267763 Prevalence of injuries among students during technique class: A retrospective study

Monday, October 29, 2012 : 12:45 PM - 1:00 PM

Anupama Kizhakkeveettil, BAMS (Ayu), MAOM , Research, Southern California University of Health Sciences, Whittier, CA
David Sikorski, DC , Clinical Sciences, Southern California University of Health Sciences, Whittier, CA, Albania
Gene Tobias, PhD, DC , Basic Sciences, Southern California University of Health Sciences, Whittier, CA
Background: Injuries have been reported among chiropractic students while learning technique procedures. It is very important to identify the types and characteristics of these injuries to develop the strategies for prevention. A literature review revealed few studies with similar objectives.

Objective: The main objective of this study was to determine characteristics of injuries experienced by students while in the role of adjustor as well as the recipient of adjustments while learning techniques in the classroom.

Methods: IRB approval was obtained to administer a survey among the chiropractic students in fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh trimesters of Chiropractic College. Questions included age, gender, role, anatomical areas of injury, adjustive technique utilized, types of injury, treatment if any and recovery time. This survey also includes the questions about type and area of past injuries. Data was entered into SPSS for analysis.

Results: Results indicated that women in the role of adjustor were most likely to be injured compared to men in the role of being adjusted or of adjustor or women being adjusted. The most common site for injury was the upper extremity. The most common areas of injury when students were in the role of being adjusted were low back and neck. Some injuries became chronic; however, most resolved after a few weeks. Conclusion: These study results will be used to develop strategies to improve teaching methods to reduce the incidence of injuries in chiropractic technique classes.

Learning Areas:
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Other professions or practice related to public health

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe the characteristics of injuries that occur among chiropractic students while learning chiropractic techniques. 2. Describe the characteristics of students who are more likely to be injured while learning chiropractic techniques. 3. Discuss teaching strategies that might be implemented to prevent injuries among students in chiropractic technique classes.

Keywords: Chiropractic, Education

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am currently working as a faculty in a chiropractic college and involved in this research study.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.