Physician Assistant M.S.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Hanson, Christina


This paper examines concussion education in high school athletes. Specifically, it examines how educationally beneficial a concussion presentation is for high school athletes. The study examined eighteen-year-old participants from two Minnesota high schools participating in Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) sanctioned spring sports. A presentation on concussion definitions, signs/symptoms, and adverse effects was presented to the participants. A pre and posttest questionnaire was used to evaluate participants’ baseline knowledge on concussion related topics and their knowledge gained after hearing the presentation. Data was analyzed via a comparison of the mean score differences using a paired t-test of within group differences of the pre and posttest scores. The findings from the data analysis demonstrate a statistically significant improvement in mean scores from pre to posttest. Specifically, over 80% of participants improved their scores from pre to posttest after listening to the concussion education presentation. The statistically significant findings of the data suggests that a concussion education presentation is educationally beneficial, as demonstrated by the improvement in answers to the multiple choice questions on the pretest and posttest across the sample size as a whole. While this research only scratches the surface of addressing the overall need and effectiveness of concussion education programs, it serves as a guide for further research into the extent of need and benefits of concussion education in high school athletes.

Degree Name

Masters of Science in Physician Assistant

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis

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Primary Care Commons