Concussion Champions in the School Setting: An Interactive Workshop for Athletic Directors, Coaches & Trainers, PE Teachers, and School Nurses (LA)
The unique nature of concussion injuries requires an interprofessional management team to return students to normal activity safely. When student athletes sustain a concussion at school, they often seek help from various sources, both for initial and ongoing treatment and support. This includes physicians, but also school administrators, school nurses, athletic trainers, teachers, and coaches. Additionally, the highly individualized approach to concussion treatment means that there is often variability in return to activity/school/play recommendations by medical providers, creating logistical challenges and uncertainty for schools. It is critical that each stakeholder knows how he or she can assist in this individualized process of return to activity following a concussion. This workshop aims to provide K-12 educators with the best-practices and latest research in prevention and management of youth concussions, closing the gap in care between primary care physicians, nurses, school staff and athletic staff who are involved in the multidisciplinary management of concussion and student safety.
This workshop is ideal for athletic coaches, trainers, athletic directors, school nurses, PE teachers, and others involved in student athletics.
- Educate stakeholders in the concussion injury of their suggested role in the recovery process.
- Each attendee will be able to relate the risks and benefits of sports participation, including the relative risks for concussion in different sports and different conditions.
- Each participant will be educated on evidence based multimodal clinical concussion assessment test battery that may include symptoms, cognition (including computerized testing), balance, reaction time and number reading.
- Each participant will be able to identify his/her role in an individualized management plan for youths with concussion, including return to school, return to physical activity, and return to contact risk.
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