A 2015 survey conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of UPMC revealed that parents are particularly foggy in terms of concussion knowledge. Only 14% of parents can correctly identify the definition of a concussion.
Explore common parental beliefs regarding concussions with our infographic.
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Parents and Concussion
86% cannot correctly identify the definition of a concussion.
Concussion Equipment Misconceptions
59% falsely believe that safety equipment like helmets and mouth guards can prevent most concussions.
While helmets can help prevent skull fractures, it’s a myth that they can prevent concussions.
50% incorrectly believe there is no way to cure a concussion.
Concussion and Youth Sports
25% don’t let their kids play sports because of fear of concussion.
12% incorrectly believe that athletes should be allowed to return to play immediately after suffering a concussion.
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This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Poll on behalf of UPMC between April 16-23, 2015 among 2,012 U.S. adults age 18 or older, 948 of whom are parents. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please contact Deana Percassi, Harris Poll, (585) 214-7212.
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