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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

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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VIDEO Sport Safety International Executive Director Dr. Robb Rehberg, appears on Rep. Pascrell’s “To the Point”

U.S. Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09), founder and co-chair of the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force, today released the latest installment of  “To the Point” entitled “Fair Play: Protecting our student athletes from sports-related concussions”, in which he discusses the dangers of concussions in youth sports and how we can better protect our youngest athletes on the playing field. 

Guests include Niki Popyer, a former high school athlete from Marlboro, NJ who sustained multiple sports-related concussions; Dr. Robb Rehberg, Executive Director of Sport Safety International, and; Dr. Seth Stoller, Neurology Chief for the Concussion Center at the Atlantic Neuroscience Institute at Overlook Hospital in Summit. Watch the Video

Reps. Pascrell, Rooney Urge FIFA to Address Concussion Safety Lawmakers cite dangerous collisions in Would Cup as need for concussion protocols

On Tuesday, U.S. Reps. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) and Thomas J. Rooney (R-FL), co-chairs of the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force, wrote to Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) President Joseph Blatter urging FIFA to implement protocols that would better protect its athletes from the dangers of traumatic brain injuries. The dangers of sports-related concussion were on full display during this year’s World Cup, where several players were left in obvious pain and allowed to return to play almost immediately after receiving blows to the head.

“We strongly urge you to take action to adequately address TBI in your organization,” the lawmakers wrote. “We witnessed the immediate effects of head injuries during this World Cup, but the long-term implications are rarely broadcast on international television. Most importantly, we encourage FIFA to set a positive example for young fans who aim to emulate their favorite players. If young fans see their favorite players treat head injuries with such little regard, they too will not treat head injuries with the gravity they deserve. Every concussion is brain damage and must be diagnosed and treated by appropriate medical personnel, who prioritize players’ health, safety, and well-being.”

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Selecting a Concussion Educator: Robb Rehberg Thinks Athletic Trainers Best Suited For The Role

With youth sports concussion safety laws in place in all 50 states, increased public awareness about concussions, and growing concernabout the long-term effect of repetitive head impacts, the demand for concussion education, not just for parents, coaches, and athletes, but for health care professionals as well is at an all-time high, and promises to go even higher in the coming years.

But who should sports programs – whether school-based or independently run – hire to educate athletes, coaches, and parents about concussions? What kind of training, education and experience should they have?

We decided to ask a number of leading concussion educators.  First up is Robb Rehberg, Professor and Coordinator of Athletic Training Clinical Education at William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey.

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Concussion Symptoms Continue Long After Injury

Symptoms such as headache, dizziness and blurry vision typically show up right after a child suffers a concussion. In a study from the emergency medicine division at Boston Children’s Hospital, researchers have found that emotional and mental symptoms, such as irritability and frustration may show up much later and hang around longer.

 “Patients and their families should expect the physical symptoms that they experience after a head injury to get better over the next few weeks, but that emotional symptoms may come on later, even as the physical symptoms subside,” said lead researcher Dr. Matthew Eisenberg.

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Baseline Neurocognitive Testing in Sports-Related Concussions: the Importance of a Prior Night’s Sleep.

In completing baseline neurocognitive testing, it is particularly important that the athlete be alert, well-
rested and sleep adequately the night before testing. However, the role of sleep in the baseline testing
process has never been formally investigated. Therefore, the recent study by McClure et al. provides
very timely and important information. The abstract for this paper is presented below. We recommend the
full article to all ImPACT clients.

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Off Season May Not Be Long Enough to Recover From Football ‘Hits’

New research shows that the brains of some football players who had the usual head hits associated with the sport, but no concussions, still had signs of mild brain injury six months after the season ended.

“We followed athletes at the beginning of football season, after and for six months later,” said Dr. Jeffrey Bazarian, an associate professor of emergency medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, in Rochester, N.Y.

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Sports Safety and Brain Injuries: Subcommittee Examines Efforts to Improve Sports Safety

A House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee examined the issue of improving sports safety from brain injuries. Panelists testified on the efforts of youth and professional sports leagues to enhance player safety.

Watch the entire video