Knowledge assessment of sports-related concussion among parents of children aged 5 years to 15 years enrolled in recreational tackle football
Mannings C., Kalynych C., Joseph MM., Smotherman C., Kraemer DF. Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery. 2014; 77(3) Supplement 1:S18-S22.
Take Home Message: Parents of young athletes (5 to 15 year olds) lack of knowledge regarding concussion definition, signs and symptoms, and mechanisms. We need to implement more concussion education programs for parents of young athletes.
Pediatric concussion care is challenging due to a lack of medical personnel at events and young athletes may not be able to articulate or recognize their concussion signs and symptoms. This leaves parents responsible for recognizing a concussion injury. However, we lack research regarding the knowledge of concussions among parents of youth recreation tackle football. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to determine parental knowledge concerning the definition as well as the signs and symptoms of concussion in young athletes (5 to 15 years old) who participate in recreational tackle football.