ETD; Athletic training; Certified athletic trainer; Delaware; High school; Physician; High school athletes; Jack N. Averitt College of Graduate Studies, Electronic Theses & Dissertations, ETDs, Student Research
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The purpose of this study was to assess the current availability of medical personnel, emergency equipment, and medical documentation in Delaware high school athletic programs. A survey was sent via email to the fifty one athletic directors of high schools in Delaware and twenty nine (56.8%) were returned completed. Survey responses show twenty eight (96.5%) Delaware high schools had an athletic trainer available to participating athletes. All schools had either an athletic trainer, physician, or nurse present at football games. For practices, coaches and athletic trainers were the most common professionals available. As required by the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association, all coaches had CPR certifications. However, 60.7% of schools reported less than 50% of coaches with current first aid certification. Delaware should require all coaches to complete first aid certification with the CPR certification. They should also require athletic trainers at all sport events instead of just football.