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Title: Sport Concussion Management Using Facebook: A Feasibility Study of an Innovative Adjunct "iCon".
Austin Authors: Ahmed, Osman Hassan;Schneiders, Anthony G;McCrory, Paul R;Sullivan, S John
Affiliation: Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Bournemouth University, Dorset, United Kingdom
Centre for Health, Activity, and Rehabilitation Research, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences, Central Queensland University, Branyan, Australia
The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, The University of Melbourne, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia
Issue Date: Apr-2017
Publication information: Journal of athletic training 2017; 52(4): 339-349
Abstract:   Sport concussion is currently the focus of much international attention. Innovative methods to assist athletic trainers in facilitating management after this injury need to be investigated.   To investigate the feasibility of using a Facebook concussion-management program termed iCon (interactive concussion management) to facilitate the safe return to play (RTP) of young persons after sport concussion.   Observational study.   Facebook group containing interactive elements, with moderation and support from trained health care professionals.   Eleven participants (n = 9 men, n = 2 women; range, 18 to 28 years old) completed the study.   The study was conducted over a 3-month period, with participant questionnaires administered preintervention and postintervention. The primary focus was on the qualitative experiences of the participants and the effect of iCon on their RTP. Usage data were also collected.   At the completion of the study, all participants (100%) stated that they would recommend an intervention such as iCon to others. Their supporting quotes all indicated that iCon has the potential to improve the management of concussion among this cohort. Most participants (n = 9, 82%) stated they were better informed with regard to their RTP due to participating in iCon.   This interactive adjunct to traditional concussion management was appreciated among this participant group, which indicates the feasibility of a future, larger study of iCon. Athletic trainers should consider the role that multimedia technologies may play in assisting with the management of sport concussion.
DOI: 10.4085/1062-6050-52.2.13
Journal: Journal of athletic training
PubMed URL: 28430553
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Internet
program evaluation
social media
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