Study Shows Many Parents In The Dark About Concussions

Source: medicalxpress.com | Re-Post Duerson Fund 7/26/2017 – 

Despite the large volume of information about sports related concussions on the Internet, many parents and guardians of young athletes have a limited understanding of concussions, according to a study co-authored by a faculty member of UTA’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation.

In the study, which was published in May in the Journal of Applied Behavioral Research, Cynthia Trowbridge, an associate professor of kinesiology and athletic trainer, and co-author Sheetal J. Patel of Stanford University found that a significant number of caregivers have a limited understanding of concussions and their impact on a child’s future.

“They did understand that it’s a severe injury but they didn’t understand how susceptible patients are,” said Trowbridge, a noted expert on concussions in middle and high school athletes. “We found out that despite the fact that all parents had read some brochure or seen some TV show about concussions they had a low self-efficacy about awareness. They tended not to know that concussions are associated with all sports, including track and field, volleyball and swimming.”

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