Year of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Department or School/College
Department of Health and Human Performance
Blakely Brown, Tammy Elser
American Indian, Indian Health Service (IHS), specialty medical care, sports related injury
University of Montana
Introduction: Athletics are an integral part of American Indian (AI) life and culture. However, with participation there is a risk of receiving an injury. Sustaining an injury can be devastating to AI athletes that live on or near a reservation due to the rural location and disparities in health care. Objective: To determine Montana’s AI high school athletes’ injury rates, severity of injury, the current level of medical supervision, and type of health care they seek/receive. Methods: The procedure for collecting data consisted of sending out surveys to head coaches at 11 high schools that met the inclusion criteria. Analysis: Numerical data was analyzed using Microsoft Excel 2007. Discussion: Injury rates were fairly low, with most injuries being minor. Medical supervision at practices/competitions was inadequate and the majority of injured athletes sought medical care from Indian Health Service. Access to specialty care was also found to be inadequate.
Babcock, Drew Anthony, "INJURY RATES, SEVERITY OF INJURY, AND ACCESS TO SPECIALTY HEALTH CARE OF AMERICAN INDIAN HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETES IN MONTANA" (2009). Graduate Student Theses, Dissertations, & Professional Papers. 580.
© Copyright 2009 Drew Anthony Babcock