Research Article
Volume 11 Issue 6 - 2022
High School Coaches’ Knowledge Regarding the Management of Acute Dental Trauma: A Qualitative Study
Samer Karamalla Ali Abdelrahman1* and Nadia Mohamed2
1Department of Pediatric Dentistry, University of Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa
2HOD Paediatric Dentistry, University of Western Cape, South Africa
*Corresponding Author: Samer Karamalla Ali Abdelrahman, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, University of Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa.
Received: March 21, 2022; Published: May 25, 2022


Background: In many cases, dental trauma is preventable. Timeous action should be carried out by persons on the field, including coaches and teachers. Organised sports carry a significant risk of oro- facial trauma. Most literature focuses on assessing the knowledge of coaches quantitatively. Thus, they have not explored in-depth what a coach would do in reality.

Objective: To assess coaches’ knowledge regarding the acute management of dental trauma.

Material and Method: The hockey coaches from a single high school were approached for the study via an email survey. A total of eight coaches participated in the study. Coaches were requested to answer two questions regarding the management of acute dental trauma i.e. What would you do if part of an athlete’s tooth fractured? What would you do if the whole tooth came out?

Results: There is a lack of general knowledge among coaches on how to manage crown fractures and tooth avulsion injuries.

Conclusion: The Department of Sports and Recreation should be involved in and responsible for a preventive plan of action for dental trauma. Schools need to have an emergency plan in place in the event of dental trauma. A clear plan of action should be customised for each school.

Keywords: High School Coaches’ Knowledge; Regarding the Management; Dental Trauma: A Qualitative Study


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Citation: Samer Karamalla Ali Abdelrahman and Nadia Mohamed. “High School Coaches’ Knowledge Regarding the Management of Acute Dental Trauma: A Qualitative Study”. EC Paediatrics 11.6 (2022): 10-16.

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