A new study that surveyed over 400 NCAA Division I athletes found that not only were players uncertain if they would suffer negative consequences from severe head injuries, but they also may be under-reporting concussion symptoms. The study concluded that determining factors in reporting concussion symptoms include team culture, societal influences, such as media, and their understanding of health implications.
According to interviews conducted throughout the study, athletes said that before reporting a head injury, they consider the impact it would have on their team, as well as possible negative reactions from teammates or coaches. Furthermore, athletes reported that their coaches were relatively uninvolved in educating players about concussions.
Concussion symptoms are typically internal (difficulty thinking, blurry vision, headache, and fatigue), putting the onus on the athletes to act in their own best interest by reporting symptoms.
This study provides insight to the factors that college athletes consider when making decisions about reporting concussions, which may help the NCAA address the issue of educating athletes about concussion implications and reporting symptoms.
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