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“Concussion in University level sport: Knowledge and awareness of athletes and coaches”

2018
Kirk, B., Pugh, J.N., Cousins, R. and Phillips, S.M.
Journal: Sports, Vol. 6, (4), pp. 102.
Concussion in University level sport: Knowledge and awareness of athletes and coaches

Authors: Kirk, B., Pugh, J.N., Cousins, R. and Phillips, S.M.

Abstract

Using a cross-sectional survey concussion knowledge was evaluated among forty university-level athletes (20 rugby union players & 20 Gaelic football players) and eight experienced team. Levels of knowledge of concussion were high across all participants. Coaches had higher knowledge scores for almost all areas; however, 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 a 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 these guideline misconceptions and suggest that attitude issues on the significance of concussion may underlie a willingness to want to play with a concussion. This suggests the current education on sport-related concussion needs to be expanded for the appropriate management of university-level contact sports.