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Sports concussion management using Facebook: A feasibility study of an innovative adjunct "iCon.

Ahmed, O., Schneiders, A.G., McCrory, P. and Sullivan, S.J., 2017. Sports concussion management using Facebook: A feasibility study of an innovative adjunct "iCon. Journal of Athletic Training, 52 (4), 339-349.

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DOI: 10.4085/1062-6050-52.2.13


Context: Sports concussion is currently the focus of much international attention. Innovative methods of facilitating management following this injury need to be investigated to assist athletic trainers. Objective: The objective of this study was 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 following a sports concussion. Design: This qualitative study was designed as a single-group observational feasibility study using programme evaluation methodology, with the focus on gauging the suitability of the Facebook management strategy for a potential larger study. Setting: iCon involved a Facebook group containing interactive elements, with moderation and support from trained healthcare professionals. Patients or Other Participants: Eleven participants completed the study (n=9 males, n=2 females), and ranged from 18 to 28 years old. Data Collection and Analysis: The study was conducted over a three-month period, with participant questionnaires administered pre- and post-intervention. The primary focus was on the qualitative experiences of the participants in the study, and the effect of iCon on their RTP. Usage data was also collected during the study. Results: At the completion of the study, all participants (100%) stated that they would recommend an intervention such as iCon to others, with their supporting quotes all indicating that iCon has the potential to improve the management of concussion amongst this cohort. The majority of participants (n=9 or 82%) stated they were better informed with regards to their RTP because of participating in iCon. Conclusions: This interactive adjunct to traditional concussion management was appreciated amongst this particular participant group and indicated feasibility for a future, larger study of iCon. Athletic trainers should consider the role that multimedia technologies may play in assisting with the management of sports concussion.

Item Type:Article
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:29201
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:10 May 2017 14:12
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 14:04


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