Hylton Kamilah Safiya [term:field_otchestvo]
Associate Professor, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D)
Educational organization: University of Technology, Kingston, Jamaica
Guthrie –Dixon Natalie [term:field_otchestvo]
Lecturer/Biostatistician, Masters of Science
Educational organization: University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica
Wright Nodley [term:field_otchestvo]
Research Assistant, Bachelor’s of Science
Educational organization: University of Technology, Kingston, Jamaica
Cooke Nevin [term:field_otchestvo]
Research Assistant, Bachelor’s of Science
Educational organization: University of Technology, Kingston, Jamaica

Th e aim of the research is to review track and fi eld training, care and rehabilitation programmes in Jamaican schools in order to characterize training regimes, injuries, and perceptions regarding the protocol for managing the care of student athletes. Methods and organization of the study: We collected qualitative and quantitative data from coaches and athletes about training, diet and injuries. We did a thematic analysis of the qualitative data, used descriptive statistics to analyze the quantitative data and the triangulation principle was then used to compare the data sets. Research results: We found that only 64.3% of athletes were pre-screened and discovered that hamstring injuries were dominant with shin and groin injuries also being common. The research also revealed that athletes ate poorly and coaches struggled with nutrition management, improper footwear and inadequate training surfaces. The conclusion: Th ese young athletes undergo an intense training protocol and this coupled with no identifi cation of pre-existing conditions, poor eating habits, and poor equipment make them susceptible to avoidable injuries. All coaches indicated gaps that require additional fi nancial support and training to rectify.


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