Purpose: To assess the digital health literacy (DHL) and musculoskeletal health literacy (MHL) levels of collegiate student-athletes. Methods: We used a cross-sectional survey to assess collegiate student-athletes (n=160) health literacy using the Digital Health Literacy Instrument (DHLI) and Literacy in Musculoskeletal Problems (LiMP) tool. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics. Results: The majority of participants shared they accessed the Internet via smart phones and felt the Internet was important and useful to their health. On average, the participants scored a 3.36±0.38 on the DHLI. The LiMP score was 6.29±1.36, and 26.8% (n=15/56) of participants who completed the tool had limited or inadequate MHL. Conclusions: Most student-athletes possess adequate DHL and MHL. The findings directly impact patient education as student-athletes are using their phones to access health related information, which they feel comfortable with, but may not know if the source is trustworthy.
We would like to thank Jodee Roberts (Indiana State University) for her contributions and collaborations on this project.
Niles TR, Rivera MJ, Torres-McGehee T, Eberman LE, Winkelmann ZK. Digital and Musculoskeletal Health Literacy of Collegiate Student-Athletes. The Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice. 2022 Mar 31;20(2), Article 9.