School sports are the perfect outlet for physical activity, healthy competition and teamwork. However, exposing students to any type of physical activity leaves the school liable for any injuries that may occur during that activity. One of the most common student injuries, especially with physical contact sports, is head trauma.
According to the Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies, sports and recreational activities contribute to approximately 21 percent of all traumatic brain injuries among American children. They also report that only 42 percent of schools have certified trainers who know how to deal with concussions. For more statistics about head injuries, download their infographic.
WORKS has two online training courses that train coaches and educators to recognize, treat and prevent concussions. The “Concussion in Sports – A Guide to Coaches” course and the “Concussion in Youth Sports – Heads Up” videos include facts about concussions, symptoms and warning signs, prevention and preparation, when it is safe for an injured student to resume playing a sport and more.
Sports safety is an integral part of the comprehensive school safety program that districts must address. To make sure your schools are prepared to deal with issues associated with head trauma, whether or not you have a certified trainer, email email@example.com to discuss online training options.