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CRM: Characteristics—Epidemiology & Risks
Concussion Recognition & Management
Module 2 Characteristics & Epidemiology

Epidemiology & Risks

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According to a 2007 study reported in the Journal of Athletic Training, sports are second only to motor vehicle accidents as the leading cause of traumatic brain injury in individuals ages 15 to 24. It’s widely agreed that concussions and head injuries are under-reported.

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services surveyed head coaches in 2015. Results indicate concussion injuries affect young athletes across the state in a wide variety of sports.


2015

Nebraska Sports Concussion

HEAD COACH

Survey Results

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A strong majority of respondents (72.2%) reported
that they have coached an athlete
who suffered a concussion
or was suspected of suffering a concussion
while playing that coach’s sport.

girls in huddle with basketball coach
coach reassures boy player sitting out of softball game

Among those who have coached an athlete who suffered a concussion or was suspected of suffering a concussion:

  • 89% have personally removed an athlete from play due to a suspected concussion.

Among those who have coached an athlete who suffered a concussion or was suspected of suffering a concussion:

  • 26.6% reported knowledge of an athlete they coached not reporting their concussion symptoms in order to continue playing.
coach checks eyes of boy wearing football helment
adult consoling sad boy

Among those who have coached an athlete who suffered a concussion or was suspected of suffering a concussion:

  • 43.1% reported that an athlete they coached has resisted being removed from play due to a suspected concussion.

Among those who have coached an athlete who suffered a concussion or was suspected of suffering a concussion:

  • 11.9% reported that the parents of an athlete with a suspected concussion have tried to stop the coaches from removing their child from play.
bystanders watching soccer match



Module 2 Characteristics & Epidemiology

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