As of this year, 44 states have passed or are pending passage of laws mandating management protocols for concussion in student-athletes. These laws feature provisions instituting mandatory clinical examination and clearance by a medical professional for return-to-play after a head injury. However, a large majority of medical providers are not equipped to meet this increasing demand for concussion knowledge, creating a clinical ‘practice-gap’ in concussion care. To help address this increased need for concussion education in the medical community, the current study developed and administered an online concussion training program in the context of the UF-FSU Community Research Collaboration Project: Concussion Surveillance Program. This network of healthcare providers was created in order to conduct community-based concussion research on a youth population across the state of Florida. Participating health care professionals (primary care providers, nurses, and physician assistants) completed a pre-test, training modules based on current concussion consensus knowledge, and a post-test primarily delivered through a virtual format on the study website portal. Results show a significant effect of training from pre- to post-test in that providers improved an average of 23% on the measure of concussion knowledge after viewing the training modules. The feasibility and implementation of concussion training in a community-based setting are also discussed.
|Keywords:||Sport and Health, Concussion, SCAT2, Education|
Doctoral Candidate, Neuropsychology, Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA
Undergraduate Student, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA
Post-Baccalaureate Research Assistant, Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA
Director, Clinical Research Network, Florida State University College of Medicine, Orlando, FL, USA
Assistant in Research, Assistant Professor, College of Medicine, Division of Research, Department of Family Medicine and Rural Health, Florida State University College of Medicine, Tallahassee, FL, USA
Professor, Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA