Concussion education in medical students studying in Scotland: an assessment of knowledge and future needs

Christopher G. Jervis*, Stephanie A. Adams, Samantha Fawkner, Steffan A. Griffin

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Background: Physicians play a key role in ensuring athletes with concussion safely return to sport. Research has shown deficiencies in concussion education amongst physicians and medical students. However, studies have not previously been conducted in UK medical schools. Objectives: To assess students’ concussion knowledge and learning in Scottish Medical Schools. Design: A survey with 23 questions was distributed to Year 3–6 medical students studying in Scotland in October 2020. The survey included the following: (1) demographics, (2) concussion knowledge, e.g. ‘What is the role of headgear in preventing concussion?’ (3) concussion learning, ‘In which part of the curriculum should concussion be taught?.’ Frequencies of responses were calculated for each question. Results: 200 students responded (response rate 8%). The average symptoms and management score were 87.3% and 31% respectively. 15% of participants knew that headgear has no role in preventing concussions and one participant identified the minimum “return to sport” timeframes for adults and children. 15% had learnt about concussion at medical school with 92.5% interested in receiving concussion teaching at medical school. Conclusion: Knowledge gaps exist in managing and preventing sports-related concussion. There is a discrepancy between levels of concussion teaching and the desire and importance placed on concussion education.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1196-1203
JournalBrain Injury
Issue number9
Early online date22 Aug 2022
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 22 Aug 2022

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • concussion
  • education
  • medical student


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