Katie Groszek

Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Human Performance and Health Education

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


Our research will entail a survey of high school certified athletic trainers in the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers' Association (District 4) of the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) on lightning safety policy. The NATA has written a position statement (Walsh, 2000) on lightning safety to educate athletic trainers and other individuals on the dangers of lightning and safety guidelines to follow. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) also has lightning safety guidelines for the schools it governs. Despite the recommendations of the NAT A and NCAA, there has been a demonstrated lack of lightning safety policy. The purpose of this study is to identify the existence of lightning safety policies in the high school setting. It will also aim to demonstrate a lack of lightning safety policy and provide encouragement for institutions without formal policies to create their own.

A recent survey conducted at the Division I collegiate level by Walsh, 1997, showed a lack of lightning safety policy, with only 8% of institutions surveyed having a written policy in place. Currently, no research on this topic has been conducted at the high school level. This research will aim to encourage high schools that have not implemented a lightning safety policy to adopt a policy to meet their specific needs.