Data from a study published in the December issue of the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings suggest knowledge gaps regarding concussion among individuals involved with high school sports. 

Members of the research team conducted a prospective, cross-sectional survey of 115 noncontact and contact sports participants (age 13 to 19 years), 15 coaches, and 132 parents. They found that females, healthcare workers, and parents displayed stronger concerns for potential long-term sequelae of concussion, while athletes were most concerned about return to sport. Participants with higher perceived concussion knowledge tended to be slightly older and more educated, were more likely to be healthcare workers, and scored higher on knowledge questions. The researchers found that most participants could identify potential concussion sequelae, but only 86 (34.3 percent) identified a concussion as a brain injury. Learn more...

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