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Date of Award

5-1993

Degree Type

Thesis (On-Campus Access Only)

Degree Name

Master of Physical Therapy (MPT)

First Advisor

Laurie Lundy-Ekman, PhD, PT

Second Advisor

Ken Bush, PhD, PT

Abstract

Purpose. The purpose of this study was to determine the level of injury prevention activities used by baseball coaches of 13 to 15 year olds. Subjects. Thirty-six baseball coaches of 13 to 15 year olds answered a questionnaire. The sample was one of convenience. Method. Questionnaire. Results and Conclusions. Fifty-two injuries among 487 players were reported. No statistically significant differences were found (p<.05) to demonstrate the effectiveness of warm-up and stretching activities in injury prevention. However, there was a tendency for decreased injuries among those players who used warm-up runs prior to practice. Contrary to the experimenter's predictions, fewer injuries were reported by coaches of players who did not stretch (mean values of 0 vs 1.70). Of the coaches surveyed, 86% reported that their players used stretching techniques, 81% reported that their players stretched their upper extremities prior to both practices and games, 87% reported that their players stretched their lower extremities (LE's) prior to practices, and 84% reported that their players stretched their LE's prior to games.

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