Concussion Education Program

Concussions are mild traumatic brain injuries (TBI) that often leave invisible, life-altering wounds. Concussions and brain injuries became more widely talked about when the number of NFL players and U.S. service members diagnosed with TBIs began to soar. More than five years ago the NFL and U.S. army initiated a long-term program to care for and prevent concussions and head trauma. The program launched was one of many educational programs designed to prevent TBI(s) and also to provide valuable information to those suffering from brain injuries.

The Centers for Disease Control offers a free online concussion training course for parents and coaches:

By taking this free, online course and using what you learn, you will be well-positioned to improve the culture of concussion. Your actions can help create a safe environment for young athletes so they can stay healthy, active, and thrive – both on and off the playing field.

Once you complete the training and quiz, you can print out a certificate, making it easy to show your league or school you are ready for the season.

Even if your child doesn’t play a contact sport it’s still important to beware of concussions. Why? According to the CDC, falls are the leading cause of TBIs for youngers.

Short term effects of a concussion include but are not limited to: headache, loss on consciousness, nausea and vomiting, blurred vision, and brain fog. Long term effects of a concussion can include issues with concentration, memory, sleep, and other psychological issues. For more information on TBIs click here.