An Investigation of the Prevalence & Reporting of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in a Survey of British Female Basketball Players.

Hall, Layla Skye (2022) An Investigation of the Prevalence & Reporting of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in a Survey of British Female Basketball Players. Masters thesis, University of Gloucestershire. doi:10.46289/7G3TJ3H2

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Objective: The current study sought to investigate the prevalence of reporting of mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) and its symptoms in female basketball athletes. It also sought to evaluate the attitudes and knowledge surrounding mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) in the same sample. Method: Participants (N = 34) from the three highest leagues in Great Britain (Women’s British basketball league: 24.91±4.28 years old, National basketball league division one: 22.06±4.14 years old, National basketball league division two: 22.33±2.73 years old) were recruited. Each participant completed a novel survey assessing the prevalence of mTBI, the reporting habits of mTBI, and the educational history regarding mTBI. Results: Within the sample 52.94% answered they had received a suspected mTBI in their careers, with 35.29% being formally diagnosed with a mTBI. The mean number diagnosed was 2.21±1.90. Athletes were more likely to report a mTBI during a training session than they were in a competition/game (t=0.07, P>0.05) also more likely (t=0.06, P>0.05) to report a mTBI during game play to a teammate than they were to a member of their coaching staff. 41.18% answered yes to if they had ever experienced any mTBI symptoms and continued to play, and 32.35% of the samples answered yes to having not reported mTBI to continue playing in a game or practice. Conclusions: In conclusion, female basketball players within the UK are at risk of sustaining mTBI during their careers, and further to this, these athletes do not report all mTBI suffered from. This supports the current findings in previous research as to the negative culture of underreporting of mTBI in athletic populations.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Traumatic; Brain injury; Female basketball player; mTBI;
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Education and Science
Research Priority Areas: Health, Life Sciences, Sport and Wellbeing
Depositing User: Kamila Niekoraniec
Date Deposited: 15 May 2024 14:36
Last Modified: 17 May 2024 10:39

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