An investigation into concussion knowledge and attitudes towards concussion in English secondary school aged rugby players.

See, James (2016) An investigation into concussion knowledge and attitudes towards concussion in English secondary school aged rugby players. Undergraduate thesis, University of Chichester.

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Introduction: Previous research has indicated that young rugby players are more susceptible to the negative effects of concussion than adults. Despite this, young rugby players have been found to have a lack of knowledge and negative attitudes towards concussion leading to unsafe return to play. The aim of this study was to determine the incidence of concussion in English secondary school rugby players and to assess the effect age, venue, playing position, and past concussions have on concussion knowledge and attitudes. Method: A total of 262 rugby playing participants (242 male, 20 female age=13.5±1.33years) from schools and clubs around England completed a survey consisting of three sections analysing participant’s knowledge and attitudes towards concussion, concussion management and return to play decisions. Results: The incidence of concussion in the sample was found to be at 23%. No clear pattern emerged between age, venue and playing position on concussion knowledge. However a higher percentage of participants with past concussions reported better knowledge. Furthermore, a higher percentage of younger participants, participants who only played at one venue, forwards and players who had not experienced a concussion reported inappropriate attitudes towards concussion. Conclusions: The comparatively lower incidence of concussion compared to previous literature may be due to the combined effect of good education in the sample leading to better knowledge and attitudes towards concussion. The findings show that there are a number of contributing factors which lead to knowledge and attitudes towards concussion. Interestingly good knowledge of concussion is not always associated with a better attitude towards concussion management. Worrying statistics found in this study regarding both knowledge and attitudes indicate the vital need for further education for young rugby players reduce the incidence of concussion.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Additional Information: BSc (Hons.) Sport & Exercise Science (Sports Performance)
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Divisions: Departments > Sport and Exercise Sciences
Undergraduate Dissertations
Depositing User: Ann Jones
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2016 09:08
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2016 09:08

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