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Physical education and training--Iowa--Cedar Falls--Safety measures; Athletic trainers; Physical education and training--Safety measures; Iowa--Cedar Falls;


The purpose of this study was to describe the opinions and beliefs of parents of high school athletes in Cedar Falls, IA about the need for a certified athletic trainer to be employed by the high school. Subproblems in this study were to determine: (a) the parents' opinions concerning the importance of athletic trainers, (b) their knowledge and awareness of an athletic trainer's duties and responsibilities, and (c) their willingness to participate in a funding program for a certified ~thletic trainer to be employed at the high ichool. An 18-item questionnaire was mailed to 100 parents of athletes attending Cedar Falls High School. The response rate was 65%. Sixty-six percent of the respondents were somewhat familiar with the profession of athletic training. Almost 37% of the respondents had not had any personal contact with an athletic trainer. Most respondents stated that the coach {36.9%) or the athletic trainer (32.3%) were most qualified to prevent athletic injuries. Approximately 55% of the respondents thought it was very important for a high school to employ a certified athletic trainer to serve the athletes' health care needs. A majority of the respondents (93.9%) believed that the school district should commit funds to reduce athletic injury rates. Also, 83.1% of the respondents were willing or somewhat willing to pay a minimal athletic fee to help fund a certified athletic trainer. The information gathered in this study revealed the need for more information about the athletic training profession to be introduced to parents of high school athletes. Since high school parents are the main supporters of a high school athletic program, they need to be fully aware of the benefits of a certified athletic trainer employed at the high school level.

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Master of Arts


School of Health, Physical Education, and Leisure Services

First Advisor

Sue Joslyn

Second Advisor

Dennis Cryer

Third Advisor

Bill Ryan


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