A survey of US adults suggests the vast majority don’t know the definition of a concussion and many don’t know the injury is treatable.
The national survey of 2,012 Americans age 18 and over was conducted online in April by Harris Poll on behalf of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. The survey results show that, despite a lack of knowledge and understanding, there is a high level of concern and even fear across the country.
A fear of concussions may affect parents’ decisions to let their kids play contact sports:
- 9 in 10 (89 percent) adults believe concussions are a moderate to severe health concern
- About 1 in 3 (32 percent) of parents live in fear that their child will get a concussion
- 1 in 4 (25 percent) of parents do not let their kids play some contact sports because of fear of concussion
- 2 in 5 (41 percent) adults feel that getting a concussion is a “living nightmare”