Health Literacy Levels of Collegiate Student-Athletes

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Jodee M. RobertsIndiana State University, Terre Haute, IN, USA

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Matthew J. RiveraIndiana State University, Terre Haute, IN, USA

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Zachary K. WinkelmannUniversity of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, USA

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Lindsey E. EbermanIndiana State University, Terre Haute, IN, USA

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This study used a web-based survey and a cross-sectional design to investigate the health literacy levels of collegiate student-athletes. The survey included a demographic questionnaire and the Short Test of Functional Health Literacy Assessment, which scores an individual’s ability to understand relevant health care information. We calculated descriptive statistics for demographic characteristics and Short Test of Functional Health Literacy Assessment scores. All participants (n = 160) displayed adequate health literacy (mean = 34 ± 2; range = 27–36; adequate = 160/160, 100%). The mean Short Test of Functional Health Literacy Assessment score for both White (range = 27–36; adequate = 133/133, 100%), and non-White participants (range = 28–36, adequate = 27/27, 100%) was 34 ± 2. Health care professionals should feel confident in collaborating with individual patients throughout the decision-making process.

Roberts (jodeehickman@yahoo.com) is corresponding author.

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