Concussions are constantly in the media for their effect on former NFL players who are diagnosed with Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), typically postÂmortem. A less reported effect of concussions is the one it has on studentÂathletes at the high school and college levels. The damage of concussions is partially the result of factors such as a lack of knowledge, misguided attitudes and beliefs, and inadequate management programs. This study used cluster sampling to survey thirty fallÂsport, college athletes about their knowledge, attitudes and beliefs towards concussions. They were surveyed once more after the schoolÂplanned concussion education meeting with a local doctor for the athletes. The possibility of testing effects should be acknowledged because the pre and postÂtest forms were identical. Data analysis focused on comparisons between pretest and posttest scores. This analysis was narrowed to also focus on subgroups of the pre and postÂtests. Attitudes and beliefs remained stagnant after the education. Knowledge of concussion symptoms changed in an unexpected way. The time in which one completed the posttest affected how accurately one would identify symptoms. An apparent sports culture exists and contributes to studentsâ€™ feelings of hopelessness when learning about concussions. This hopelessness leads to identifying a significantly greater amount of potential symptoms as true symptoms.
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