Concussion Awareness Training Tool (CATT) Evaluation Report

Concussions are a brain injury caused by a direct blow to the head or body resulting in a rotational movement of the brain within the skull. It is important to recognize that a concussion can occur with or without loss of consciousness and symptoms can be subtle, including headache, confusion, nausea or dizziness. You cannot always tell right away if someone has a concussion as symptoms may not appear for hours or up to several days.

The purpose of this evaluation for CATT was to determine if attitudes and knowledge were significantly improved among parents with a child registered in an organized sport following completion of CATT. Parents were recruited to complete pre- and post-intervention surveys designed to measure changes in attitudes and knowledge around concussion recognition and management.

The data demonstrated that parents had a statistically significant positive change in concussion knowledge, but no change in attitudes. Attitude scores were, however, seen to be high to begin with, prior to release of CATT PPC. Good concussion management may decrease the risk of brain damage and potentially reduce long-term health issues. CATT is being rolled out provincially in British Columbia, Canada. Funding for this project was provided by the BC Ministry of Health and LIFT Philanthropic Partners.

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