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Concussion Events and the NCAA Mind Matters Challenge: Changing Safety Behaviors by Shifting Sports Narratives


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Athlete safety and concussion injuries are public health concerns. Athletes sometimes conceal injuries or delay disclosure of symptoms to avoid injury treatment protocols. In this episode of Defining Moments, Dr. Alaina Zanin links failure to disclose injuries to sports narratives in the U.S. Dr. Zanin and a team of researchers from the Arizona State University Center for Strategic Communication are partnering with the NCAA and the U.S. Department of Defense in the Mind Matters Challenge. Dr. Zanin and colleagues are developing narrative interventions to change the culture of concussion reporting among college athletes.

 

You can two of Dr. Zanin’s articles on sports narratives in Health Communication here and here:

You can learn more about the Arizona State University Center for Strategic Communication and its Mind Matters Challenge here: