IJSRP, Volume 3, Issue 3, March 2013 Edition [ISSN 2250-3153]
Ishanka Weerasekara, Shyama Banneheka
Spinal cord injuries (SCI) are most commonly resulting from road traffic accidents, falling from a height, high velocity crashes and certain types of sports accidents. Even though sport related SCI is rare, still it carries a high rate of mortality and morbidity which limits the day-today and sport activities of the athlete because of the altered quality of life that often accompanies such an injury.
In this research, the focus is to evaluate the awareness about SCI among school athletes. Self-administered questionnaires were distributed among 243 school athletes (12-20years) of both genders (males-50.2%, females-49.8%) in 10 schools in Kandy educational zone in Central Sri Lanka. Responses for the questionnaires were analyzed to determine the knowledge regarding anatomy, etiologyand clinical features of SCI as well as handling and transferring techniques of an athlete with SCI.