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ERIC Number: EJ1172054
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Apr
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1059-8405
Exertional Heat Illness among Secondary School Athletes: Statewide Policy Implications
Rodgers, Jill; Slota, Peggy; Zamboni, Beth
Journal of School Nursing, v34 n2 p156-164 Apr 2018
Exertional heat illness (EHI) is a leading cause of preventable death among student athletes. While causes and preventative measures for EHI are known, school districts may not be implementing evidence-based practices. This descriptive, exploratory study explored school policies, resources, and practices of coaches in a mid-Atlantic state in the prevention and identification of EHI; 397 responded. Ninety-three percent knew of EHI, but only 52% scheduled acclimatization. Coaches reporting a heat emergency plan (56%) were significantly more likely to follow other evidence-based recommendations: altering equipment (p < 0.0001, odds ratio [OR] = 2.53), monitoring environment (p < 0.0001, OR = 2.56), providing acclimatization (p < 0.0001, OR = 2.50), having athletic trainers at practices (p < 0.0001, OR = 4.75), and believed that they could handle the emergency until EMS arrival (p < 0.001, OR = 2.48). School districts should comply with evidence-based guidelines. School nurses play a key role in education, developing emergency plans and training coaches in first aid.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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