Fall is finally here, which means our favorite fall sports are now in full swing.

Yet with fall sports comes the potential for increased injury among young athletes – specifically, sport-related concussions (SRC). Studies show that over 50% of SRCs go unreported, resulting in delayed care and long-term health impacts for athletes.

That’s where UNC Greensboro’s Dr. Jeff Milroy comes in. Milroy, an assistant professor in the Dept. of Public Health Education and associate director of the Institute to Promote Athlete Health and Wellness, has spent the last five years investigating concussion disclosure among young athletes.

Now, Milroy and his colleagues have been awarded a National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) grant to investigate how the athlete-parent relationship affects disclosure. The research team, led by Milroy, includes Dr. David Wyrick (UNCG), Dr. Emily Kroshus (Washington State University), Dr. Bill Hansen (Prevention Strategies), and doctoral student Pauline Privitera (UNCG). NINR is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The new study builds off a 2016 study, funded by the NCAA and U.S. Department of Defense, in which Milroy and Wyrick explored the athlete-coach relationship.

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Originally published Oct 1, 2019.