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Clin J Sport Med. 2009 May;19(3):228-30. doi: 10.1097/JSM.0b013e3181a41e43.

Understanding of sport concussion by the parents of young rugby players: a pilot study.

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Centre for Physiotherapy Research, School of Physiotherapy, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. sjohn.sullivan@otago.ac.nz

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Establish the knowledge and beliefs of the parents of high school rugby players about concussion.

DESIGN:

Descriptive cross-sectional intercept style face-to-face pilot survey.

SETTING:

The survey was conducted during high school rugby games.

PARTICIPANTS:

Two hundred parents of male high school rugby players who were attending their teenagers' games.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Exploratory analysis of the closed- and open-ended questionnaire. Concussion signs and symptoms were subsequently mapped onto the framework of the Sport Concussion Assessment Tool.

RESULTS:

Most parents (83%; 165 of 198) reported that they were able to recognize a concussion in their teenager and provide a list of well-accepted signs and symptoms. Nearly all (96%; 188 of 196) were aware of the risks of continuing to play while concussed, and approximately half (51%; 99 of 196) were aware of return-to-play guidelines/recommendations after a concussion.

CONCLUSIONS:

Parents of male high school rugby players reported having basic knowledge of concussion symptoms and the seriousness of concussion. Parents are potentially key figures in the detection of a possible concussion in the postgame/practice home environment.

PMID:
19423976
DOI:
10.1097/JSM.0b013e3181a41e43
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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