HEADS UP Online Training Courses

Are you a coach, school teacher, or a healthcare provider? Maybe you would just like to know what signs and symptoms you should watch for. Check out these free robust online training courses:

Learn Steps to Improve the Care of Your Pediatric Patients with mTBI

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HEADS UP to Healthcare Providers is a free online training developed by CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics. The goal of the training is to provide an overview of the evidence-based recommendations outlined in the CDC Pediatric mTBI Guideline and to equip healthcare providers with practical strategies to integrate these recommendations into clinical practice.

Earn free continuing education credits through the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports

Changing the Culture of Concussion Starts With You!

You can improve the culture of concussion by taking this free online training and using what you learn to inform how you talk about, prevent, and respond to concussions. 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.

You can print out a certificate once you complete the training and post-test, making it easy to show your league or school that you are ready for the season.

Online concussion training for school professionals.

The HEADS UP to Schools: Online Concussion Training for School Professionals is designed to help classroom teachers (grades K-12), school administrators, paraprofessionals, teacher’s aides, and other staff who work with students understand the following:

  • How a concussion may affect a student’s learning, emotions, and behavior
  • How to identify and monitor signs and symptoms of concussion
  • How to help students successfully return to school and recover from a concussion.
Online concussion training for athletic trainers.

The HEADS UP to Athletic Trainers: Online Concussion Training shows ways athletic trainers can improve concussion prevention, evaluation, and management—from implementing safety and response plans to ongoing concussion care and stakeholder education. This training was developed through a partnership between CDC and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) to share the latest guidance on concussion prevention and management. Following completion of the training, athletic trainers have the opportunity to earn 2.0 continuing education credits through NATA and receive a certificate of completion from CDC.

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The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) teamed up with CDC’s HEADS UP to educate coaches, officials, parents and students on the importance of proper concussion recognition and management in high school sports.

Learn the impact of sports-related concussion on athletes, how to recognize a suspected concussion, and 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.

Note: This course is hosted on the NFHS’s web site.