Sports-related concussion (SRC) is a growing public health concern, as an estimated 1.1-1.9 million SRCs occur each year in the United States. There is a desperate need for studies that can identify factors that heighten SRC risk. To address this, our interdisciplinary research team has investigated the role of personality and social determinants of health factors in SRC-related outcomes and behaviors. In this symposium, we will describe our current and prospective research findings and discuss how our findings could enhance SRC prevention and intervention efforts. Additionally, we will seek audience input to identify our future research goals and ways to meaningfully disseminate and apply our novel findings to a broad audience.
Upon completion, participants will be able to distinguish between personality traits and social determinants of health associated with different sports-related concussion outcomes: early vs. late return to play, concussion incidence, and symptom reporting behavior.
Upon completion, participants will be able to describe why certain personality traits and social determinants of health might be related to early vs. late return to play, concussion incidence, and symptom reporting behavior.
Upon completion, participants will be able to identify practical ways that these results may be used to prevent early return to play, greater concussion incidence, and misreporting of sports-related concussion symptoms.