In an effort to educate and reach more coaches, administrators, parents and students about the dangers of concussions, the NFHS is now offering its free online course, "Concussion in Sports - What You Need to Know" on mobile devices. The free course is available at www.nfhslearn.com.
The course was developed in May 2010 by the NFHS as a part of its Coach Education Program. To date, more than 500,000 people have taken the course, which provides a brief overview of how a person can recognize the signs and symptoms of a concussion. The course is hosted by Michael Koester, M.D., former chair of the NFHS Sports Medicine Advisory Committee (SMAC) and director of the Sports Concussion Program at the Slocum Center for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in Eugene, Oregon. Individuals taking the course have access to printable resources, including a parent’s guide to concussion in sports, a coach’s guide, an athlete fact sheet and materials to implement a protocol for concussion treatment.