Investigation of airway access techniques in men's lacrosse with relation to helmet fit Public Deposited

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  • March 22, 2019
  • Altier, Alexis
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Exercise and Sport Science
  • Objective: Determine effect of helmet fit (athletic trainer-AT vs. player-PF) and airway access technique (helmet removal-HR vs. facemask removal-FR) on cervical spine (C-spine) motion. Results: Interaction effect for integrated motion in frontal plane (F1,17= 8.052, P=0.011) and peak displacement in sagittal (F1,17= 12.336, P=0.003) and transverse planes (F1,17= 11.118, P= 0.004). Main effect of airway access technique in all planes for peak displacement and integrated motion; HR resulted in more motion than FR. Main effect of fit for transverse plane peak displacement and frontal plane integrated motion; AF resulted in more motion than PF. Conclusion: These findings suggest an increase in c-spine motion with HR compared to FR; HR is a faster method of airway-access. FR is the current guideline for airway access technique, but HR should be considered as a viable option, especially when time is important.
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  • Petschauer, Meredith A.
  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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  • 2014

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