Author(s): Torres DM, Galetta KM, Phillips HW, Dziemianowicz EM, Wilson JA, , Torres DM, Galetta KM, Phillips HW, Dziemianowicz EM, Wilson JA,
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Abstract Studies suggest that a lack of standardized knowledge may lead to underreporting and undertreatment of sports-related concussion. However, there has been little work done to establish how this knowledge may affect athletes' behaviors toward reporting their concussions and removing themselves from play. We conducted an anonymous online survey to assess athletes' knowledge of signs and symptoms of concussion, and also sought to estimate the potential frequency of underreporting in a collegiate athlete cohort. Among 262 athletes who responded to the survey, 43\% of those with a history of concussion reported that they had knowingly hidden symptoms of a concussion to stay in a game, and 22\% of athletes overall indicated that they would be unlikely or very unlikely to report concussion symptoms to a coach or athletic trainer in the future. These data suggest that there may be a substantial degree of underreporting of concussion among collegiate athletes, despite most acknowledging that they have been formally educated about the risks of concussion.
This article was published in Neurol Clin Pract
and referenced in Optometry: Open Access