Online Training Helps You Treat Pediatric Concussions
By David Doolittle



Think back to September. The temperature was in the triple digits, your favorite football team still was full of potential, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a new guideline for Pediatric Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI).

In case you forgot, the guideline, published Sept. 4, consists of 19 sets of clinical recommendations covering diagnosis, prognosis, and management and treatment of mTBI (commonly referred to as concussion). 

Well, just as football season is starting to wind down, the CDC and American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) have developed free online training to give you practical strategies to care for young patients with mTBI.

HEADS UP to Healthcare Providers emphasizes the five key recommendations outlined in the guidelines:

  • Do not routinely image pediatric patients to diagnose mTBI;
  • Use age-appropriate symptom scales to diagnose;
  • Assess for risk factors for prolonged recovery, including: a history of mTBI or other brain injury, severe symptom presentation immediately after the injury, and personal characteristics and family history;
  • Provide patients with instructions on returning to activity, customized to their symptoms; and
  • Counsel patients to return to nonsports activities gradually after no more than two to three days of rest.  

If you complete the training, you could earn two continuing education credits through AAP.

The CDC website contains other information and resources on pediatric concussion, including a checklist on diagnosis and management, sample patient discharge instructions, recovery tips for parents, and a letter to schools for physicians or other health care professionals to use.

In May of this year, the Texas Medical Association House of Delegates approved official policy on injuries and sport-related concussion, which encourages physicians to contribute to and support updates of pediatric guidelines, and directs the association to share the most recent information with TMA members (hence, this article).


Last Updated On

November 28, 2018

Originally Published On

November 27, 2018

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