ERIC Number: ED098150
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972
Reference Count: N/A
An Epidemologic Study of High School Football Injuries in North Carolina--1968-1972. Final Report.
Blyth, Carl S.; Mueller, Frederick O.
This report describes a study to demonstrate the effectiveness of applying epidemiologic methods in determining the extent of the problem of high school football injuries in North Carolina and to interrelate certain variables associated with the problem of risk in athletics. It provides a descriptive baseline of data on high school football injuries upon which to design and evaluate further analytic and experimental study. During the 1968 football season, a pilot study was performed a) to determine if the interview items were yielding the desired information, b) to provide a training opportunity for interviewers, and c) to establish a workable schedule for interview visits to participating schools. During the study years 1969-1972, data were obtained from 8,776 student athletes at 43 schools. Of this number 4,287 were injured. Raw data were classified, coded, and placed in computer-acceptable form for analysis. Principal findings are summarized that relate to distribution of injuries; environmental variables; host variables; activity at time of injury; the agent of the injury; coaches' background and experience; and data related to type, condition, and fit of protective equipment. Data upon which to implement countermeasures to protect the student athlete from harm are included. Also, a 279-item bibliography is included, and interview forms, equipment data forms, coding and classification specification, and helmet fit criteria are appended. (PD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Consumer Product Safety Commission, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: North Carolina Univ., Chapel Hill. Dept. of Physical Education.
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina