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Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Physical Education

First Advisor

James Booher


The purpose of this study was to describe the status of emergency care associated with high school football activities in South Dakota. This study specifically examined the health care personnel present at high school football games and practices, some of the facilities available, and the sports medicine qualifications of the individual who is responsible for the prevention and care of athletic injuries. A two-part questionnaire was mailed to the 156 high schools in South Dakota with football programs. The results suggest that emergency care is lacking at football activities in South Dakota. This was evident by the low number of schools with physicians and athletic trainers present at games and practices. Emergency Medical Technicians were present at games at 85% of the schools, however. The examination of the facilities indicated that an ambulance is commonly present at games, but most schools do not have telephones at their game or practice fields. The person responsible for prevention and care of injuries is the head coach at 82% of the schools. It was found that coaches were not as qualified for this responsibility compared to the health care personnel surveyed in this study. The conclusion is that there is an inconsistency in the quality of emergency care high school football players are receiving in South Dakota.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Football injuries -- South Dakota
School sports -- South Dakota
Emergency medical services -- South Dakota



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