Testing the La Manna Asthma Safety Questionnaire for Coaches

By Stefanie J. La Manna.

Published by The Sport Collection

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Background: Persons with asthma may suffer from exercise-induced bronchoconstriction (EIB), a life-threatening form of asthma that coaches may observe. The extent of coaches’ knowledge of EIB is unknown. There is no instrument to measure coaches’ asthma safety knowledge. Purpose: The purpose of this study is to establish reliability of a 14-item new instrument, La Manna’s Asthma Safety Questionnaire for Coaches (LASQC). The major research question is: What is the reliability of the LASQC? Theoretical Framework: Pender’s Health Promotion Model (HPM) is the theoretical framework for the study. Methods: Convenience samples of coaches (n=43), nursing students (n=25), and health science students (n = 64), were recruited to complete the LASQC to establish internal and test-retest reliability. Data analysis included descriptive and correlational statistics. Results: Due to low responses from coaches (n = 3), internal consistency was calculated from the nursing students (n = 25, α = .75) and the health science students (n = 64, α= .17). As nursing students were not available for retesting, the LASQC was administered to exercise science students (n = 35) with a medium and significant correlation (r = .52, p < .01). Conclusion: The α for nursing students was an acceptable internal reliability, but for the exercise students, an acceptable internal reliability was not achieved. Test-retest results indicated that health science students were consistent on retest responses, but higher test-retest reliabilities are desired. Refinement of items and additional testing with coaches are needed to establish the reliability of the LASQC. New recruitment strategies are suggested to increase the response rate from coaches. The LASQC in the current form was useful to stimulate discussion among the participants about EIB safety. Although an asthma workshop was offered as an incentive for study participation, additional incentives are needed to increase participation among coaches.

Keywords: Exercise-induced Bronchospasm, Asthma, La Manna’s Asthma Safety Questionnaire for Coaches, LASQC

The International Journal of Sport and Society, Volume 3, Issue 4, pp.219-232. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 376.427KB).

Dr. Stefanie J. La Manna

Family Nurse Practitioner and Adjunct Nursing Faculty, Nursing Adjunct Faculty, Dana V. Wallace, M.D., P.A. and Barry University, Lake Worth, FL, USA

Dr. Stefanie La Manna is currently an assistant professor in the advanced practice registered nurse graduate program at Nova Southeastern University. Dr. La Manna received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Barry University and graduated with honors, cum laude. She received her master’s in science, specializing as a family nurse practitioner, from Barry University. She received her Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing at Barry University. Dr. La Manna is currently pursuing her second master’s degree in public health, specializing in epidemiology. Dr. La Manna is a board certified family nurse practitioner and has been practicing as a family nurse practitioner since 2001. Her past patient population consisted of managing acute and chronic illnesses across the life span specializing in asthma, allergies and immunology. Her present area of practice is in infectious disease and immunology with her patient population ranging from adults to geriatrics. Dr. La Manna is currently revising her instrument titled “Asthma Safety Knowledge Questionnaire for Coaches.” She is interested in coaches’ knowledge regarding asthma. She is an advocate for children and adults with asthma to maintain their safety while engaging in sports. Dr. La Manna’s main areas of interests are infectious diseases, immunology, asthma, and the importance of immunizations throughout the life span. Dr. La Manna’s professional memberships include: American Academy of Nurse Practitioners; American Nurses Association; American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology; Asthma Educators Professional Membership; American Medical Women’s Association-South Chapter and National Chapter; Barry University Alumni Association; Broward County Pediatric Society; Empire’s Who’s-Who for Professionals and Executives; Florida Nurses Association; Nurse Practitioner Council of Palm Beach County; Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing; South Florida Council of Advance Nurse Practitioners.