As young athletes prepare for the start of the fall sports season, Texas physicians also can prepare by learning about continuing medical education programs available on concussions among student athletes.
Physicians play a critical role in diagnosing and treating concussions, the brain injuries that are attracting increasing attention from the sports, media, and research communities. Physicians also are playing a more prominent role in their local school districts and communities when it comes to managing concussions. House Bill 2038, passed during the 2011 legislative session, requires school districts to establish concussion management teams that include a physician.
TMA members wishing to learn more about concussions, including diagnosis and treatment, may consider the following resources aimed at physicians:
- The Texas Orthopaedic Association (TOA) has a 2.5-hour webinar, "Sports Related Concussion & Mild TBI: Developments in Treatment & Management." The online course includes information on identifying suspected concussions, pre- and post-injury assessments, and managing concussions. Participants can earn 2.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. TMA members can register at the Orthopaedic CME Online site and receive a discounted one-year subscription to the TOA's online CME course catalog.
- The Texas Pediatric Society 2012 Annual Meeting will feature a 1-hour course, "HB 2038 — Concussions and the Impact of the New Texas Law on Pediatricians," Sept. 15, at 10 am, in Plano. Shane Miller, MD, will describe the signs and symptoms of a concussion, discuss initial evaluation and management of sports-related concussion, and explain the new legislation and its impact on Texas pediatricians. Participants can earn 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit.TM
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides various resources, including a Heads Up: Brain Injury in Your Practice toolkit with clinical information and an online course, "Heads Up To Clinicians, Addressing Concussion in Sports Among Kids and Teens."
Action, Aug. 15, 2012