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Understanding Concussion: Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment Approaches Certificate Course

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Concussions are the most common type of traumatic brain injury and can occur in a variety of ways. With the prevalence of concussions across all age groups, from school-aged children to senior citizens, there is an increased demand for knowledgeable professionals who can effectively assess, treat, and support people with concussions.

Introducing Understanding Concussion: Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment Approaches

Understanding Concussion: Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment Approaches is a new certificate course offered through the Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists. Designed for healthcare professionals seeking to enhance their understanding of concussion-related issues, this course identifies core topics associated with concussion identification, treatment, and management. It offers an overview of concussion symptoms, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment approaches and is designed for healthcare professionals seeking to enhance their foundational understanding of concussion-related issues. The course officially launches on June 7, but pre-registration is now open. 

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The American Association for Family Physicians (AAFP) has reviewed Understanding Concussion: Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment Approaches and deemed it acceptable for up to 5.00 Enduring Materials, Self-Study AAFP Elective credit(s). Term of Approval is from 06/01/2024 to 06/01/2025. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Understanding Concussion: Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment Approaches is asynchronous with a virtual recording and assessment, with a digital format course manual.

                                                         

What Does the Course Cover?

The Understanding Concussion: Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment Approaches Certificate Course identifies core topics associated with identification, treatment, and management of concussion. Topics include:

  • Basic neuroanatomy
  • Biomechanics of injury
  • Concussion basics
  • Risk factors
  • Prevention
  • Evaluation and assessment practices
  • Post-acute and chronic treatment approaches
  • Individual recovery and return to work/school
  • Programmatic concussion care

Course Components

The Understanding Concussion: Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment Approaches Certificate Course includes the following components:

Recorded Webinar: Participants will have access to a two-hour recorded webinar covering topics such as concussion assessment, symptom management, return-to-play guidelines, and long-term implications of concussions.

Course Manual: Participants will receive an 8-chapter digital format course manual that provides more detailed coverage of content areas covered in the webinar. The course manual serves as a guide to understanding concussions. It covers definitions, diagnostic criteria, effects of concussions, and prevalence. The guide also provides guidance on assessing, educating, and treating patients with concussions, along with protocols for their return to activities. Throughout the chapters, readers are provided with tools such as case illustrations and questions to aid in processing and engagement with the material.

Assessment: Following the webinar and course manual review, participants will complete a 45-question assessment to test their understanding of the material covered. Successful completion of the assessment (80 percent or higher) will earn participants five (5) Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from the Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists (ACBIS) and/or five (5) Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits from the American Academy of Family Physicians. The assessment is not proctored, has no time limit, and may be taken as many times as needed to pass. Accommodation is provided in accordance with ACBIS accommodation policies.

Understanding Concussion: Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment Approaches is a self-paced course, and requires access to a computer or mobile device with an internet connection.

While there are no prerequisites for participation, the course is recommended for those with a background in or familiarity with healthcare and basic medical terminology.

Who Should Take This Course?

Although anyone may take the Understanding Concussion: Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment Approaches Certificate Course, it is primarily intended for:

  • Physicians
  • Physician Assistants
  • Nurses
  • School Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Certified Brain Injury Specialists
  • Athletic Trainers
  • First Responders
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Speech Language Pathologists
  • Recreation Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Anyone involved in the care of individuals with concussion

Please note that completion of this course does not authorize the participant to engage in medical treatment.

Interested in taking the Understanding Concussion: Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment Approaches Certificate Course? Pre-register here.

 

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