Perspective From a Varsity Athlete Seeking Concussion Information to Help Recovery


  • Emily Baker University of British Columbia
  • Shazya Karmali BC Children's Hospital
  • Shelina Babul University of British Columbia



Concussion, Education, Athlete, Traumatic Brain Injury, Care Seeking


The purpose of this paper is to share my experience, as a varsity rugby player, in seeking guidance and accurate and accessible concussion education and information through online web-based platforms after suffering multiple concussions. My experience is not unique; I am one of countless young adults who search the web for knowledge and information through online search engines for health-related advice. Young adults utilize the internet for accurate and relevant health information, as the digital age has reshaped how one obtains relevant information to change their knowledge and behaviour. When my sports medicine physician informed me that I could not participate in rugby-related contact practices for a lengthy period of time, I, as an athlete, needed to further my knowledge on the intricacies of the brain and the impact that multiple concussions may have. I also wanted to understand why I had to take so much time off to heal when, physically, I was feeling fine. Knowing that I would be missing provincial rugby tournaments and a tour to Ireland, I wanted to find answers beyond those provided by my healthcare provider. Through my online search for information, I discovered a lot of information on concussions, but I still had trouble finding answers from one trusted and reputable source. In this commentary, I discuss my experience with concussions, how I used the internet to obtain credible information and what I found, how social media provided me with additional support, and why finding accurate concussion information is important for recovery.  


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How to Cite

Baker, E. ., Karmali, S. ., & Babul, S. (2022). Perspective From a Varsity Athlete Seeking Concussion Information to Help Recovery. The Health & Fitness Journal of Canada, 14(4), 10–15.