Master of Science in Nursing Evidence-Based Practice Projects

Date Degree Awarded


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.)



Committee Chair

Sharon Christman, Ph.D., RN, FAHA

Second Committee Member

Evan Hellwig, PhD, ATC, PT

Third Committee Member

Cliff Fawcett, MSN, MEd, RN, CFNP, ATC


Concussion, Pre-participation Examination, Mild Traumatic Brain Injury, High School, Athletics


Introduction: Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries (MTBIs) are some of the most common injuries that occur in the adolescent athlete population, and yet experts believe that MTBI’s are underreported. Most state athletic organizations require annual Pre-Participation Examinations in order to participate in high school sports. The purpose of this study was to research the effectiveness of the Ohio High School Athletic Association Pre-Participation Exam (OHSAA PPE) form in eliciting previous MTBIs.

Method: A descriptive, correlational study was conducted with 43 high school football players at a mass-screening event.

Results: There was a statistically significant underreporting of MTBI’s on the OHSAA PPE exam compared to the Ohio State University Traumatic Brain Injury-short form questionnaire.

Discussion: Mild traumatic brain injuries, when left untreated, can become life altering and even life threatening. Proper recognition of MTBI in high school athletes is imperative in order to prevent long-lasting complications and injury.

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