Concussion

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Because research frequently sheds new light on concussion care, this course is provided to Nebraska licensed healthcare professionals as a comprehensive overview and guide for best practices in concussion recognition and management; to help ensure that every child sustaining a concussion in Nebraska is managed according to current best practices.

The training modules above are provided to Nebraska licensed health care professionals as a comprehensive overview and guide for best practices in concussion recognition and management to help ensure that every child sustaining a concussion in Nebraska is managed according to current best practices.

Continuing Medical and American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Education Credit is offered by Children’s Hospital & Medical Center.

Topics include:

Module 1 - Concussion Awareness Act
The Nebraska Concussion Awareness Act is not just a guideline — it’s the law. As a responsible licensed health care professional, it’s important for you to be familiar with the requirements of this law.

Module 2 - Characteristics & Epidemiology
We are striving for, but have yet to achieve, a complete neurological and neurobehavioral understanding of concussion.

Module 3 - Concussion Signs & Symptoms
The Fourth International Conference on Concussion in Sport held in Zurich identified five clinical domains of concussion symptoms and signs. The subtleties of symptoms are not always easily 
identifiable, but are at the core of proper concussion management. Duration, type, and number of symptoms are all important to proper assessment and diagnosis of concussion. However, some symptoms may be more important than others.

Module 4 - Assesment
Assessment is a field in development and continues to evolve. Gaps in our understanding remain. But studies of real-life athletes have opened vast new insights into the nature of concussions and more effective strategies for treatment, and as research expands, we’ll know more. Now, licensed health care professionals should base their diagnosis and management decisions on an assessment that involves not only the subjective report of the patient but also the results of more objective tests and measures.

Module 5 - Management
Once a concussion is identified, your focus is to manage the injury to prevent potentially catastrophic outcomes. Managing the concussion involves more than just treating the injury.

Module 6 - Delayed Recovery
Some mild TBI patients experience delayed recovery. To treat these cases, it’s important to determine first whether or not the patient is attempting to do too much too soon, thereby generating symptoms. Some symptoms show up after the initial cluster of symptoms. For example, a patient may become more anxious 
and / or more depressed, and this becomes a problem for treatment. 

Content for this site was developed by the Nebraska Concussion Coalition, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services’ Nebraska Injury Prevention Program, and medical professionals in the field.

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