Date of Graduation

Spring 2014


Master of Science in Athletic Training



Committee Chair

Michael Hudson


The purpose of this study was to investigate the knowledge and attitudes of parents of high school football players in the Springfield, MO area. This study examined participants' knowledge and attitudes about concussions based on factors such as the participant's gender, the family's previous history with a concussion injury, and the number of seasons the child played football. I found study participants by contacting football coaches and administrators at three local high schools. This resulted in the survey being sent to 285 parents; however, I received only 39 completed surveys, a 13.7% response rate. Based on these surveys, the participants with a family history of concussion demonstrated a positive correlation between their attitudes about the management of concussions and the number of seasons their child played football (r = 0.57, P = 0.03). This result can help lead future research and preparation in the area of concussion education.


concussion knowledge, concussion attitudes, high school football, parents, family history

Subject Categories

Sports Sciences


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