Concussion Corner


Center for Disease Control

CDC has information available for individuals, including parents and athletes whose first language is Spanish and may not find the on-line course accessible (click on the title below to view the link):

Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Massachusetts Medical Society
National Federation of High School Sports (NFHS)

The NFHS has teamed up with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to educate coaches, officials, parents and students on the importance of proper concussion recognition and management in high school sports. The NFHS Concussion Course highlights the impact of sports-related concussion on athletes, teaches how to recognize a suspected concussion, and provides protocols to manage a suspected concussion with steps to help players return to play safely after a concussion. Each state’s requirements for concussion management are included as part of the course.

NFHS Concussion Course

Additional Information

The Massachusetts Medical Society along with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts has produced and made available to healthcare professionals and to the public an online 1 ½ hour webinar aimed at identifying and managing  concussions as well as fully understanding the physical and cognitive limitations that can occur after a concussion. The multi-media program, “Concussion Treatment, Management and Prevention,” includes an overview of the signs,  symptoms and treatment of concussion,  recommendations for graduated return to play and return to learn for students who have suffered a concussion and an overview of policies and procedures required by the Mass. sports concussion regulations.

The program’s expert panel includes James Gessner, MD, Immediate Past President of the Massachusetts Medical Society; Michael Beasley, MD, Staff Physician, Boston Children’s Hospital Sports Medicine; Kathleen Thornton,  MS, LAT, CSCS, Team Leader Injury Prevention,  Southcoast Health; Alan G. Kulberg, MD, Berkshire Medical Center Concussion Clinic ; and Linda Brown, MBA, of the Mass. Department of Public Health.

The MA sports concussion regulations require physicians, nurse practitioners, licensed athletic trainers, physician assistants and neuropsychologists providing medical clearance for return to play for student athletes verify that they have received DPH approved clinical training in traumatic head injury assessment and management.  This webinar qualifies as a DPH approved training.

Here are the links to the training:

Free videos on conference archives page.

For CMEs go to the Online CME course

For more information contact Linda Brown at Mass. Department of Public Health at

NFHS Learning Center

The NFHS offers a multitude of online courses for free!
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