Assistant Professor University of Arizona Tucson, Arizona
This study aimed to examine: (1) which demographic variables are related to concussion prevention and injury reporting behaviors in children; and (2) the implications of these children’s brain safety behaviors relative to education and advocacy efforts. We posed 30 questions to participants relating to demographic information, participation in sports, concussion knowledge, brain safety behavior, and objective information and subjective rankings regarding previously received concussion education. Participants answered demographic, sports participation, concussion knowledge, and objective information questions via a selection of a multiple-choice option and provided subjective rankings via Likert scale. We analyzed relationships in data using chi-square analyses. Participants were assigned three scores: (1) a safety score related to concussion prevention and injury reporting behaviors; (2) a knowledge score related to knowledge; and (3) a SAFE screening score related to concussion screening questions. Findings suggested that safety score and gender are related and that safety score and age are related.
Identify safety behavior patterns in this pediatric sample.
Understand how concussion education influences safety.
Discuss potential ideas for future concussion education and advocacy.