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HEADS UP to Youth Sports: Online Training

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Changing the Culture of Concussion Starts With You!

By taking this free, online course and using what you learn, you will be well positioned to improve the culture of concussion. Your actions can help create a safe environment for young athletes so that they can stay healthy, active, and thrive - both on and off the playing field.

Once you complete the training and quiz, you can print out a certificate, making it easy to show your league or school you are ready for the season.

What Will I Learn in This Training?

This course will help you:

  • Understand a concussion and the potential consequences of this injury,
  • Recognize concussion signs and symptoms and how to respond,
  • Learn about steps for returning to activity (play and school) after a concussion, and
  • Focus on prevention and preparedness to help keep athletes safe season-to-season.

We can help athletes stay active and healthy by knowing the facts about concussion and when it is safe for athletes to return to play.

CDC HEADS UP Concussion Training Saves Lives

Real Stories: Cole. "My doctor says CDC's online training saved my life." Read Cole's Story.

CDC’s coaches' concussion training helped a coach to recognize and respond to concussion in a young athlete.

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What Are the Technical Requirements for This Training?

This training works best on an up-to-date computer (for example, one with a multi core processor) with a broadband internet connection, as well as an up-to-date web browser and operating system. Older computers may crash while using the training resulting in a loss of your progress through the training. Please do not close or refresh your browser as this will restart the training. We do not collect any personal information or track or record any individual’s use of this training, so if you need to exit the training, you will be returned to the start of the training.

At the end of the training, you will be able to print one or more copies and/or save an electronic version of your certificate of completion to your desktop. In order to print your certificate of completion, please use the print button found within the training. You will not be able to print the certificate using your tool bar or keyboard. While this training does run on smart phones and tablets, a printer connection or a PDF writer is needed to print your certificate of completion.

Please feel free to contact DUIPinquiries@cdc.gov if you are having trouble accessing the course.

Can I Get a Replacement Copy of My Certificate?

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide replacement copies of certificates, as we do not collect any personal information or track or record any individual’s use of this training.

How Often Do I Need to Take This Training?

How often the HEADS UP online training needs to be taken varies by individual states, leagues, and schools.  We recommend that you check with your state, league, or school regarding their specific requirements on how often you need to complete this training.

How Can I Host a Group Training?

If you would like to host a group training using this course, you are able to order a copy of the course on CD-Rom. Please note that the CD-Rom does not include a certificate of completion. Instead, we can provide you with a group training certificate. The group training certificate does require a signature from the training facilitator or person hosting the training. If you would like to obtain a copy of the CD-Rom and the group training certificate, please contact DUIPinquiries@cdc.gov.

Opportunities to Reshape the Culture Around Concussion in Sports

Concussion at Play: Opportunities to Reshape the Culture Around Concussion - report coverWe needto build a culture in sports where athletes take steps to lower their chances of getting a concussion and recognize and report concussion symptoms so that they can seek care and take time to recover.

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