New Concussion Guidelines: Implications for Return to School and Sports for School-Aged Youth

Originally presented on May 17, 2018

Speaker:
Andrew M. Hess, PhD

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Department of Neurology
Albany Medical College

The recently issued Berlin Consensus Guidelines have led to significant changes in concussion management and treatment protocols (e.g., Return-to-Learn/School and Return-to-Sport) for school–aged youth, as well as decreased durations for physical and cognitive rest. The NYSED Concussion Management in the School Setting guidance to school districts is being updated in response to the Berlin Guidelines (projected release, Spring/Summer 2018). This guidance will call for health professionals to play a key role in the management of pediatric & adolescent patients while in school. This webcast will provide an overview of the Berlin Consensus Guidelines and share best practices in implementing them and will provide resources to physicians, nurses, other medical and allied health providers and school officials on concussion prevention and awareness as well as the importance of an accurate diagnosis and successful management of concussions.

After viewing the webcast participants will be able to:

  • Identify the recommendations for Return-to-Learn and Return-to-Play protocols based on the Berlin Consensus Guidelines.
  • Recognize legal requirements in concussion identification and management under the 2011 NYS Concussion Management and Awareness Act.
  • Describe concussion related information available for conversations with youth, parents and/or school personnel.

Intended Audience: Physicians, PAs, nurses, nurse practitioners, physical therapists, and EMTs that deal with concussions, as well as school nurses and other school personnel that deal with sports and sports-related injuries.


The planners, moderator, and presenters do not have any financial arrangements or affiliations with any commercial entities whose products, research or services may be discussed in this activity.

No commercial funding has been accepted for this activity.


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