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The Relationship between High School Coaches’ Injury Beliefs and Practices

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In this paper, we describe high school coaches’ beliefs and knowledge pertaining to sports injury and their readiness for the practice of high school injury prevention.


A mixed-methods approach was used to assess 111 Florida high school coaches’ beliefs and knowledge related to sports injury, readiness for injury prevention practice, and the relationship between coaches’ beliefs, knowledge and readiness.


Whereas only 22% of respondents exhibited high injury susceptibility beliefs, levels of self-efficacy were strongly related to particular injury prevention behaviors. Coaches who employed medical staff were 4 times more likely to implement prevention programs and have emergency plans.


This research supports coaches having access to evidence-based injury prevention programs and policies should be developed on the need for coaches to execute prevention programs.
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Keywords: adolescent health; high school coaches; injury prevention; school safety policy; sports injury

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: University of South Florida Center for Urban Transportation Research ( CUTR), Tampa, FL. 2: University of South Florida College of Public Health, Tampa, FL, USA 3: College of Health and Human Services, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ, USA 4: University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Albequerque, NM, USA 5: University of South Florida College of Engineering, Tampa, FL, USA

Publication date: July 1, 2018

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