The word is getting out. That much is certain.
The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) announced recently that more than one million coaches and other individuals has taken the online course it developed with the help of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Entitled “Concussion in Sports – What You Need to Know,” the course has been taken through the NFHS Coach Education Program at www.nfhslearn.com. This free online course provides an overview of how a person can recognize signs and symptoms of a concussion and the appropriate action to take. The course includes each state’s return-to-play guidelines required for high schools.
“We place great emphasis on concussion recognition and treatment, and the extraordinary success of our online course has been gratifying,” said Bob Gardner, NFHS executive director. “The course is 20 minutes long and it’s free. We commend everyone who has taken it.”
The NFHS and its Sports Medicine Advisory Committee (SMAC) have worked with the CDC on recent updates to the concussion course. Recommendations have been added regarding the prevention of concussions, and the course test has been updated. The tests (pre-test and post-test) now include 11 questions and provide immediate feedback to the user, thereby creating a better learning experience.
Michael Koester, M.D., former chair of the NFHS SMAC and director of the Sports Concussion Program at the Slocum Center for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in Eugene, Oregon, is the on-screen host of the concussion course. Individuals have access to the course’s printable resources, including a parent’s guide to concussion in sports, a coach’s guide, an athlete fact sheet and materials to implement a protocol for concussion treatment.
“In addition to coaches, we are pleased that many contest officials, administrators, parents and students are among the one million individuals who have taken the concussion course,” said Tim Flannery, NFHS director of coach education.