His abstract on sports-related concussion in high school wrestlers can be found below.
SPORTS-RELATED CONCUSSION IN HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLERS: SURVEY OF WRESTLERS AND THEIR PARENTS.
Goldberg M, Mehallo C, White C, Silberstein S: Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, Rothman Orthopaedic Institute, Jefferson Headache Center, Philadelphia, PA
Objectives: Concussion is common in contact sports. Concussion evaluation depends on self-reported symptoms and objective measures (balance, oculomotor function, reaction time, and cognitive function). We assessed the experience with, attitude towards, and knowledge of sports-related concussion in high school wrestlers and their parents.
Methods: A survey was done at a wrestling tournament assessing demographic characteristics, as well as experience with, attitude towards, and knowledge of sports-related concussion. 53 male high school wrestlers and 46 of their parents completed the survey. Statistical analysis was performed using Chi-square, Fisher’s exact, and t-test methods. Statistical significance was defined as p < 0.05.
Results: 32% of surveyed wrestlers reported having a prior concussion. 47% of previously concussed wrestlers vs. 11% of non-concussed wrestlers considered stopping participation in a contact sport due to concussion concern (p < 0.01). 67% of parents vs. 23% of wrestlers considered stopping participation in a contact sport due to concussion concern (p < 0.001). 49% of wrestlers vs. 7% of parents were willing to conceal a concussion in order to continue participation in athletic activity (p < 0.001). Parents scored higher than wrestlers on concussion knowledge testing. Overall, those with lower knowledge of concussion (< 50% correct) were more likely to conceal a concussion (39% vs. 15%) (p < 0.05).
Conclusions: Previously concussed wrestlers, all parents, and wrestlers/parents with higher concussion knowledge were most concerned about the risks of sports-related concussion. The finding that 49% of high school wrestlers would conceal a concussion in order to continue participation in athletic activities is concerning.This demonstrates the importance of objective measures of concussion in addition to self-reported symptoms. This highlights the need for continued education of both parents and athletes about the risks of concealing a concussion to continue sports participation.