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The Florida High School Athletic Association has mandated that all high school athletes in that state complete courses on concussions provided by the National Federation of State High School Associations before being eligible to compete, acccording to a report in the St. Petersburg Times.
The paper, which noted that the courses are free and online, quoted Justin Harrison, the FHSAA’s associate executive director for athletic services, about the rationale for the decision:
“The reason behind the move was student-athlete safety. Overall, all concerned parties felt it was imperative to continue to educate the student-athletes on concussions. … This course was yet another way to provide the information.”
Harrison told the paper that Florida is the first state that requires its student-athletes to complete the course. The measure was passed by the FHSAA Board of Directors in June. The course is available at www.nfhslearn.com.
To view the article, visit: http://www.tampabay.com/hometeam/blog/fhsaa-requires-athletes-study-concussions/22815/
North of the border, a leading provider of free online continuing medical education programs for Canadian healthcare professionals, has announced the launch of a program entitled “Sports-Related Concussions: When Medicine and Sport Meet Head On.”
The program was developed by Dr Charles Tator, Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Toronto and Founder of ThinkFirst Canada, and Dr Michael Clarfield, Director of Sports Medicine Specialists in Toronto and former Head Team Physician of the Toronto Maple Leafs (1989-2004). The program aims “to provide Canadian family physicians with the tools and knowledge to properly recognize and counsel patients with a suspected concussion.”
Danny Weill, Vice President of mdBriefCase, called the program “a highly relevant learning opportunity” the organization’s 43,000 physician members. “Elite athletes like Sidney Crosby and Eric Lindros bring concussions to the forefront of not just medical health news, but mainstream media as well,” he said.