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Concussion and Academics: A Hermeneutical Phenomenlogical Exploration of the Lived Experiences of Community College Student-athletes

This hermeneutical phenomenological qualitative study seeks to understand the lived experiences of concussed community college student-athletes as they reintegrated back into the classroom after their injury. This study included 12 student-athletes enrolled at three community colleges in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas. Findings indicated that student-athletes are experiencing difficulty in the classroom after their concussive injury as a result of cognitive symptoms and lack of academic accommodations. Themes included: the concussion experience of community college student-athletes, impact on social identity, identified institutional support, and perceptions about academic accommodations. Implications for policy, practice, and future research are discussed.

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