Free Online Course for Health Care Professionals on Sports Concussion Launched

October 6, 2011


The AAN, in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the CDC Foundation, and the National Football League, has launched a new online training course that will provide health care professionals with an overview of what they need to know about concussion among young athletes.

Known as "Heads Up to Clinicians: Address Concussion in Sports among Kids and Teens," and developed with the help of Academy member Christopher Giza, MD, this course can help health care professionals diagnose and manage concussion on the sidelines, in their office, training room, or in the emergency department, in order to help improve patient outcomes.

This course will allow health care professionals to:

  • Examine current research on what may be happening to the brain after a concussion
  • Understand why young people are at increased risk
  • Explore acute concussion assessment and individualized management of young athletes to help prepare for diagnosing and managing concussions
  • Learn about the 5-Step Return to Play progression and helping athletes safely return to school and play
  • Focus on prevention and preparedness to help keep athletes safe season-to-season

Available at no cost, this course can be viewed by visiting

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