Date of Award

Spring 2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


College of Education


Department of Education

Primary Advisor

Dr. Kevin Weaver

Second Advisor

Dr. Thomas Gollery

Third Advisor

Dr. Kasey Mueller


Regular participation in competitive exercise is associated with cardiac anomalies that can exist in a high school athletes’ heart. The purpose of this quantitative, non-experimental study was to determine the perceptions of athletic trainers and high school coaches on cardiac screening high school athletes prior to athletic participation. The study also examined seven barriers that are present with the implementation of cardiac screening. The current study was carried out with 104 participants composed of two categories: athletic trainers, and high school coaches. Study participants perceptions were assessed using a 5-point Likert scale survey consisting of 12 questions. Although studies have shown collegiate and professional sports implementation of cardiac screening prior to athletic participation is beneficial to the athlete’s overall health and well-being, the findings from this study indicate the implementation of cardiac screening at the high school level are also beneficial for the high school athlete’s overall health and well-being. School districts should be encouraged to explore the option to implement and administer cardiac screening to their athletes prior to athletic participation. Keywords: Cardiac screening; high school athletes, perceptions of cardiac screening, recommendations for cardiac screening, athletic trainers’, high school coaches, young athletes, detection of cardiac disease, electrocardiogram