Date of Publication


Document Type

Undergraduate Project

Professor's Name

Dr. Dane-Staples


Athletes have the common issue on whether they should report a concussion or to continue to play through it. The athletes often suspect symptoms of concussions but then do not connect them to the injury concussion itself. Personal and external factors play a role in their decision making. This study looked at the St. John Fisher athletes and their decision making process on whether they report or not. The study included six football athletes and two non-football athletes, including a basketball and soccer athlete. The researcher found that athletes chose to play through their injuries and that the biggest factor is themselves. As hypothesized by the researcher, the athletes on smaller teams felt more comfortable with telling their teammates. The study also found that athletes do not think their injuries are serious enough, so they are not willing to sit out for an injury they do not deem worthy of missed playing time.