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Summary

This study is creating intervention methods to help athletes seek assistance after they have suffered a concussion. It will also help examine how in-person seminars and multimedia presentations affect athletes' attitudes toward reporting concussions, and use the results of a survey of athletes to develop an intervention strategy delivered in multiple platforms.

Abstract

We have developed an action research program with the following aims and hypotheses:

a. Aim 1: To determine the extent to which SA knowledge, attitudes, subjective norms, perceived behavioral control, and social identity predict SA intentions and behaviors across NCAA divisions.

i. H1: SA attitudes, subjective norms, perceived behavioral control, and social identity, but not knowledge, will significantly predict intentions and behaviors across NCAA divisions.

b. Aim 2: To determine the extent to which stakeholder knowledge, attitudes, and subjective norms predict SA concussion reporting intentions and behaviors.

i. H2: Stakeholder attitudes and subjective norms, but not knowledge will significantly predict SA intentions and behaviors.

c. Aim 3: To compare SA concussion reporting intentions and behaviors prior to and following four concussion reporting interventions (pamphlet only, in-person seminar, multimedia, all) across NCAA divisions.

i. H3: SAs who participate in an in-person seminar and/or the multimedia interventions will have significantly better concussion reporting intentions and behaviors compared to SAs that receive the pamphlet only.

d. Aim 4: To compare stakeholder knowledge, attitudes, and subjective norms prior to and following a multimedia concussion reporting interventions across NCAA divisions.

i. H4: Stakeholders who participate in the multimedia concussion reporting intervention will have significantly better knowledge, attitudes, and subjective norms

Sponsorship

National Collegiate Athletic Association
$399,897

Principal Investigator

Julianne D. Schmidt
Assistant Professor
Kinesiology

Co-PIs

  • David Welch Suggs Grady College
  • Ron Courson UGA Athletic Association
  • L. Stephen Miller UGA Bioimaging Research Center
  • Fred Reifstech UGA Athletic Association

Active Since

February 2016