Training college staff to recognize and respond to concussions


Lisa B. Lopez

Date of Award


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Ed.S. in School Psychology


Department of Counselor Education & Human Services


Advisor: Susan Davies


This study utilized a quasi-experimental survey design to: a) examine the current level of knowledge of and training on concussion among college staff members, b) evaluate the efficacy of a one-hour training program on concussion recognition and management skills, and c) explore the impact of ongoing programming on college staff members' ability to meet the needs of students who sustained a concussion. Participants (N = 263) received the training as well as ongoing resources provided by email during a four to nine month period following the training. Prior and attained knowledge were measured by pre- and post-training questionnaires. A follow-up questionnaire was administered four to nine months post-training to assess if and how participants utilized knowledge gained from training in working directly with students who had sustained a concussion. Results indicated a 7% percent increase in knowledge across participants from the pre- to post-test questionnaire; however, results were not significant. Implications for college student personnel and college students are discussed.


Brain Concussion Identification, Universities and colleges Employees Training of, Brain damage Study and teaching, Disability awareness, Higher Education, Inservice Training, Recreation, Sports Management, Sports Medicine, concussion, college students, campus residence life, campus recreation center, head injury, traumatic brain injury

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