Sports-Related Concussions - PT617

Sports-Related Concussions

Tackling a Growing Trend

by Connie Goldsmith, MPA, RN and Anna Ver Hage, MSN, AGACNP-BC, CCRN, CNRN
(4.5 / 1200 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Physical Therapy (1.00 Hour(s))

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


Schools, counties, states and athletic organizations are paying attention to the dangers of concussions and taking steps to mitigate them. A concussion results from a direct blow to the head, neck or body in which impulsive forces are transmitted to the brain. A concussion is a closed head injury that may result in loss of consciousness and causes functional rather than structural damage to the brain. Injury is due to acceleration-deceleration and rotational forces to the brain. The head is either thrown backward (acceleration) or forward (deceleration) causing injury. The brain also may rotate inside the skull, causing further damage. Some clinicians feel there is mounting evidence that concussions can cause long-term problems and permanent brain injury, including cognitive impairment, learning disabilities, personality changes and even dementia. Healthcare providers can do much to inform the public and patients about their dangers.


The purpose of this program is to inform healthcare providers about the incidence, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of sports-related concussions and the potential for serious long-term outcomes, such as dementia. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Define sports-related concussions and the sports in which they are most often found
  • Describe the immediate and long-term symptoms of sports-related concussions
  • Discuss expert recommendations for preventing/managing sports-related concussions

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses and physical therapists.
Physical therapists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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OnCourse Learning is an approved sponsor by the NY State Education Department of continuing education for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants from 10/21/09 to 10/20/18.
This activity is provided by the TX Board of PT Examiners Accredited Provider GED012010TPTA2012004 for 01/01/2010 to 01/31/2013; 1601004 for 02/01/2013 to 01/31/2016; and 1902004TX for 02/01/2016 to 01/31/2019 and meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in TX. The assignment of TX PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.
OnCourse Learning is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of CA as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of CA.
OnCourse Learning is a licensed physical therapy continuing education sponsor (#216.000275) with the IL Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from July 2013 through 9/30/18.
This course has been approved as meeting the continuing education requirements for PTs and PTAs by the OH Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 11S1761 for 11/29/11 to 11/29/12, 12S1709 for 11/30/12 to 11/30/13, 13S1872 for 12/01/13 to 12/01/14; 14S1700 for 12/02/14 to 12/02/15; 15S2366 for 12/03/15 to 12/03/16; 16S2264 for 12/04/16 to 12/04/17), the FL Physical Therapy Association (approval no. CE110017864 for 01/01/11 to 12/31/11, CE120018036 for 01/01/12 to 12/31/12, CE130019763 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/13; CE140021535 for 01/01/14 to 12/31/14; CE150023817 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/15; CE16-27023 for 01/01/16 to 12/31/16; CE17-538158 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/17; CE18-538158 for 01/01/18 to 12/31/18); the TN Physical Therapy Association for Class 1 Continuing Education Requirement (approval no. 4104 for 12/06/11 to 12/05/12, 4802 for 12/06/12 to 12/05/13, 5251 for 12/06/13 to 12/05/14; 5823 for 12/15/14 to 12/14/15; 2016-18 for 12/06/15 to 12/05/16; 2016-528 for 12/06/16 to 12/05/17; 2017-435 for 12/06/17 to 12/05/18); the PA Board of Physical Therapy (approval no. PTCE002765 for 01/14/12 to 12/31/12, PTCE003869 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/14; PTCE006380 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/16; PTCE010073 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/18); and the NJ Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (approval no. 174-2012 for 02/01/12 to 01/31/14; 219-2014 for 02/01/14 to 01/31/16; 2016-593 for 02/01/16 to 01/31/18; 1801-220 for 2/1/18 to 1/31/20). Approval of this course does not necessarily imply the FL Physical Therapy Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
This course has been approved by the MD State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 CEU for 11/17/11 to 11/17/15; 11/15/15 to 11/15/19 and by the NV State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 units of continuing education for 12/09/11 to 07/31/13; 07/31/13 to 07/31/15; 07/31/15 to 07/31/17.
The IL Chapter Continuing Education Committee has certified that this course meets the criteria for approval of Continuing Education offerings established by The IL Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 437-4110 for 01/01/12 to 01/01/13, 437-4613 for 01/01/13 to 01/01/14). According to the Rules for the Administration of the IL Physical Therapy Act (section 13460.61) published by the IL Department of Professional Regulation, a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant applying for re-licensure in IL can earn a maximum of 50% of their required continuing education hours from self-study. The hours awarded of this course are designated for self-study CE credit.
Other states may accept this course for meeting their CE requirements. Check with your state association or board.

Course Originally Released on: 11/30/2011
Date of Most Recent Review: 8/21/2015
Course Termination/Update Date: 8/21/2018


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Kelsey P - golden , CO  ·  Sep 07, 2018
This course was great, applicable to me and my IP setting as I see a ton of sports injuries that result in admitting pt to hospital
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Doug W - Pocatello, ID  ·  Sep 05, 2018
It's helpful knowing current guidelines for clinical use with our clients.
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Kathy C - Westmont, IL  ·  Aug 31, 2018
It has very informative information that one can gain.
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Dylan W - Murfreesboro, TN  ·  Aug 30, 2018
Very informative. As a PTA and part time coach, the statistics were very relevant and interesting to me.
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MARTA F - Doylestown, PA  ·  Aug 15, 2018
would like it to be longer, have more guidelines or how to use some of the concussion testing
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Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50