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Ben Heinze

Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Health and Nutritional Sciences

First Advisor

James Booher


The purpose of this study was to determine the availability and delivery of athletic training services to high schools in South Dakota during the 1999-2000 school year. A questionnaire was sent to each high school in South Dakota that employed an athletic director. The survey variables included questions pertaining to demographics, staffing, and considerations for the future. One hundred sixty-one (83 % ) surveys out of a total of one hundred ninety-four surveys distributed were analyzed using means and percentiles. The returned surveys were divided into three classes: "AA," "A," and "B," based on the South Dakota High School Activities Association breakdown of high schools. Fourteen (87.5%) surveys were returned from class "AA" schools, fifty-one (79.6%) from class "A" schools, and ninety-six (84.2%) from class "B" schools. It was found that class "AA" schools not only have more students enrolled in grades 9-12 participating in sports, but also have more sports in which students may participate. All 14 class "AA" high schools utilize the services of a Certified Athletic Trainer, and all but one obtain these services from a sports medicine clinic or hospital. The findings indicate that larger schools utilize the services of a Certified Athletic Trainer more than smaller high schools.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

School sports -- South Dakota -- Statistics
Athletic trainers -- South Dakota


Includes bibliographical references (pages 52-55)



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