Concussion in university level sport: knowledge and awareness of athletes and coaches

Kirk, Ben and Pugh, Jamie and Cousins, Rosanna and Phillips, Shaun (2018) Concussion in university level sport: knowledge and awareness of athletes and coaches. Sports, 6 (4). ISSN 2075-4663 (Accepted for Publication)

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The objective of this study was to evaluate concussion knowledge among university level athletes and coaches. n=20 rugby union players, n=20 Gaelic football players and n=8 experienced team coaches were assessed using a validated cross-sectional survey. Levels of knowledge of concussion was high across all participants. Coaches had higher knowledge scores for almost all areas, but there was evidence of important gaps, even in this group. Knowledge was not sufficient in identifying concussion, and when it is safe to return to play following a concussion. Impaired knowledge of how to recognise concussion, and misunderstanding the need for rest and rehabilitation before return to play presents a hazard to health from second impact and more catastrophic brain injury. We discuss reasons for misconceptions of guidelines, and suggest that attitude issues on the significance of concussion may underlie willingness to want to play with a concussion. This suggests current education on sport-related concussion needs to be expanded for appropriate management of University level contact sport.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information and Comments: This article was accepted for publication in the journal Sports. The final version is available from This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. (CC BY 4.0).
Keywords: Sport-related concussion; signs; symptoms; return to play guidelines; traumatic brain injury
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Science > School of Health Sciences
Depositing User: Rosanna Cousins
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2018 11:53
Last Modified: 26 Sep 2018 11:53

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