Concussion in Theater: A Cross-Sectional Survey of Prevalence and Management in Actors and Theater Technicians

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Abstract

Objective:

Determine the history of occupational head impacts, concussion symptoms, and concussion management in theater personnel.

Methods:

Personnel working in theater environments completed a survey about head impacts that occurred in theater activities and how they were managed.

Results:

Lifetime prevalence of sustaining at least one theater-related head impact was 67%. Thirty-nine percent of respondents reported more than five lifetime head impacts; 77% reported three or more. Of those who struck their head, 70% experienced concussion-related symptoms, but continued participating. Nearly half of those did not report the incident. Twenty-eight percent of those diagnosed with a concussion by a healthcare provider were not given recommended care.

Conclusions:

Theater personnel are likely to sustain several occupational head impacts. They appear hesitant to report possible concussions and generally do not access definitive, evidence-based healthcare for head injuries.

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