The Psychological Effects of Sports Related Concussions and a Proposed Plan for Concussion Recovery at Kalamazoo College
Girard, Rachel M.
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Concussions can be a complicated injury for an athlete to sustain as they are invisible to the onlooker. In order for treatment and recovery to be effective, responsibility falls on both the athlete to report true symptoms and those supporting them to acknowledge and understand the injury. Specifically, education and attitudes on concussion safety can influence reporting behaviors and shape an athlete’s recovery experience. Although a single concussion should not be a career ending injury, prolonged concussion recovery is common. Often, athletes who are already experiencing some kind of underlying psychological issue tend to have poorer recovery outcomes. Not only can pre-existing psychological conditions worsen concussion recovery, but the recommended rest protocol can also be debilitating for athletes as it removes them from their main sources of social support. Because mental health is a large component of a successful recovery, athletic departments must begin incorporating psychological assessments and support for athletes during their concussion recovery process. Further, education on the risks and symptoms of a concussion must be given more attention as it can help teammates and coaches to be more understanding of this traumatic brain injury. Increased education is especially necessary in male-dominated athletic environments where gender norms of toughness can negatively influence reporting behavior and recovery. Based on the literature, a proposed plan for concussion recovery at Kalamazoo College will seek to incorporate more effective educational opportunities for both coaches and athletes and include assessments of and resources for mental health support. In doing so, the Kalamazoo College Athletic Department can be more inclusive of athlete’s overall well-being throughout the recovery process and support the necessary resources for the betterment of athlete’s physical health and mental health.
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