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Impact of Health Education Brochure about Prevention of Heat Stroke on Knowledge of P.E Coaches of AFCM
 
   


Tuesday 16 Feb 2016
Heat Stroke (HS) - a life threatening medical emergency - is defined clinically as a core temperature >40.6°C accompanied by central nervous system (CNS) dysfunction (Bouchama 1995). It is an important treatable form of Multiple Organ Dysfunction Syndrome (MODS) resulting from thermo-regulatory failure (Moseley 1997). Exertional heat injuries are known to affect marathoners and army recruits under hot and humid environmental conditions (Seto et al, 2005). Soldiers and athletes perform strenuous physical activity for extended durations in hot weather and as a result are susceptible to exertional heat illness (Departments of Army and Air Force 2003). Athletic trainers (ATs) are often the first responders to exertional heat illness situations in sports; therefore, they play an important role in the recognition and treatment of HS (Dombek et al., 2006). In this Study we focus on the importance of heat stroke as a major health problem limiting P.E Training programmes, aiming to train students how to measure knowledge by questionnaire, and to study behavioural changes due to brochures as a tool of health education. The Study was done by students of AFCM in order to reassure coaches of P.E about how to prevent heat stroke following PBL sessions. The study was done on 20 coaches of P.E who are training the students. Questionnaire was prepared to measure the knowledge of the coaches before and after dissemination of brochures. Our coaches varies in their educational background as 7 of them graduated from technical institutes (35%) while 2 graduated from medical faculties (10%), 6 were graduated from faculty of physical education (30%) and 5 (25%) having postgraduate studies ( master and PhD degrees of physical education). Analysis of the right answers before and after reviewing the health education brochure proved that:- A. Technical institute group has less right answers, gaining much knowledge when reviewing the brochure but still below the expected level B. The P.E postgraduate coaches were more knowledgeable with more acceptances to be informed and found information from health education brochure beneficial more than other groups. C. While coaches who have a degree in medicine could not answer the questionnaire accurately and gained lower information’s from brochure. TAKE-HOME MESSAGE:- 1. Qualification in P.E Education is crucial in preventing any injuries during training or competition. 2. Health brochures is an effective method of dissemination of knowledge between P.E coaches. 3. P.E coaches must have courses in preventing heat injuries and first aid training
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