Concussions among athletes in contact sports are a prevalent health concern in the United States. There are few studies that have assessed concussion from the perspective of judo coaches. This is a descriptive study of a survey sent to 1,056 United States judo coaches assessing their attitudes, knowledge, and practices toward concussion. The survey had a response rate of 21%, with 215 total responses. Though most coaches could accurately identify common symptoms of concussion from a case presentation, many also misidentified nonconcussion and red flags (e.g., facial droop) as symptoms of concussion. A minority of coaches reported any formal training in concussion management. USA Judo coaches are receptive to and would benefit from a sport-specific standardized concussion training program.
Yannetsos is with the Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, CO, USA; Yannetsos was a 2004 Olympic alternate in judo who now volunteers as team physician. Pacheco is a medical student at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI, USA. Thomas is an associate professor of pediatrics in the Section of Emergency Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI, USA.