EDUO 9781: Athletic Concussion

Instructor: Dick Bach, Ernie Shaffer

Course Overview

The public (as well as coaches at all levels of sports) has recently become conscious of the frequency and seriousness of athletic concussions whether in professional, collegiate, prep or youth sports both male and female and even in cheerleading. Because of this new awareness, today’s coach must prepare thoroughly for prevention, detection and maintenance techniques regarding concussions. This course is designed to give the coach some “headache” relief.

Upon completion of this course the teacher/coach’s awareness of the problem of athletic concussion will be heighten and a concussion policy will be developed

Course Objectives

In this course participants will have opportunity to:

  • Give evidence of her/his awareness of the student athlete concussions problem
  • Develop communication systems concerning concussions to student athletes, their parents and teachers
  • Create prevention and maintenance concussion policies

Assignments

1. The Problem

Read the following four resources

  • http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/unschooled-in-hard-knocks/
  • http://www.mshsaa.org/resources/pdf/IYSBIPreventionReport_1213v2web.pdf

1a. Review your history with the problem of athletic concussions. Note the question is not asking about your injury history but about your history of involvement with the problem (which might include a personal injury).

2b. Describe a head injury that occurred before the athletic concussion problem became public news that you either personally knew about or heard of. Include in your description the result of the injury.

Note that the purpose of the following exercises is to create better odds that the answer to 1c would be yes!!!

 

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Instructor: Dick Bach, Ernie Shaffer