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Clin J Sport Med. 2012 Sep;22(5):385-9.

Effectiveness of the SLICE program for youth concussion education.

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MD-PhD Program, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts 02138, USA. abagley@mit.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To analyze the effectiveness of the Sports Legacy Institute Community Educators (SLICE) curriculum for student-athletes on recognition and appropriate responses to concussions.

DESIGN:

Prospective cohort study, level II.

SETTING:

The SLICE concussion workshop.

PARTICIPANTS:

All students ranging from 9 to 18 years (n = 636) taking the SLICE concussion education program.

INTERVENTION:

The SLICE concussion education program featuring interactive demonstrations, discussion, and case studies of athletes delivered by medical students and others in health-related fields.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Evaluations assessing knowledge of concussion recognition and appropriate response were administered before and after participating in the SLICE concussion education program.

RESULTS:

Students displayed significant improvements in absolute mean score on the concussion knowledge quiz between prepresentation and postpresentation (P < 0.0001). Significant improvements in mean score were observed among both male and female students within each age group. The proportion of students who passed the quiz increased from 34% prepresentation to 80% postpresentation (P < 0.0001). However, the percentage who passed the quiz postpresentation was significantly higher among female students compared with male students (P < 0.0001) and among students 13 years of age or older compared with students less than 13 years (P < 0.0001). Using multivariable logistic regression, we identified age group and gender as the most significant factors associated with passing the quiz postpresentation.

CONCLUSION:

The SLICE program promotes effective learning and knowledge about concussion recognition and response among students ranging from 9 to 18 years. Lessons from the SLICE program may be broadly applicable to youth concussion education.

PMID:
22929042
DOI:
10.1097/JSM.0b013e3182639bb4
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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