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.
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
Associate Professor, Kinesiology
Grady CollegeLaura Lee Bierema
Professor, Lifelong Education, Administration, and PolicyRon Courson
UGA Athletic AssociationL. Stephen Miller
UGA Bioimaging Research CenterFred Reifstech
UGA Athletic Association