Date of Scholarly Project Submission


Degree Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



Faculty Chairperson

Dr. Jane Campbell

Second Committee Member

Dr. Melissa Romero

Third Committee Member

Michelle Johnson


The concern with concussions has taken our society by storm as it relates to the health consequences either: acute, chronic, and/or later in life as a result of experiencing a single or multiple concussions. Research is thriving on concussion diagnosis, management, and treatment and will continue to do so in the years to come. Preventative measures in a variety of forms is the cornerstone for dealing with concussions at this time; with evidence showing formal educational programs are effective. ThinkFirst: National Injury Prevention Foundation, provides educational programs for first through eighth grade students on prevention of brain, spinal cord, and trauma injuries with the use of the Health Belief Model (HBM). The scholarly project was guided by both the fourth grade curriculum on playground safety from ThinkFirst and the HBM. Evaluation of the education provided to fourth grade students was done through a pre-test and post-test format with the use of a four point Likert scale to analyze a change in behavior. Demographic information was also analyzed. Further intentions with the scholarly project is for the students to transcend the behaviors learned on playground safety into everyday life