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Hiding Concussion: (I don’t want to let my teammates down) 

Hiding Concussion: (I don’t want to let my teammates down)
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Hiding Concussion: (I don’t want to let my teammates down)
Author(s):

Brian Hainline

, Lindsey J. Gurin

, and Daniel M. Torres

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190937447.003.0026
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date: 23 April 2021

Athletes and other individuals who sustain a concussion may try to hide their symptoms. There are many reasons for doing so, including a sense of invincibility, not wanting to let teammates down, or fearing that removal from play or work may jeopardize a position on a team. It is important to educate all stakeholders about the importance of not hiding concussions. Emerging evidence tells us that athletes who self-report concussion early return to play sooner than athletes who do not. Evidence-based education interventions are needed to positively shift the culture of concussion safety.

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