An Action Research Approach to Designing the Athletic Therapy ...

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Abstract

Recent research has demonstrated the amount of variability and lack of standardization in recognizing, assessing, and managing concussions in many different healthcare professions. These findings suggest that there is a need for educators in these professions to critically analyze how they currently teach about concussion assessment and management, while exploring effective pedagogical strategies that could help to improve concussion care. The purpose of this study was to demonstrate how we used an action research approach to identify gaps within concussion assessment and management knowledge in a sample of athletic therapy students, and to use these findings to design an interactive concussion educational tool that integrated various technologies and pedagogical strategies throughout contextually authentic concussion scenarios.