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Sport Safety International teams with Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society and the Pennsylvania Medical Society to Provide Concussion Education.

Sport Safety International has teamed with Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society and the Pennsylvania Medical Society to conduct Department of Health  approved ConcussionWise education. This education will provide culturally competent, skills-based Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) training to health care professionals involved with youth athletes as well as physicians.

For information on how to register for these courses click here

Concussions, by the New Book

For decades in the N.F.L., the operative term for the situation was that someone “got dinged.” It was a cute, almost harmless-sounding description of what was often a concussion or a worrying subconcussive blow to the head.

But with the N.F.L. agreeing to pay hundreds of millions of dollars to settle a lawsuit brought by about 5,000 former players who said the league hid from them the dangers of repeated hits to the head, a backpedaling league has corrected its lingo and hastily amended its methodology. The N.F.L. now has a concussion management protocol, outlined in an inches-thick document that commands teams to institute a specific, detailed game-day and postconcussion course of action.

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Coaches sign pledge for player safety

Lawmakers in every state have passed legislation dealing with concussions. Now, coaches are taking it upon themselves to tackling the issue of sports related injuries.

Some coaches who work with children from grade school to college are signing a pledge, committing to the health and safety of their players.

Concussions are the biggest concern. If not handled properly, lives are at stake.

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Football concussions: Amid the fear, UGA research brings some hope

While most concussion research focuses on college and professional players or young children, a team of neuroscientists at the University of Georgia is tackling an often overlooked cohort of athletes.

The average Joes are middle-aged men who played football, but not in any kind of national spotlight. They suffered concussions during their glory days on the high school gridiron.

Each participant underwent an fMRI scan, which measures brain activity by detecting changes in blood flow within the brain. An image of the brain appears on the computer screen, and as the volunteer performs various mental tasks, different regions light up to different degrees, representing activity in those areas.

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ConcussionWise Instructor Orientation Now Available via Live Webinar

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Sport Safety International is proud to announce the launch of
ConcussionWise™ Live, and the ConcussionWise™ Instructor Orientation Program via Live Webinar

Having educated over 110,000 people from 23 countries in over 130,000 online courses, Sport Safety International is a proven leader in concussion education for coaches, parents, athletes, and health care providers.  After numerous requests, Sport Safety International is proud to offer the ConcussionWise™ course content in a live format, as well as an instructor program designed to train individuals to present the ConcusisonWise™ Live course.  The first orientation program will be held December 4th, 2014 at 8pm EST.

What are the benefits of providing concussion education using ConcussionWise™?

  • Video/interactive format:  ConcussionWise™ Instructors use the ConcussionWise™ video/interactive presentation, which ensures all participants receive consistent and correct information.
  • Based on the latest recommendations: ConcussionWise™ Live is based on the latest recommendations on concussion prevention and management, and is consistent with the following authoritative sources:
    • 2012 Zurich Consensus Statement on in Sport
    • 2013 American Academy of Neurology Position Statement on Sports Concussion
    • 2013 American Medical Society for Sports Medicine Position Statement on Concussion in Sport
    • 2014 National Athletic Trainers’ Association Position Statement on the Management of Sport Concussion
    • ConcussionWise™ also contains resource information on concussion laws from all 50 states.
  • Reinforce information after the course: Participants will be able to review content presented in the live course at any time by logging into their personal account at Sport Safety International’s Online Learning Academy.
  • Completion certificates: All participants receive completion certificates upon successful completion of the course, which are available for printing at any time in the participant’s Online Learning Academy account.
  • Online course registration system: ConcussionWise™ Instructors can use the Online Learning Academy’s registration system to have attendees register online prior to the course.
  • Easily track concussion education and renewal: Coaches who successfully complete ConcussionWise™ Live will be automatically be listed in the ConcussionWise™ Registry. Administrators can use ConcussionWise™ Live courses in combination with the ConcussionWise™ Education Manager service to track completion and renewal information.

Frequently Asked Questions – ConcussionWise Live

Frequently Asked Questions – ConcussionWise Instructor

The ConcussionWise™ Instructor Program Orientation can now be completed via live webinar and online activities.  The first webinar will be held on December 4th, 2014 at 8pm EST.  Additional dates are also available.

Registration is now open, and space is limited.  Reserve your spot today!

