Concussion Education to Inform Collaboration for Aiding Return to Work and School

This pre-recorded webinar focuses on collaboration of concussion education to aid in return to work and school.


This pre-recorded webinar focuses on collaboration of concussion education to aid in return to work and school. The evidence is unclear as to whether cognitive rest including academic adjustments reduces the time until patients report asymptomatic. However, moderate rest has not been shown to hinder recovery if done within the initial day or two following the injury.

To date clinicians are encouraged to use both physical and cognitive rest as indicated based on the individual patient’s presentation. Clinicians should then consider alternative treatments as the patient recovers. Clinicians should also develop concussion management teams that include school personal to assist in the academic adjustments in those patients that may benefit from cognitive rest. This should be done within the realm of the formal concussion policy.

Topics include:

  • Why the Public Health Concern?
  • Concussion Recognition Problems
  • Education for Prevention
  • Concussion Reporting Barriers
  • Effect of Educational Intervention
  • Impact of State Laws
  • Protective Equipment
  • Primary Prevention Scoreboard
  • Secondary Prevention
  • Proper Assessment
  • Appropriate Management
  • Anticipatory Guidance
  • Provider Education
  • How Are Concussions Managed?
  • Rest and Return-to-Activity Following Sport-Related Concussion: A Systematic Review of the Literature
  • Activity or Rest?
  • AT Perceptions of AA
  • Concussion Management Team
  • Plan Implementation
  • Acute Concussion Evaluation (ACE)
  • Developing a Prevention Model


Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  • Discuss concussion as a public health concern
  • Describe education as a means of primary and secondary prevention for concussion
  • Identify knowledge gaps for healthcare providers regarding rest and activity
  • Discuss the current evidence regarding rest and activity
  • Describe return to work and school progressions

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Tamara Valovich McLeod, PhD, ATC, FNATA
Tamara Valovich McLeod, PhD, ATC, FNATA

Dr. Tamara Valovich McLeod, PhD, ATC, FNATA is the John P. Wood, D.O., Endowed Chair for Sports Medicine, Professor and Director of the Athletic Training Program at A.T. Still University in Mesa, Arizona. Dr. McLeod completed her doctor of philosophy degree in education with an emphasis in sports medicine from the University of Virginia. She is the director of the Athletic Training Practice-Based Research Network and her research has focused on the pediatric athlete with respect to sport-related concussion. Her current work is investigating the short- and long-term effects of pediatric sports concussion as well as recovery following concussion on traditional concussion assessments and health-related quality of life.

Dr. McLeod also has research interests regarding gender differences in lower extremity function, specifically neuromuscular control, and postural stability and studies these areas through an injury prevention approach in younger athletes. Dr. McLeod was a contributing author for the NATA Position Statement on the Management of Sport-Related Concussion, the lead author on the NATA Position Statement on the Prevention of Pediatric Overuse Injuries, and a consultant and contributing author on the Appropriate Medical Coverage for Secondary School-Aged Athletes. Dr. McLeod serves on numerous editorial boards, and publishes frequently in the athletic training and sports medicine journals and is a NATA Fellow.

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