AuthorHOLBROOK, COURTNEY ELIZABETH
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AbstractA concussion is defined by a rapid movement of the head that results in characteristic symptoms. Most concussions resolve without any treatment, but risky behavior, such as returning to play, while the brain is in a vulnerable state can result in worsened outcomes. Concussion education is commonly provided to sports players, as it is known that contact sports offer a risk of concussions. However, non-sports players sustain head injuries as well who may not be within the reach of current education. This thesis seeks to assess the awareness of concussions in the general population. A survey was provided to various classes and sports teams that gathered information on concussion incidence and assessed participants’ awareness of concussions. It was found that concussions occur outside of sports to individuals without concussion education. When offered a scenario, both educated and non-educated populations were found to choose risky decisions following concussions, indicating both groups are unaware of the gravity of concussions and rehabilitation guidelines. Inappropriate responses from individuals with prior education support the conclusion that current education is ineffective. Future implications include widespread concussion education that reaches all populations and conveys the severity of concussions and the importance of following proper treatment.
Degree ProgramHonors College