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Title: A comparison of US and Scotland youth soccer coaches' legal consciousness regarding concussion safety regulations
Author(s): DeMartini, Anne L
Kim, Sungwon
Connaughton, Daniel P
McArdle, David
Keywords: Association football
coach education
sports law
traumatic brain injury
Issue Date: 23-Dec-2020
Date Deposited: 4-Mar-2021
Citation: DeMartini AL, Kim S, Connaughton DP & McArdle D (2020) A comparison of US and Scotland youth soccer coaches' legal consciousness regarding concussion safety regulations. International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching. https://doi.org/10.1177/1747954120981197
Abstract: Due to the severe health consequences of sport related concussion (SRC), governments and sport governing bodies around the world have enacted numerous measures including changes to legislation and rules of the game, and increased emphasis on coach education. This study compared the legal consciousness of girls’ youth soccer coaches regarding concussion management under a statutory legal regime in the U.S. and a non-statutory regime in Scotland. The present study collected qualitative data through ten interviews of girls’ youth soccer coaches in Scotland and another ten interviews of girls’ high school soccer coaches in the U.S. Utilizing the socio-legal theory of legal consciousness, the findings support the idea that people make connections from their past experiences to shape their understanding of the law. We observed variance between U.S. and Scottish coaches’ legal consciousness. Overall, all coaches exhibited a version of conformity to and engagement with SRC management guidance and little resistance. Florida coaches displayed more conformity, likely due to the SRC educated mandated by law. Scottish coaches who had coached in the U.S. previously demonstrated the strongest resistance. The findings suggest a need for continued improvement in the implementation of SRC laws and guidelines including updated training and better dissemination of educational materials.
DOI Link: 10.1177/1747954120981197
Rights: DeMartini AL, Kim S, Connaughton DP & McArdle D, A comparison of US and Scotland youth soccer coaches' legal consciousness regarding concussion safety regulations, International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching (Forthcoming). Copyright © 2020 The Authors. Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications. Reuse is restricted to non-commercial and no derivative uses. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1747954120981197
Notes: Output Status: Forthcoming/Available Online
Licence URL(s): http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

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