Establish the knowledge and beliefs of the parents of high school rugby players about concussion.
Descriptive cross-sectional intercept style face-to-face pilot survey.
The survey was conducted during high school rugby games.
Two hundred parents of male high school rugby players who were attending their teenagers' games.
Exploratory analysis of the closed- and open-ended questionnaire. Concussion signs and symptoms were subsequently mapped onto the framework of the Sport Concussion Assessment Tool.
Most parents (83%; 165 of 198) reported that they were able to recognize a concussion in their teenager and provide a list of well-accepted signs and symptoms. Nearly all (96%; 188 of 196) were aware of the risks of continuing to play while concussed, and approximately half (51%; 99 of 196) were aware of return-to-play guidelines/recommendations after a concussion.
Parents of male high school rugby players reported having basic knowledge of concussion symptoms and the seriousness of concussion. Parents are potentially key figures in the detection of a possible concussion in the postgame/practice home environment.
From the *Centre for Physiotherapy Research, School of Physiotherapy, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand; †Centre for Health, Exercise and Sports Medicine, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; and ‡Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, Dunedin School of Medicine, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.
Submitted for publication October 17, 2007; accepted March 4, 2009.
The authors state that they have no financial interest in the products mentioned within this article.
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