An Examination Of the Medical Care For High School Athletes In Maine

May 3rd, 2012 | Category: Dissertation Abstracts @ Concordia
By John Patrick Ryan


Injuries from high school athletics are well-documented. Few studies provide an empirical assessment of the medical care provided based on widely accepted standards. This research examines how well Maine high schools provide medical care to student-athletes and identifies factors providing higher levels of care. All Maine high schools were mailed a survey based on the Appropriate Medical Care for Secondary School-aged Athletes Consensus Statement and Monograph to assess care for student-athletes. Analyses revealed schools with school-employed certified athletic trainers reported higher ACI scores than schools who contract outside sources. Public and larger schools reported higher ACI scores than private and smaller schools. Suburban schools were more likely to report having a certified athletic trainer. Schools with a certified athletic trainer were more likely to have a larger budget for sports medicine supplies and equipment. This study will provide guidance for schools as they work to improve care provided to student-athletes.

Keywords: Medical care; high school athletes; Maine

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John Ryan earned his Ed.D. in Leadership with a specialization in Sports Leadership from Concordia University Chicago in 2012. Contact him at


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