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ConcussionWise Salutes Athletic Trainers

As National Athletic Training Month Draws to a close ConcussionWise and Sport Safety International would like to salute all athletic trainers for their devotion toward promoting safe sports participation.

Athletic Trainers are unique health care professionals who specialize in the prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses. National Athletic Training Month, which is sponsored by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, salutes the medical and community work of Athletic trainers nationwide.

Happy #NATM2014!  Athletes and parents – if you appreciate your athletic trainer, a quick “thank you” to them in any creative way you choose might just make their day.  Also, if you are an athlete (or parent of) with any of the following teams where , we invite you to share a “thank you” to your athletic trainer via our facebook pages and/or twitter pages by [email protected] and #NATM2014.

NFL gives $45M grant to Heads Up Football program that teaches safe tackling techniques to kids

The NFL Foundation is giving USA Football a five-year, $45 million grant to expand the already burgeoning Heads Up Football program that teaches safe tackling to youngsters.

Foundation Chair Charlotte Jones Anderson announced the grant Monday at the league’s owners meetings after the NFL saw the early success of the program. Heads Up Football had nearly 2,800 youth football organizations teaching it during its first year, more than five times early projections.

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US judge rejects settlement in NFL concussion case

 A federal judge denied preliminary approval of a $765 million settlement of NFL concussion claims, fearing it may not be enough to cover 20,000 retired players.

U.S. District Judge Anita B. Brody asked for more financial analysis from the parties, a week after players’ lawyers filed a detailed payout plan.

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Video: PBS NEWSHOUR; Will changing the sports culture reduce youth concussions?

While pro football has begun to confront the consequences of concussions, a new report is putting the spotlight on younger athletes and the risk they face from repeated head injuries. Jeffrey Brown talks to Dr. Robert Graham of The George Washington University, former NFL player Fred McCrary and athletic trainer Tamara McLeod.

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Institute of Medicine and National Research Council Report – Sports-Related Concussions in Youth: Improving the Science, Changing the Culture

Despite growing awareness of sports-related concussions and campaigns to educate athletes, coaches, physicians, and parents of young athletes about concussion recognition and management, confusion and controversy persist in many areas.


The IOM and the National Research Council formed an expert committee to review the science of sports-related concussions in youth from elementary school through young adulthood, as well as in military personnel and their dependents. The committee’s report recommends actions that can be taken by a range of audiences – including research funding agencies, legislatures, state and school superintendents and athletic directors, military organizations, and equipment manufacturers, as well as youth who participate in sports and their parents – to improve what is knows about concussions and to reduce their occurrence.


The report finds that while some existing studies provide useful information, much remains unknown about the extent of concussions in youth; how to diagnose, manage, and prevent concussions; and the short- and long-term consequences of concussions as well as repetitive head impacts that do not result in concussion symptoms.

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NFL Settles Concussion Lawsuit is reporting that the NFL and more than 4,500 former players want to resolve concussion-related lawsuits with a $765 million settlement that would fund medical exams, concussion-related compensation and medical research, a federal judge said Thursday.

The plaintiffs include at least 10 members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, as well as the family of Pro Bowl linebacker Junior Seau, who committed suicide last year.

Court appointed mediator Judge Layn Phillips stated: “This is a historic agreement, one that will make sure that former NFL players who need and deserve compensation will receive it, and that will promote safety for players at all levels of football.”

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Are you on the list?

Wondering if your child’s coach knows the basics of concussion prevention and management?  Check the Concussion Wise Registry.

Are you a coach who wants to show your athletes’ parents you’ve been educated in the basics of preventing and managing concussion?  By enrolling in a free ConcussionWise PRO for Coaches course, you are automatically listed in the Concussion Wise Coaches Registry.

Or, are you a health care provider and want to show your patients that you’ve completed a concussion education course?  By completing one of the Concussion Wise Courses for health care providers, you will automatically be listed on our Concussion Wise Health Care Provider Registry.

Are you Concussion Wise?

Concussions have received a lot of attention in the news recently. It seems we can’t open up a newspaper or watch a news broadcast without hearing about concussions in sports, and how dangerous playing with a concussion can be. In fact, most states now have laws addressing concussion prevention and management.  Although some might dismiss these reports as media hype, a concussion is a serious injury that is finally getting the attention it deserves.

It is important for all members of the ‘concussion management team, including coaches, athletes, school administrators, physicians, athletic trainers, and other health care providers, to understand what a concussion is, as well as how to prevent, recognize, and manage concussions.
Enter Concussion Wise: a series of quality online education programs designed to provide the most up-to-date information regarding concussion prevention, recognition, care and recovery.  The following ConcussionWise courses are currently available:

ConcussionWiseTM PRO – for Coaches
ConcussionWiseTM SPORT – for Athletes
ConcussionWiseTM SPORT- for Parents
ConcussionWiseTM AT- for Athletic Trainers
ConcussionWiseTM DR- for Physicians
ConcussionWiseTM RN- for Nurses
ConcussionWiseTM PT- for Physical Therapists
ConcussionWiseTM Classroom- for Educators and Administrators (coming soon)

So don’t wait. Become ConcussionWise today!  Learn More

Take the headache out of tracking concussion education!

Several state laws, and countless school and league policies now require proof of concussion education for coaches, parents and athletes.  How does your system stack up?  Avoid the hassle of collecting individual certificates with Sport Safety Manager.  Combined with Sport Safety International’s Concussion Wise education programs, you can ensure everyone in your program receives the same education, monitor course progress, and verify completion.  For more information, click here.