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Title

Gender Differences in Parental Attitudes Towards Traumatic Brain Injuries in Youth Athletes

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Abstract

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) have recently become an important topic in today’s media. These injuries affect many of our athletes, including those at the youth level. Our research focuses on parental attitudes towards the risks and severity of concussions in youth sports. This research leads us to three hypotheses. In the first hypothesis we predict that concussions will be viewed as more serious and require more preventative behavior when an athlete is female than when an athlete is male. The second hypothesis leads us to predict that parents will treat younger children’s injuries more seriously than older children's injuries. The last hypothesis predicts that concussions will be treated less seriously than injuries sustained on other parts of the body. It is important to look at the current knowledge, awareness, and attitudes towards traumatic brain injuries in youth athletes to better inform the public on how to prevent, recognize, and treat them.

Start Date

25-4-2015 12:00 PM

End Date

25-4-2015 1:15 PM

Faculty Advisor

Carolyn Hildebrandt

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Location: Great Reading Room, Seerley Hall

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Gender Differences in Parental Attitudes Towards Traumatic Brain Injuries in Youth Athletes

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) have recently become an important topic in today’s media. These injuries affect many of our athletes, including those at the youth level. Our research focuses on parental attitudes towards the risks and severity of concussions in youth sports. This research leads us to three hypotheses. In the first hypothesis we predict that concussions will be viewed as more serious and require more preventative behavior when an athlete is female than when an athlete is male. The second hypothesis leads us to predict that parents will treat younger children’s injuries more seriously than older children's injuries. The last hypothesis predicts that concussions will be treated less seriously than injuries sustained on other parts of the body. It is important to look at the current knowledge, awareness, and attitudes towards traumatic brain injuries in youth athletes to better inform the public on how to prevent, recognize, and treat them.