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Concussions have become one of the most talked about health concerns at all levels of sport in the past several years. While much of the attention on this issue has been directed at the sport of football and the National Football League (NFL) in particular there has been growing awareness in the sport community that the risks of concussions extend to head injuries in all sports. Yet, in a report compiled by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academies on concussions in youth sports, researchers argued that “…much remains unknown about the extent of concussions in youth; how to diagnose, manage, and prevent concussions; and the short- and long-term consequences of concussions as well as repetitive head impacts that do not result in concussion symptoms” (IOM Brief, 2013). Overall there has been an increase in the number of reported youth sport concussions over the last decade. “From 2001 to 2012, the rate of ED [emergency department] visits for sports and recreation-related injuries with a diagnosis or concussion or TBI [traumatic brain injury], alone or in combination with other injuries, more than doubled among children (age 19 or younger)” (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2017). Some researchers surmise that this increase in concussion reporting may be the result of more education and greater awareness of the symptoms of concussion on the part of athletic trainers, athletes, parents, coaches and athletic administrators. The purpose/objectives of this study are: 1) to examine parent’s knowledge and attitudes toward youth sport concussions; 2) to examine youth sport coaches knowledge and attitudes toward youth sport concussions; 3) to compare and contrast the knowledge and attitudes of parents and youth soccer coaches; and, 4) to provide recommendations regarding parental and youth sport concussion management education.

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Independent Research

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Corinne M Daprano

Primary Advisor's Department

Health and Sport Science


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Presenter: Dell James Stover

Youth Sport Concussion Management