SCS Home Study Course: Chapter 11


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Danny D. Smith, PT, DHSc, OCS, SCS, ATC

Founder, President and CEO Physical Therapy Services, P.A./Center for Athletic Medicine



By the completion of this chapter, the therapist will be able to:

• Recognize the signs and symptoms of a sports-related concussion.

• Appropriately manage the concussed athlete on the field and on the sidelines.

• Formulate an appropriate concussion screening program, including both cognitive and physical symptoms.

• Appropriately manage the athlete suffering from a headache as the result of concussion.

• Appropriately evaluate the athlete to determine return-to-play status based on both cognitive and physical testing.



I.   Introduction

II.  Mechanism of Injury

III. Recognition and Management

     a.  Acute management

     b.  On-the-field management of conscious concussion

     c.  Sideline management of conscious concussion

     d.  Follow-up evaluation

IV.  Headache Management

V.   Concussion Rehabilitation

VI.  Equipment and Concussion

VII. Conclusion

VIII. Appendix A:

        Facts About Concussion: Information for Parents/Guardians

IX.    Form A: 

        Concussion Program: Physical Exertion

X.    Form B: 

        Concussion Program: Academic Recommendations

The completion of this course does not guarantee that the purchaser will pass the SCS examination.