2018-19 Season

The content for this course was developed by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Over the last decade, sports-related concussions have come to the forefront of the many serious issues that we deal with in sports medicine. Concussions occur in all sports, but are more common in sports where contact occurs such as football, ice hockey, and soccer.  If they are not recognized early and managed properly, concussions have the potential for long term problems and very serious complications.

What may appear to be only a mild jolt or blow to the head or body can result in a concussion. While concussions occur at all levels of sports, the risk of serious injury is much higher in the adolescent. 

Athletic trainers, team physicians, and other health care providers are not always available at competitions and practices. Therefore, it is essential that coaches, officials, teachers, parents, and even the players themselves be aware of the signs and symptoms of concussions and what to do if a concussion is suspected.

These are general guidelines and should only be used to complement, and not substitute for, the central roles played by the player’s health care provider, team physician, school nurse, and athletic trainer in the management of a sports-related concussion. The expectation of this course is for you to be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of a possible concussion and take the appropriate measures to protect your player from further injury. There is no expectation that you will be able to diagnose a concussion, as concussion diagnosis is the role of a qualified health care professional.

This course is divided into four units. In these units, you will learn about concussions, understand the problems associated with concussions, and recognize your responsibility and steps you need to take to help your players return to learn and play safely.

After each segment, you will need to answer a few questions on the material presented.

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* 1. Risks of health damage from a sports related concussion is higher in adolescents than adults.

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* 2. Athletic trainers, team physicians, and other health care providers are not required to be present at all Marin FC games.

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* 3. It is expected that as a Marin FC coach you will be able to diagnose a concussion.

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* 4. CDC is an acronym for Concussion Diagnosis and Care.