Awareness among School Athletes about The Handling and Transferring Techniques of a Suspected Spinal Cord Injured AthleteRMIM Weerasekara1*, BMHSK Banneheka1, T Sivananthawerl2and Fahim Mohamed3
- *Corresponding Author:
- RMIM Weerasekara
Department of Physiotherapy
Faculty of Allied Health Sciences
University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: June 27, 2016; Accepted date: June 29, 2016; Published date: June 30, 2016
Citation: Weerasekara RMIM, Banneheka BMHSK, Sivananthawerl T, Fahim ACM (2016) Awareness among School Athletes about “The Handling and Transferring Techniques of a Suspected Spinal Cord Injured Athlete”. Int J Neurorehabilitation 3:217. doi:10.4172/2376-0281.1000217
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Background: Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) among athletes frequently associated with temporary or permanent sensory and/or motor function loss below the level of lesion. This carries high morbidity which may limit the day to day activities. Awareness of proper techniques in early management of a spinal cord injured patients may limit complications. The main objective of this study is to evaluate the awareness about proper handling and transferring techniques of patient with a SCI among school athletes.
Methods: Self-administered questionnaires with questions related to handling and transferring techniques of patient with a SCI were randomly distributed among school athletes (12-20 years) in Kandy (Sri Lanka) educational zone. Single total score representing the level of awareness, was scored after evaluating the answers. These marks were then compared using Mann Whitney and Kruskal-Wallis to explore the awareness.
Results: Among 243 of school athletes (Male, 50.2%; Female, 49.2%), Age: median=15, IQR=1) interviewed, overall mean awareness level score was 50.8% (17.9 ± SD).
Conclusion: The awareness of proper handling of SCI patient did not differ in relation to gender, age, level of engagement in sports. Although overall awareness level of the questions based on handling and transferring techniques was moderate, there was an inadequate level of awareness regarding the handling of some important emergency situations.