Date of Award
Bachelor of Science (BS)
College of Science
The incidence of athletic injuries is increasing as a result of increased participation in sports. Being a student-athlete and a volunteer student athletic trainer, the opportunity presented itself to complete an overview of athletic injuries to student-athletes at Coastal Carolina University. With a deep seeded interest in the sports medicine field and the potential to benefit Coastal Carolina University coaches as motivation, this project looked at the incidence of athletic injuries to CCU athletes over the course of the past two spring semesters. Variables tested were area of injury, type of injury, and treatment provided. These variables were compared against class status, sport, and gender. Statistical calculations examined the relationship between the frequency of injury and class status. Relationships between the type of injury and class status as well as the preferred treatment were also analyzed. The analyzed data provides insight into the two-fold hypothesis that underclassmen would visit the training room more often than upperclassmen, and that the injuries would be chronic in nature. It was found that there were significant relationships between acute injuries and the sport as well as the class status. There was also a significant relationship between chronic injuries and gender. Some suggestions to decrease the occurrence of injuries to incoming athletes are given, as well as some hints to keeping the upperclassmen healthy. As part of this thesis, a research journal was kept of every time research was collected or reviewed with the thesis advisor. Also completed was an annotated bibliography of 29 journal sources as a supplement to my research of whether my data can be supported by findings reported in studies of other universities.
Pulchinski, Alicia, "Analysis of Injuries to Coastal Carolina University Student-Athletes" (2000). Honors Theses. 273.