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Under Reporting of Concussions By High School Athletes Continues Despite Increased Education

The under reporting rate of approximately 40% for perceived concussions was not substantially better than the 50% under reporting rate found in previous studies over the last decade.

Researchers at WakeMed Health and Hospitals, Raleigh, NC, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and A.T. Still University in Mesa, Arizona, found that, while athletes are generally knowledgeable about the signs and symptoms of concussion, there is a “gross under reporting” of concussion events, with a large proportion of those surveyed indicating that they continued to participate in both games and practices while experiencing symptoms.

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