Date of Award

Spring 2008

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)


Human Movement Sciences


Athletic Training

Committee Director

Bonnie Van Lunen

Committee Member

James Onate

Committee Member

Tracy M. Covassin

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.E44 B75 2008


Research has shown that sport related concussions are occurring at high rates across the United States. Research has also shown that there are many misconceptions among youth sports coaches regarding concussions. Therefore the purpose of this study was to determine the effects of an educational intervention on the knowledge of concussion recognition, management and prevention for youth sports coaches. A secondary purpose was to compare various relationships between demographic characteristics and the concussion knowledge assessment scores. A twenty-one question multiple choice assessment and 16 option symptom recognition checklist was utilized to assess concussion knowledge prior to and following an educational intervention. A demographic questionnaire was also used to collect information about coaches that may have affected their assessment scores. A coaches pamphlet and informational clipboard from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Head's Up: Concussion in Youth Sports tool kit was used for educational materials. On the pre-educational concussion knowledge assessment coaches mean scores were 19.03±1.68 (21 total score) on the total multiple choice assessment and 6.40±1.20 (8 total score) on the symptom checklist. The mean multiple choice scores for recognition were 6.53±.80 (7 total score), management were 6.60±.67 (7 total score) and prevention were 5.90±1.07 (7 total score). Repeated measures ANOVA showed a main effect for time (p=.022, F=5.715) with post education scores (μ=19.89±1.110) being higher than pre education assessment scores (μ=19.39±.946). T-tests revealed significant differences between concussion recognition (μ=6.53±.801) and prevention (μ=5.90±1.077) (p


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