Term of Award

Spring 2021

Degree Name

Master of Science, Kinesiology - Athletic Training Concentration

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

Copyright Statement / License for Reuse

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Department

Department of Health and Kinesiology

Committee Chair

Tamerah Hunt

Committee Member 1

Samuel Wilson

Committee Member 2

Nicholas Siekirk

Non-Voting Committee Member

Jenna Morogiello

Abstract

Background: The epidemiology of concussion in collegiate and high school athletes has been extensively researched. Concussive injury in collegiate recreation, a less supervised sample, is limited. This preliminary study retrospectively examined the incidence and prevalence rates of concussive injuries in intramural and club sports at one institution. Methods: Injury reports were analyzed during the 2016-2019 calendar years. Concussion prevalence, incidence, and odds ratios (reported with 95% CIs) were calculated for intramural and club sports. Results: During the study period, a total of 805 injuries were reported between intramural and club sports with 111 injuries being documented as concussions. Intramural sports concussion prevalence averaged a rate of 2.77 per 1,000 unique participants while the incidence for both intramural and club sports was 13.79%. Females (2.58; 95% CI, 1.623-3.722), club lacrosse (8.923; 95% CI, 0.906-87.84), and club ultimate frisbee (7.83; 95% CI, 1.02-60.114) resulted in having higher odds of sustaining a concussion. Conclusion: Concussion prevalence and incidence was higher in this sample compared to high school and NCAA athletes. The high incidence of concussion paired with lack of medical care may result in poor outcomes in this population. Future research should replicate and expand to ensure increased rates are generalizable.

Research Data and Supplementary Material

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