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175 Prevention and management of sport-related concussions: current knowledge and practices among field stakeholders of the French-speaking IOC research centre (ReFORM)
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  1. Géraldine Martens1,
  2. Jean-François Kaux1,
  3. Aurore Thibaut6,
  4. Philippe Tscholl2,
  5. Axel Urhausen3,
  6. Sébastien Le Garrec4,
  7. Suzanne Leclerc5
  1. 1Réseau Francophone Olympique de la Recherche en Médecine du Sport (ReFORM), Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Liège, Liège, Belgium
  2. 2Réseau Francophone Olympique de la Recherche en Médecine du Sport (ReFORM), Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève, Genève, Switzerland
  3. 3Réseau Francophone Olympique de la Recherche en Médecine du Sport (ReFORM), Centre Hospitalier de Luxembourg, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
  4. 4Réseau Francophone Olympique de la Recherche en Médecine du Sport (ReFORM), Institut National du Sport, de l’Expertise et de la Performance, Paris, France
  5. 5Réseau Francophone Olympique de la Recherche en Médecine du Sport (ReFORM), Institut National du Sport du Québec, Montréal, Canada
  6. 6Coma Science Group – GIGA Consciousness, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Liège, Liège, Belgium

Abstract

Background Sport-related concussions (SRC) impact the practice of numerous athletes. Their appropriate management involves education and prevention among all field stakeholders including physicians, coaches and athletes themselves.

Objective To assess the current state of knowledge and practice regarding SRC (diagnosis, treatment, return to play) within the French-speaking sports community in order to tailor the prevention approaches.

Design Multicentric cross sectional survey.

Setting An online survey (~ 15 minutes completion time) was sent through mailing lists and social networks. The survey was available for three months and monthly reminders were sent.

Patients (or Participants) Athletes, sports healthcare professionals, and coaches through the ReFORM network

Interventions (or Assessment of Risk Factors) N/A

Main Outcome Measurements Reported level of knowledge regarding SRC and access to educational resources.

Results 2072 participants took part in the survey and 1704 finished it (completion rate: 82%). The sample included 48% of athletes, 33% of coaches and 19% of healthcare professionals. The main countries represented were France (35%), Canada (32%) and Belgium (12%). The preliminary analyses reported a SRC knowledge self-assessment as ‘good’ or ‘excellent’ in 87% of healthcare professionals and 69% of coaches; while more than 40% of athletes rated their knowledge as ‘poor’ or ‘none’. Only 17% of athletes reported knowing about a SRC education programme in their setting against 63% for healthcare professionals and 45% for coaches. Regarding coaches, 54% do not feel having sufficient professional resources to correctly manage a SRC over the return to sports continuum.

Conclusions There seems to be a great interest from field stakeholders reflected by the completion rate. These preliminary results show a discrepancy in the level of SRC knowledge and the access to educational resources between athletes, coaches and healthcare professionals.

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