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ConcussionWise Instructor Live Webinar

CW-Live-2014                 CW-Instructor

Sport Safety International is proud to announce the launch of
ConcussionWise™ Live, and the ConcussionWise™ Instructor Orientation Program via Live Webinar

Having educated over 110,000 people from 23 countries in over 130,000 online courses, Sport Safety International is a proven leader in concussion education for coaches, parents, athletes, and health care providers.  After numerous requests, Sport Safety International is proud to offer the ConcussionWise™ course content in a live format, as well as an instructor program designed to train individuals to present the ConcusisonWise™ Live course.  The next live webinars will take place on February 12, 2015, March 12, 2015,or April 9, 2015 at 8pm EST. Register now by clicking on the red button at the bottom of this page.

What are the benefits of providing concussion education using ConcussionWise™?

  • Video/interactive format:  ConcussionWise™ Instructors use the ConcussionWise™ video/interactive presentation, which ensures all participants receive consistent and correct information.
  • Based on the latest recommendations: ConcussionWise™ Live is based on the latest recommendations on concussion prevention and management, and is consistent with the following authoritative sources:
    • 2012 Zurich Consensus Statement on in Sport
    • 2013 American Academy of Neurology Position Statement on Sports Concussion
    • 2013 American Medical Society for Sports Medicine Position Statement on Concussion in Sport
    • 2014 National Athletic Trainers’ Association Position Statement on the Management of Sport Concussion
    • ConcussionWise™ also contains resource information on concussion laws from all 50 states.
  • Reinforce information after the course: Participants will be able to review content presented in the live course at any time by logging into their personal account at Sport Safety International’s Online Learning Academy.
  • Completion certificates: All participants receive completion certificates upon successful completion of the course, which are available for printing at any time in the participant’s Online Learning Academy account.
  • Online course registration system: ConcussionWise™ Instructors can use the Online Learning Academy’s registration system to have attendees register online prior to the course.
  • Easily track concussion education and renewal: Coaches who successfully complete ConcussionWise™ Live will be automatically be listed in the ConcussionWise™ Registry. Administrators can use ConcussionWise™ Live courses in combination with the ConcussionWise™ Education Manager service to track completion and renewal information.

Frequently Asked Questions – ConcussionWise Live

Frequently Asked Questions – ConcussionWise Instructor

The ConcussionWise™ Instructor Program Orientation can now be completed via live webinar and online activities.  Register now for upcoming webinar dates: 

  • February 12, 2015
  • March 12, 2015
  • April 9, 2015

All webinars begin at 8pm EST and last approximately 2 hours. 

Registration is now open, and space is limited.  Reserve your spot today!

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College Players Often Don’t Tell of Hits to Head, Studies Find

The controversy over why Michigan quarterback Shane Morris was allowed to return to the field with a “probable mild concussion” from a violent hit last Saturday highlighted a communications breakdown on the Wolverines’ sideline. But it also pointed to the inconsistent ways in which coaches and players acknowledge hits to the head — if they acknowledge them at all.

Three studies published in the past few weeks have offered more insight into that issue, concluding that the self-reporting of concussions by college players varies by position, with offensive linemen the least likely to report concussions and less significant hits to the head.

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Concussion dangers go beyond football, cross gender lines

The rate of concussions among U.S. high school athletes has more than doubled between 2005 and 2012, with numbers now as high as 300,000 per year, according to a study published this year in The American Journal of Sports Medicine.

 

While 29 percent of those concussions happened in football, the danger of such head injuriestranscends into other sports. It crosses gender lines as well.

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Virginia Tech participates in NCAA initiative to limit concussions among college athletes, military personnel

Virginia Tech is participating in a new, landmark $30 million national effort sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the U.S. Department of Defense to combat concussions among college athletes and active service military personnel.

The NCAA-U.S. Department of Defense initiative funds the most comprehensive study of concussion and head impact exposure ever conducted. It will enroll an estimated 25,000 male and female NCAA student-athletes during a three-year study period. Virginia Tech will focus on athletes participating in various sports, including football, women’s soccer, men’s soccer, and women’s lacrosse.

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Are NFL Concussions Linked to NFL Domestic Violence?

Is there a link between football players’ concussions and their predisposition to commit domestic violence?

No researcher has yet studied a direct relationship between concussions and NFL players’ behavior. That’s partly because there are many confounding factors. Starting when they’re young, football players are cultivated for their aggression. And trying to hold onto a job in professional football — where many contracts aren’t guaranteed — is inherently stressful, potentially leaving players on edge.

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