With the CDC 20 minute training course and The Concussion Recognition & Response™ APP on your phone, you can be ahead of most youth coaches and truly make a difference. I used this app four times in the Spring 2011 Season to pull four children from lax and soccer games. All four were determined later by their doctors as having suffered concussions. I made a difference by keeping these kids from returning to play and you can do the same.

1. Heads Up Online Training Course

Get prepared for the new season in less than 20 minutes

Click here for the course – at the end print the certificate for your records

http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/headsup/online_training.html

Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports is a free, online CDC course available to coaches, parents, and others trying to keep athletes safe from concussion. It features interviews with leading experts, dynamic graphics and interactive exercises, and compelling storytelling to help you recognize a concussion and know how to respond if you think that your athlete might have a concussion. Once you complete the training and quiz, you can print out a certificate, making it easy to show your league or school you are ready for the season.

What You Will Learn:

  • Understand a concussion and the potential consequences of this injury,
  • Recognize concussion signs and symptoms and how to respond,
  • Learn about steps for returning to activity (play and school) after a concussion, and
  • Focus on reducing risks and being prepared to try to help athletes safe season-to-season.

We can help athletes stay active and healthy by knowing the facts about concussion and when it is safe for athletes to return to play.

The training requires Adobe Flash and Adobe PDF Reader installed on your computer. It has been tested on the following browsers with Adobe Flash installed: Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox. Please do not close/refresh your browser as this will restart the course. If you need to exit the training, you will be returned to the beginning of the course.

2. Great App to have on your Smart phone – everything you need to know/do when a kid gets head injury for FREE.

Click for App

The Concussion Recognition & Response™ APP is a tool that helps coaches and parents recognize whether an individual is exhibiting/reporting the signs and symptoms of a suspected concussion. The app allows a coach or parent to respond quickly and appropriately to this potentially serious medical situation.

In less than 5 minutes, the user can complete a checklist of possible signs and/or symptoms to determine whether to remove the child from play and the need for further medical examination. The app allows users to record pertinent information regarding a child with a suspected concussion and share that information via e-mail with health care professionals; it also provides a system for post-injury follow-up.

With answers to Frequently Asked Questions for parents and coaches, this tool is an invaluable guide for learning about concussions. This FREE app is available at the Apple® App StoreSM and the Android Market.

For your iPhone®, iPad®, iPod® Touch, Android™ device or tablet!

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