Date of Award

12-2012

Degree Type

Honors College Thesis

Department

Interdisciplinary Studies

First Advisor

Jerry W Purvis

Advisor Department

Human Performance and Recreation

Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this study is to determine if EIA student athletes at USM are being educated about and implementing evidence based practices that help manage asthma symptoms for each individual. EIA is a prevalent disorder affecting collegiate athletes. Non-pharmacological evidence-based practices can be used by EIA athletes to minimize asthma symptoms. Modifications to the athlete’s breathing techniques, diet, and warm-up protocol can be implemented to reduce asthma symptoms. To determine if athletes at USM are using these practices, a survey questioning their education and implementation of these practices was administered to all the USM athletes. Of the 331 athletes surveyed, 27 reported having asthma/EIA. This sample group (n=27) was then asked to answer questions about their asthma management. The data collected from this study was organized into percentages and frequencies. An analysis of the data revealed that many of the asthmatic athletes at USM are not practicing the methods proven to be most effective at reducing asthma symptoms. The data also showed that many athletes have not been educated by athletic trainers about these evidence-based practices.

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