Why are K-12 and College Athletic Injuries a Public Health Issue?

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Why are K-12 and College Athletic Injuries a Public Health Issue?

Speakers: Lori Dewald, PhD, MCHES®

All organized sports put children, high school students, and college students at risk for being injured. Surprisingly, 62% of all injuries occur in practice and not in competition. What are the most common sports-related injuries? How are athletic injuries evaluated, treated, and rehabilitated? What is all this concern I hear about regarding concussions? What is “return to learn”? How does “RTL” affect the athlete? How does RTL affect the educators and how they teach in their classrooms? While all colleges employ certified athletic trainers, how many high schools employ certified athletic trainers? What is the role of the certified athletic trainer in public health?  What do athletic injuries have to do with public health? Do high schools and college athletic departments collect data on athletic injuries? This presentation will answer all of these questions and provide epidemiological data that demonstrates the need for collaboration between K-12 school and university athletic departments and public health professionals.

Lori Dewald, PhD, MCHES®

Dr. Lori Dewald has her doctorate from the University of Tennessee in health education, her masters in school and public health is also from the University of Tennessee, and she has two bachelors degrees (Mankato State University in teacher education, and Athletic Training from South Dakota State University). Lori was the first person in the country to achieve both the credentials of Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) and Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) in combination with a doctorate, an accomplishment that was rarely matched by others. In 2011, when the new advanced health education credential became available, she became a master certified health education specialist (MCHES) and was the first person in the country with both the ATC and MCHES credentials. 

Lori has given over 170 invited national conference presentations and has had over 45 peer reviewed research publications. Lori is on the peer review boards for 10 different professional journals and is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Health Education Teaching (Journal of Health Education Teaching Established 2010 - Home) and the Journal for Interprofessional Postgraduate Research (My Business - JIPR HomeThe Aim and Scope)

Lori is involved in many national committees in the American College Health Association (ACHA), the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), and the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE).

Lori was inducted as a fellow in the American Association for Health Education in 2009. In 2011 she received the Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer award from the NATA. And the American College Health Association honored her and 4 other women with the 2019 Best Practices in Administration award for the first of its kind national survey they developed to assess faculty and staff health and wellness behaviors.


03/09/2021 at 2:00 PM (EST)   |  60 minutes
03/09/2021 at 2:00 PM (EST)   |  60 minutes
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