Background: There is increasing incidence of cardiac arrest during competitive sport. Awareness of Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) among athletes and officials could impact positively on this trend. There is dearth of information on level of knowledge, attitude and perception of sportsmen and personnel on CPR.
Aim: To assess the level of knowledge, attitude and perception of CPR among sportsmen and personnel
Methodology: The cross-sectional study was conducted at two major stadia in Ibadan, using a self-administered questionnaire. Participants consisted of professional athletes, medical and technical crew. Ethical approval was obtained from Institutional Ethics Committee while informed consent was obtained from participants. Data were summarized using descriptive statistics of mean, standard deviation, frequency and percentages.
Results: Eighty-eight of 100distributed questionnaires were duly filled. Participants consisted of 67 professional athletes; 2 medical and 19 technical officials. 35 respondents knew what CPR stands for. Self-report about CPR knowledge showed 43 with grossly inadequate knowledge, 37 with inadequate knowledge and 8 with adequate knowledge. 58 reported willingness to perform CPR if they had adequate knowledge, 4 respondents indicated they would not perform CPR on their colleagues or relatives. 82 respondents are willing to learn CPR while 58% indicated that CPR training courses should be mandatory for all sportsmen. 80 participants agreed that CPR can contribute to saving life.
Conclusion: Participants had low level of knowledge, but overall attitude towards CPR was positive. Most participants perceived CPR as a life-saving skill. Regular CPR training and retraining using current guideline is recommended among this population.
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