Date of Award

Fall 10-2015

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)



First Advisor

Dr. Paul Wright

Second Advisor

Dr. Terry Stewart

Third Advisor

Dr. Edward Gettemeier


This study was the result of a quantitative methods research design, which assessed: athletic training services, injury prevention at the time of the study, and intervention protocols for high schools within the Gateway Athletic Conference (GAC). This study explored the impact of injuries and concussions on student athletes. The study also examined the types of athletic training facilities, resources for rehabilitation, and procedures for athletic training programs available at the high school level in the GAC. The study uncovered some significant findings between the groups who were surveyed. The participants surveyed represented athletic trainers, athletic directors, and coaches. There were differences in how these groups viewed emergency care procedures, injury policies, and protocols. The differences ranged from views of job descriptions, written policies and procedures for emergency transportation, reporting and submitting accident reports, and regular review of the effectiveness of athletic training services. The groups did agree on most legal duties and responsibilities, general policies and procedures, injury management protocol and procedures, training room facilities, and operation questions. Blood -borne pathogens were an area in which notable improvement is needed, and there were some concerns with some of the data reporting injury statistics. Overall, the participants agreed with one another, but there were some differences throughout the study, as reported in this dissertation.


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