The Changing Sense of Who I Am: Social Support and Re-negotiating Identity after Sports-Related Concussions in Female Athletes


I want to know more about identity changes and social support after concussion. I want to understand how female athletes deal with changes in their identity after a concussion. I also want to know more about what role support people have in making sense of those changes. Taking part in this study means that you will be asked to complete up to two interviews with me over the course of two weeks. Each interview will take approximately 1-2 hours and will be done via video conference. Overall, you will be asked questions about your thoughts, feelings, and behaviours in relation to identity changes and social support.


Currently recruiting participants: Yes

Eligible gender: Male, Female, Transgender, Other

Eligible ages: 18 to 40

Accepts healthy participants: Yes

Inclusion criteria:

Women who are 1) current or former athletes who are competing/have competed recreationally and/or on a provincial, national, or international level; 2) Between 18 and 40 years old; 3) Have had a sports-related concussion within the last 6 months to 6 years that was diagnosed by a medical professional; 4) Cleared to return to moderate physical activity. 5) Able to read and have a conversation in English.

People who 1) are 18 years or older; 2) Have supported a female athlete after she experienced a sports-related concussion; 3) Able to read and have a conversation in English.


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Franziska Kintzel

Principal investigator:

José Domene

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