Concussion in Theater: A Cross-Sectional Survey of Prevalence and Management in Actors and Theater Technicians

J Occup Environ Med. 2018 Mar;60(3):205-210. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000001236.


Objective: Determine the history of occupational head impacts, concussion symptoms, and concussion management in theater personnel.

Methods: Personnel working in theater environments completed a survey about head impacts that occurred in theater activities and how they were managed.

Results: Lifetime prevalence of sustaining at least one theater-related head impact was 67%. Thirty-nine percent of respondents reported more than five lifetime head impacts; 77% reported three or more. Of those who struck their head, 70% experienced concussion-related symptoms, but continued participating. Nearly half of those did not report the incident. Twenty-eight percent of those diagnosed with a concussion by a healthcare provider were not given recommended care.

Conclusions: Theater personnel are likely to sustain several occupational head impacts. They appear hesitant to report possible concussions and generally do not access definitive, evidence-based healthcare for head injuries.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Art*
  • Brain Concussion / epidemiology*
  • Brain Concussion / therapy
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Occupational Injuries / epidemiology*
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care
  • Prevalence
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Young Adult