A common misconception across amateur sporting environments is that having a sideline medic or someone trained in first aid is a sufficient method for managing concussions. Managing a concussion is a process that can take several weeks

and requires specialised knowledge and assistance from all stakeholders.

 

As each person plays a key role in the safe management of a concussion,

neglecting to educate each stakeholder group places athlete safety at risk.

Concussion

education

issues

  • Widespread lack of knowledge at a grassroots level

  • Majority of coaches, athletes, parents, and teachers have never received sufficient concussion education

  • Subsequent inability of all stakeholders to manage concussion and recovery period safely

  • Ill-prepared and incapable stakeholders increases risk of improper management and repeat injury

  • Improper concussion management may leave an athlete susceptible to serious long-term health issues

  • Neglecting concussion education shows a poor attitude towards athlete welfare

Associated risks

Benefits of concussion education

As concussion is a traumatic brain injury with varying levels of severity, there is no room for error in managing the injury

All stakeholders - the coaches, athletes, parents, and teachers, are empowered and enabled to understand incidents of suspected concussion and act accordingly with confidence

With athletes understanding the risks of concussion, along with having the support of their coaches, parents, and teachers, the rates of concussion underreporting will improve

Athletes can participate in sport knowing there are structures in place safeguarding their health, and thus, can only serve to enhance sporting participation at your club or school

Adopting a culture of concussion education will see a much reduced risk of concussion mismanagement, and ultimately, the risk of serious health issues occurring is lowered