For Coaches and ATCs
Online Training & Education for ATCs & Coaches
Training can help adults identify students who may have suffered a concussion and alleviate the risk of a secondary concussion. Take a quick, free, online course to learn more about concussion signs and symptoms. Remain vigilant! Concussions are easy to miss--athletes may not tell you they have hurt themselves because they are embarrassed, frightened, or confused. They may want to continue playing, but if in doubt, have them sit out. Identifying concussions early may reduce the length of recovery time and possible long-term side-effects, in addition to preventing the rare but dangerous second-impact syndrome. Below are two different online training and education sites for coaches, certified athletic trainers, PE teachers or anyone who wants to learn about concussions. These online courses take about 20 minutes.
California law now requires that a student athlete who is suspected of sustaining a concussion or head injury in an athletic activity shall be immediately removed from the activity and the athlete shall not be permitted to return to the activity until he or she receives written clearance from that licensed health care provider. High school coaches will need to receive training on recognizing the signs of concussions and responding to them appropriately. The training can be acquired online from sites such as those linked above.
To help ensure the health and safety of young people, CDC developed the Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports initiative to offer free information about concussions to coaches, parents, and athletes involved in youth sports. The Heads Up initiative provides important information on preventing, recognizing, and responding to a concussion. Posters detailing signs and symptoms of concussions should be placed in locker rooms, gyms, field houses, coach’s offices or other conspicuous locations.