Concussion knowledge and experience among Welsh amateur rugby union coaches and referees
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Background Rugby union is a collision sport where participants are at high risk of sustaining a concussion. In settings where there is little qualified medical supervision, certain stakeholders (eg, coaches and officials) should possess sufficient knowledge in regard to the recognition and management of concussion. Aim The aim of this study was to assess the knowledge and experience of various aspects of concussion among coaches and referees involved in Welsh amateur rugby union. Methods A questionnaire was distributed to 1843 coaches and 420 referees. Results A total of 333 coaches and 283 referees completed the questionnaire (18% and 68% response rates, respectively). Participants exhibited greater knowledge of concussion symptom recognition relative to knowledge of both the consequences of concussion and associated return-to-play protocols, both of which could be considered poor. There were no differences in knowledge levels between coaches and referees or between participants with or without a history of concussion. Two-thirds of participants incorrectly believed that headgear could prevent concussion, and nearly 30% of coaches reported having witnessed other coaches allowing a potentially concussed player to continue playing. Conclusions Identification of several misconceptions indicates that concussion management within Welsh amateur rugby union needs to be improved, warranting a multi-faceted educational intervention.
BMJ Open Sport and Exercise Medicine;
Griffin, S.A., Ranson, C., Moore, I. & Mathema, P. (2017) 'Concussion knowledge and experience among Welsh amateur rugby union coaches and referees', BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine, 3 (1), e000174. doi: 10.1136/bmjsem-2016-000174
This article was published in BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine on 11 September 2017 (online) available open access at http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjsem-2016-000174
Cardiff Metropolitan University (Grant ID: Cardiff Metropolian (Internal))
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