Office of Technology Transfer – University of Michigan

Online concussion education for parents and coaches

Technology #6751

Cerebral concussions are notoriously difficult for sports medicine teams to evaluate and manage. These “invisible injuries” are often difficult to diagnose, but have the potential to lead to severe long-term health conditions, such as postconcussion syndrome and chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Determination of when it is safe for an athlete to return-to-play can help prevent further injury. Recent enactment of “youth sports concussion laws” have mandated that parents and coaches be educated regarding concussion prevention, assessment, and recovery. Several organizations have developed online concussion educational modules, but they are often time-consuming and not user-friendly. Based on state-of-the-art scientific research, Michigan NeuroSport has developed interactive and efficient e-learning education tools to enhance public knowledge of concussions.

BRAIN Protocol

Michigan NeuroSport has established a 5-step strategy for concussion treatment that is discussed in the educational modules. According to the BRAIN protocol, individuals suffering concussion gradually increase their heart rate, activity levels, and mental function until they are cleared by a doctor and are able to return-to-play. Athletes cannot start the protocol until they are symptom-free. If symptoms return, the protocol stops and the recovery process restarts.

Concussion Education Modules

The e-learning concussion education modules are based on the most up-to-date science regarding concussion recognition. Two different modules are available, tailored to the specific needs of parents and coaches of youth athletes. The modules are highly interactive and user-friendly, and take less than 15 minutes to complete. A quiz is administered at the end of the modules, and a score of 80% or better generates a certificate of completion. The modules provide a four step concussion action plan, teaching the user to (1) recognize signs and symptoms, (2) remove the athlete from play, (3) report the incident, and (4) allow for recovery before returning to play. Use of the modules fulfils the mandatory educational requirement in Michigan, and is endorsed by the American Academy of Neurology, the Michigan High School Athletic Association, the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association, and the Michigan Youth Athletic Association.

Applications

  • Fulfills concussion educational mandates
  • Concussion education for:
    • Parents
    • Coaches
    • Athletes (youth, amateur, & professional)
    • Medical staff
    • Event staff
    • Teachers
    • School principals

  • Organizational use:
    • Youth sports leagues
    • Children’s hospitals
    • School districts
    • e-learning contractors

Advantages

  • High quality
  • User-friendly
  • Efficient
  • Multiple endorsements