Does having had a concussion aid in knowing about concussion knowledge?

  • F. Richard FerraroEmail author
  • Kathryn Feltman


Students who self-reported having had a concussion (C, n = 25) or not having had a concussion (NC, n = 63) took the Sports Concussion Knowledge questionnaire (9 true statements/17 false statements about concussions), responding true or false to each statement and indicating their confidence level (0–100%) in their answer. They also took the Executive Function Index. Groups did not differ on TT statements (true statements responded to as true) and TF statements (true statements responded to as false), F’s < 1.0. However, for the FF statements (false statements responded to as false), the C group (79% correct) was more accurate than the NC group (74% correct; p < .05). Confidence levels were high for both groups (78–80%). For the FT statements (false statements responded to as being true), the C group (21% errors) was more accurate than the NC group (26% errors; p < .05). Confidence levels were, again, high 70%. No group differences emerged for the EFI. Those in the C group a) were more accurate when indicating a false statement was false and b) displayed less misconception about Sports Concussions. In some cases, having had a concussion facilitates concussion knowledge.


Concussion College students Concussion knowledge 


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On behalf of all authors, the corresponding author states that there is no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychology, 2921 Columbia Hall (Former School of Medicine and Health Sciences)University of North DakotaGrand ForksUSA
  2. 2.U.S. Army Aeronautical Research LaboratoryFt. RuckerUSA

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