Concussion and the media: the importance of reporting

Written by Carissa Drake

It has never been more important to keep the public fully informed about sport-related concussions and their consequences. Although articles are posted regularly on concussion-related incidents, it is vital that the information is accurate and consistent, and the public is not misled. “Mainstream media and social media platforms play a huge role in influencing public opinion, with Twitter becoming ever more popular as a newsfeed.” A 2012 survey in the UK assessing the public’s knowledge of sport-related concussions revealed a poor understanding of concussive injuries, as well as misconceptions surroundings the effects of concussion. The authors of the study said:...

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