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Athletic trainers who butt heads with coaches over concussion treatment take career hits

This fall thousands of college football players will line up to participate in one of the country’s most popular and violent sports. In any given week, hundreds of those players will come off the field with concussions or other serious injuries.

Determining when those athletes return to play is the job of athletic trainers and team physicians, who are charged with keeping players out of harm’s way.

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Almost half of college athletic trainers feel compromised by coaches

Athletic trainers have been in demand over the past few years, with the rush of states passing youth concussion laws and guidelines for sideline protocols. Trainers in some states are legally required at most college and high school athletic events.

However, those same athletic trainers are not always welcome. The Chronicle of Higher Education reported that some college football athletic trainers recently have lost their jobs because of clashes over concussion treatment.

But new research suggests that the medical staffs responsible for protecting college athletes often don’t have the authority to do so.

Nearly half of the major-college football trainers who responded to a recent Chronicle survey say they have felt pressure from football coaches to return concussed players to action before they were medically ready. The respondents included 101 head athletic trainers, head football trainers, and other sports-medicine professionals from the highest rung of college football, the NCAA’s Football Bowl Subdivision.

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Purdue University Studies Concussion Risks For Girls

Science is intent on studying the downsides of concussions in football, but now Purdue University researchers are focusing on the lasting impacts of head injuries in girls soccer.

In an American Journal of Sports Medicine study from 2008 to 2010, girls soccer finished right behind football as the sport with the most reported concussion cases.

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When is it safe for an athlete to return to play after a concussion? Consensus reports summarized

Concussions are a common sports injury that can have long-term neurological consequences if not properly diagnosed and treated. Several new or updated guidelines for managing sports concussions were released earlier this year, and their key areas of consensus, including recommendations for return to play, are presented in an article in Journal of Neurotrauma, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers.

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Judge: NFL, players to settle concussion lawsuits

According to the Tulsa World –  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, including former Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Dorsett. They also include Super Bowl-winning quarterback Jim McMahon and the family of Pro Bowl linebacker Junior Seau, who committed suicide last year.

Many former players with neurological conditions believe their problems stem from on-field concussions. The lawsuits accused the league of hiding known risks of concussions for decades to return players to games and protect its image.

The NFL has denied any wrongdoing and has insisted that safety has always been a top priority.

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Study: Limiting Contact at Football Practice Could Reduce Head Injuries

Limiting contact at football practices could be pivotal in reducing youth head injuries, according to the latest collaborative helmet research effort released Monday by two universities.

Researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and Virginia Tech determined that youth players exposed to less contact during practice had a 37 percent to 46 percent lower risk of head injuries.

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Are you on the list?

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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)

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Athletic Trainers’ Society of New Jersey and Sport Safety International Forge Relationship to Promote Concussion Education

ATSNJlogoCMYKWayne, NJ (PRWEB) April 21, 2011 – The Athletic Trainers’ Society of New Jersey (ATSNJ), a leading resource in concussion education for health care professionals, athletes, coaches and parents, announced today it has forged a relationship with Sport Safety International, a an organization dedicated to providing sport safety enducation, to help introduce “Concussion Wise™” an online concussion education program designed for athletic trainers and other health care professionals. The program will be made available immediately. “Concussion Wise™” is designed to meet the educational needs of athletic trainers and other health care providers throughout the nation. This course, which is approved for athletic trainer continuing education by the Board of Certification, Inc., also satisfies educational requirements established by New Jersey’s new concussion law, which requires all athletic trainers licensed in the state to complete a course in concussion management. The course also meets the recommendations contained in the concussion model policy recently released by the New Jersey Department of Education. This interactive online course, which is available today, on the ATSNJ’s website, is the first of its kind in New Jersey. “Concussion Wise™” for athletic trainers will focus on the latest scientific and evidence based research of concussion education, prevention and management. Additionally the course is designed to provide an understanding of the key points of concussion legislation in New Jersey. “The demand for concussion education or health care providers has been accelerating over recent months,” said Eric Nussbaum, ATSNJ President. “As one of the leading resources in concussion education, it was important to the ATSNJ to provide our membership access to this comprehensive concussion online learning opportunity.” “We are thrilled to be working with the ATSNJ to offer a program that meets the needs of the ATSNJ and its members,” said Dr. Robb Rehberg, co-founder of Sport Safety International and author of the Concussion Wise™ program. “The course provides a quality educational opportunity for health care professionals who may not have the time or flexibility in their schedules to attend additional symposiums or lectures.” Concussion Wise™ for Athletic Trainers is available at Similar courses designed for athletes, coaches and parents will be available in the near future, free of charge. “The ATSNJ hopes that these courses will become a staple of education within the interscholastic and recreational sports community,” stated Eric Nussbaum ABOUT THE ATHLETIC TRAINERS’ SOCIETY OF NEW JERSEY ATSNJ, Inc. consists of licensed athletic trainers, physicians and other allied health care professionals whose goal is to promote quality healthcare for athletes in any setting. For more information, visit the ATSNJ on the web at http://www.atsnj.orgABOUT Sport Safety International. The mission of Sport Safety International is to promote injury prevention and safe participation in physical activity and sports by providing the highest quality educational programming to athletes, parents, coaches, and sports medicine professionals.. For more information, visit





Athletic Trainers’ Association of Florida and Sport Safety International Forge Relationship to Promote Concussion Education

ATAF_LogoAthletic Trainers’ Association of Florida (ATAF) releases interactive online concussion education for all involved along the concussion continuum.

August 4, 2011—As the high school football season gets underway this week in Florida, the Athletic  Trainers’ Association of Florida  (ATAF) announced today it has forged a relationship with Sport Safety International;  a medical consulting firm that specializes in providing expert advice in the area of sport safety and injury prevention, to help introduce “Concussion Wise™” an online concussion education program designed for athletic trainers, coaches, parents, athletes and other health care professionals.  The program will be made available immediately.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention an estimated 1.6 to 3.8 million sports and recreation related concussions occur in the United States each year.  Even more startling is the fact that as many as 2.25 million sports related concussion go undiagnosed each year.

In an effort to promote concussion education, ATAF has partnered with Sport Safety International to offer the ConcussionWise™ program.  “Concussion Wise™” focuses on the latest scientific and evidence based research of concussion education, prevention and management.  “Concussion Wise™ programs will offer specific concussion education tailored to the different needs of individuals involved in prevention and management of concussions.

“Even though there is yet to be a concussion law passed in our state we believe it is extremely important for us as an association to provide a quality educational program like Concussion Wise™ to the public and the health care community.  We believe it shows the commitment our association has to ensuring the health and safety of student-athletes.” said Stephanie Lennon, ATC, LAT ATAF President ”

“We are thrilled to be working with the ATAF to offer a program that meets the needs of the ATAF, its members and the Florida community as a whole” said Dr. Robb Rehberg, a partner with Sport Safety International and author of the ConcussionWise™ program. “The course provides a quality concussion education from different perspectives in order to make it more meaningful to the learner.”

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The Athletic Trainers’ Association of Florida, Inc (ATAF) is an organization whose membership is dedicated to the comprehensive health care of our state’s athletes and other physically active individuals. The mission of the ATAF is to offer a diverse range of services to its members, while protecting the public’s interest by seeing that certified, licensed athletic trainer’s are available to provide proper medical care to our state’s athletes and the physically active.

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The mission of Sport Safety International is to promote injury prevention and safe participation in physical activity and sports by providing the highest quality educational programming to athletes, parents, coaches, and sports medicine professionals.

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