On-Field Management of Suspected Head Injury

This pre-recorded webinar focuses on the on-field and sideline management of suspected head ​trauma.


This pre-recorded webinar discussed the on-field and sideline management of suspected head trauma. The key components of the on-field and sideline evaluation are that these assessments serve to rule out more serious injury and serve as benchmarks for follow-up assessments.

They help to dictate whether or not the clinician is safely able to monitor the patient or whether the patient needs an immediate referral to an Emergency Department. A thorough clinical examination is the key component of both the on-field and sideline assessment. It is critical in determining the patient's status. Serial assessment should be done during and after competition and practice.

Documentation of the on-field and sideline findings are vital in establishing best practices for patient care documentation but also for allowing communication of clinical findings to other healthcare providers should a referral be warranted. The initial presentation may aid patient prognosis and provide the clinician with better means of anticipatory guidance to assist the patient and family to understanding their post concussion treatment and management paradigm.


Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe goals of the on-field evaluation
  • Discuss primary and secondary survey
  • Recognize red flags for immediate referral
  • Discuss the importance of the initial evaluation in determining prognosis

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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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