Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Science


Speech-Language Pathology


Anthony P. Salvatore


Recent research in sport-related concussions has begun to reveal more about the specific hazards of high school football. However, the national reports of incidence/prevalence of concussions in this population appear to be inaccurate, because only emergency department (ED) visits are accounted for in reporting the number of concussions sustained in football. Purpose: The purpose of this study was to investigate whether there is a statistically significant difference between the frequencies of concussion reports by athletic trainers (ATC) versus hospital records on concussion in high school football players in El Paso, Texas. Method: A questionnaire was delivered to athletic trainers through face-to-face interactions in El Paso, TX and admission reports were collected from all participating hospitals in the city for comparison. Results: There was a statistically significant difference between concussions reports, more by athletic trainers than the number of hospital ED reports with a diagnosis of a concussion. Fifty-five percent of the concussions reported by athletic trainers were not admitted to a hospital, and 24% did not receive any medical attention.




Received from ProQuest

File Size

102 pages

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Rights Holder

Princess Arcelia Puga