Date Thesis Awarded

4-2018

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelors of Science (BS)

Department

Kinesiology & Health Sciences

Advisor

M. Brennan Harris

Committee Members

James Barber

Kathleen Jenkins

Ben Boone

Abstract

The purpose of this research was to determine whether there is a relationship between spirituality and the likelihood of injury and the impact of that injury on pilgrims walking along the Camino de Santiago. The Camino de Santiago is an ancient, 791 km Christian pilgrimage route along the north of Spain from the French Pyrenees to Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain. A total of 418 participants aged 18-80 were recruited along the Camino, and through social media, from May 15 to August 20, 2017. Participants on the walk completed a ten minute survey with questions pertaining to general demographics, injury and illness experiences, physical well-being and general fitness. Spirituality was assessed using the FACIT-Sp-12 questionnaire. Data was analyzed using Qualtrics, Excel, and Stata platforms.

Results show that a participant’s spirituality score was not able to predict whether they would experience an injury or not on the pilgrimage (p=0.498; 95% CI [0.954, 1.023]). However, the data did demonstrate that participants who were more spiritual were better able to cope with an injury or illness while walking the pilgrimage (P

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