Speech-Language Pathologist/Clinical Research Scientist Shepherd Center Alpharetta, Georgia, United States
Twenty-four college students with a history of concussion in college were interviewed on their perception of "recovery" from concussion. Interviews were analyzed using phenomenological qualitative methodology. Two main themes were found: What Recovery Looks Like and Gaining Perspective: Learning to Cope. The process of recovery is framed by two subthemes: Ongoing Recovery, defined as continued steps in addressing symptoms, and Chronic Management, which describes a shift in perspective about concussion symptoms. In the second theme, students described developing strategies as well as using resources and support as major components of their recovery. Our two main themes find that students with complicated recovery from concussion describe the use of personal skills and coping mechanisms rather than symptom resolution as central to the experience of recovery. Perceptions of recovery may be better captured in effort, capacity, or resilience measures.
describe key aspects of recovery from concussion as described by college students.
summarize the role of support and strategies used in recovery from concussion by college-aged students.
identify how capacity, effort, and/or resilence could be used as additional measures of recovery from concussion.