In this study researchers conducted surveys on male and female athletes to gain insights into their concussion knowledge and how aggressive they were. The researchers found that boys had greater awareness of safe play. Interestingly the researchers found that males sustained 7 times more hits during games than in practice. Moreover, players who were less aggressive sustained less hits in practices and games compared with their higher aggressive rating peers. The researched concluded with the advice that coaches and sports medicine staff should attempt to ensure that all athletes are aware of the dangers of concussion. Furthermore, they should be aware of the level of aggressiveness that athletes have in order to better protect athletes.
Understanding the levels of concussion knowledge especially at the youth and adolescent level will enable better education going forward. Having a deep knowledge of what is and isn’t working could be especially useful going forward, because it can enable better and more targeted concussion education. Furthermore, aggression in this study showed a good tool for identifying the players who would get hit harder. While harder hits may not be a useful tool to examine concussion rates it could be useful to examine long term brain health. However, the use of aggression should be researched more on a larger scale to validate this research team’s findings because they had such a small sample size.
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