Sport and recreation activities are fun and healthy for children, youth, and young adults. However, if not played with respect and by the rules, sport and recreation can cause concussion. While most players should recover fully from a first concussion, those who continue to play while experiencing symptoms or who return to play too quickly following their injury, or have multiple concussions risk longer-term health problems and perhaps even permanent disability or death.
Course Objectives: Every young athlete should take this course so that they understand why players with suspected concussion must be removed from play immediately and so that they do not downplay their symptoms in order to remain in play or return to play too soon. Concussion Education teaches players to recognize concussion as a serious injury and make responsible choices to protect their long-term health.
Key topic areas:
- Understand what happens to the brain when concussion occurs
- Recognize the signs and symptoms of concussion
- Identify the serious, long-term health risks associated with repeat concussion
- Know that a player must stop playing right away if concussion is suspected
- Explain the 6-steps of the Return to Play Protocol and know the rules that must be followed to fully recover from concussion
Course Duration: This online course is self-paced. Participants may leave the course at any time and resume where they left off. The duration will depend on the learning style, time restraints, and prior knowledge of individual participants. On average, the timeline for completion will 20-30 minutes.
Get prepared for the new season in less than 30 minutes.
HEADS UP Concussion in Youth Sports is a free, online course available to coaches, parents, and others helping to keep athletes safe from concussion.