Why university athletes choose not to reveal their concussion symptoms during a practice or game
Delaney JS, Lamfookon C, Bloom GA, Al-Kashmiri A, and Correa JA. Clin J Sport Med. 2014. [Epub ahead of Print].
Take Home Message: Over 75% of surveyed collegiate athletes, who believed they sustained a concussion in the past year, reported not seeking proper medical attention for that concussion. The most common reason athletes reported not seeking proper medical attention was not believing the concussion was severe enough to warrant stopping the activity to seek out a medical professional.
Concussions are a common injury among athletes. While many concussions occur each year, many go unreported and undiagnosed. If clinicians could gain a better understanding of why athletes do not report, or underreport potential concussions, then clinicians may be able to better educate athletes on the importance of reporting concussion symptoms, which could lead to better concussion management. Therefore, Delaney and colleagues completed a retrospective survey study to identify why athletes who believe they had a concussion would not seek proper medical attention.