High school soccer players with concussion education are more likely to notify their coach of a suspected concussion

Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2012 Apr;51(4):332-6. doi: 10.1177/0009922811425233. Epub 2011 Oct 17.


Previously published studies have found that concussion symptoms are underreported in youth athletics. This study evaluated the likelihood high school soccer players would identify themselves as having concussion related symptoms during game situations. A questionnaire inquiring about past concussion education and the likelihood of notifying their coach of concussion symptoms was administered to 183 high school soccer players. Of the 60 (33%) who completed the survey, 18 (72%) athletes who had acknowledged receiving concussion training responded that they would always notify their coach of concussion symptoms, as compared with 12 (36%) of the players who reported having no such training (P = .01). The results of this study suggest that athletes with past concussion training are more likely to notify their coach of concussion symptoms, potentially reducing their risk for further injury. Concussion education should be considered for all high school soccer players.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Brain Concussion / diagnosis*
  • Brain Concussion / etiology
  • Brain Concussion / prevention & control
  • Female
  • Health Education*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Schools
  • Soccer / injuries*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires