The purpose of this exploratory study was to examine youth football coaches and their knowledge of, and attitudes towards, sport concussions. Coaches (n = 103) were recruited from several Pop Warner leagues from a large Western state to complete the Rosenbaum Concussion Knowledge and Attitudes Survey. Coaches ranged from 25-75 years of age and were coaching youth athletes ranging from 6-14 years of age. Results indicated that coaches’ knowledge and attitudes of concussions were highly favorable. Coaches not only scored in the 80th percentile on concussion knowledge, but also scored in the 85th percentile on concussion attitudes. There also was a statistically significant positive correlation between coaches’ scores on the Concussion Knowledge Index and the Concussion Attitudes Index, r = .43, p < .01. Additionally, the majority of coaches were required to receive concussion training prior to their employment and many of them received this training through USA Football’s Heads Up concussion education program.
|Commitee:||Becker, Jim, Nakajima, Mimi|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 55/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Coaching, Concussion, Education, Football, Sports, Youth|
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