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Peer Concussion Education Program

Peer Concussion Education Program

The PCEP was developed in part with an award from the NCAA-DoD Mind Matters Educational Programs Challenge. The women’s soccer and men’s lacrosse teams of Chestnut Hill College participated in a pilot implementation of the program and an online program manual was developed to facilitate its broad dissemination. After reviewing the PCEP’s online manual, the NCAA-DoD Mind Matters Educational Programs Challenge Task Force awarded additional funding to conduct a multi-site randomized controlled trial of the PCEP. Ten colleges/universities across the country participated in the trial, which provided evidence supporting the feasibility of the program as well as its effectiveness with respect to increasing concussion knowledge, intention to report concussion and attitudes that support reporting.

Please click on the links below for: 1) an article describing the PCEP and its development, 2) the results of the multi-site randomized controlled trial of the PCEP and 3) to access the PCEP’s online manual.

Kneavel, M. E., Ernst, W.J. & McCarthy, K. S. (2020). Randomized controlled trial of a novel peer concussion-education program for collegiate athletes. Journal of Athletic Training, 55:5, 456-468. doi:10.4085/1062-6050-0182.19

Ernst, W. J. & Kneavel, M.E. (2020). Development of a peer education program to improve concussion knowledge and reporting in collegiate athletes. Journal of Athletic Training, 55:5, 448-455. doi: 10.4085/1062-6050-212-19

Peer Concussion Education Manual 

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