What is it about?
We did a large survey of Air Force Academy cadets. Future pilots at the Air Force Academy reported themselves as less willing to report their concussions than other cadets, including athletes. The longer they were at the Academy, the less willing they became. Just the way athletes fear that a concussion will take them out of the game, future pilots fear that a concussion will derail their flying career.
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Why is it important?
There are two important takeaways from our study. One is that people besides athletes get concussions and we need to look at this issue more broadly. Two is that people make the decisions that will help them achieve their goals for the most part, so if there is misinformation about the likely outcomes from a decision like reporting a concussion we need to replace that with better more accurate information.
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