Date of Award

Spring 5-2020

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Mass Communication

First Advisor

Mike Wall

Second Advisor

Megan Phifer-Davis

Third Advisor

Richard Reighard


The main goal of this project is to inform and educate you on the various threads concerning concussions in the world of sports. Athletes competing in contact sports at a high level are at risk of receiving a mild traumatic brain injury as well as suffering from post concussion syndrome. The reader can review the state of concussions and receive professional information from doctors and trainers. The audience can also get an inside look into the minds of players who have dealt with this injury themselves. One will find qualitative and quantitative data that presents information related to mental health issues caused by mild traumatic brain injuries. Personal accounts as well as statistical research accommodate the findings involving concussions as it pertains to hockey and football players at the professional level and other high performing levels. The focus is directed towards long term health complications and the various nuances of a diagnosed concussion within society.