CONCUSSION TRAINING (ONLINE - FREE!)
There are a variety of online training and certification programs that are available to coaches, players, athletic trainers and directors to best recognize, evaluate, and manage concussions in youth sports. Below are a few of our most recommended options:
Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports is a free, online course available to coaches, parents, and others helping to keep athletes safe from concussion. It features interviews with leading experts, dynamic graphics and interactive exercises, and compelling storytelling to help you recognize a concussion and know how to respond if you think that your athlete might have a concussion.
Once you complete the training and quiz, you can print out a certificate, making it easy to show your league or school you are ready for the season.
An e-learning program has been specifically designed to address the knowledge gaps of youth sports coaches and empower them to make decisions regarding athletes with possible concussion. ACTive: Athletic Concussion Training™ using Interactive Video Education, is now available free of charge. Developed with funding from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the 20-minute interactive training program consists of modules covering general information about youth sports concussion, as well as how to recognize and manage athletes with signs or symptoms of a possible concussion. Content for the ACTive program was based on the recommendations of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and the International Conference on Concussion in Sport (Guskiewicz et al., 2004; McCrory et al., 2009).
The NFHS has teamed up with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to educate coaches, officials, parents and students on the importance of proper concussion recognition and management in high school sports. This course highlights the impact of sports-related concussion on athletes, teaches how to recognize a suspected concussion, and provides protocols to manage a suspected concussion with steps to help players return to play safely after a concussion. Each state's requirements for concussion management are included as part of the course.
This course is intended for regular and special education teachers, school psychologists, educational consultants, social workers, guidance counselors, principals, speech and language pathologists and other professionals who work with students with brain injuries.
The contents of this course include information about brain injury, including:
Unit 1 – Brain Injury in Students
Unit 2 – Concussion in the Classroom
Unit 3 – Concussion in Youth Sports
ConcussionWise™ is part of a family of online concussion education courses designed to meet the needs of athletic trainers, physicians, coaches, parents, athletes, and other health care providers. ConcussionWise™ is delivered in an engaging, interactive format that covers four critical phases of concussion management: Prevention, Preparation, Response and Recovery/Return to Play. Several ConcussionWise™ Courses are available:
ConcussionWise™ AT: for Athletic Trainers (2.0 hours of BOC approved CEUs)
ConcussionWise™ DR: for Physicians
ConcussionWise™ RN: for Nurses
ConcussionWise™ Pro: for Coaches
ConcussionWise™ Sport: for Athletes and Parents
ConcussionWise is a product of Sport Safety International.
The National Alliance for Youth Sports is aware that concussions in sports are an extremely important topic for coaches and parents of young athletes no matter the sport. The Sports Concussion Institute estimates that between 5-10% of all athletes will experience a concussion during a given season and those numbers increase for contact sports such as football and soccer.
Because this is such an important subject, NAYS has created optional concussion training courses for NYSCA coaches and PAYS members to supplement the information covered during their training. NAYS has also decided to offer this course to everyone, completely FREE!