Efficacy of an Online Concussion Training Program for School Professionals
Contemporary School Psychology
Educators are responsible for ensuring that students who have sustained concussions return to school with appropriate support. While school districts may provide face-to-face training through professional development initiatives, many administrators are seeking cost- and time-efficient means of training concussion teams and teachers. This study evaluated the effectiveness of an online concussion training on school professionals’ awareness of, knowledge of, and confidence in concussion identification and response, as well as their ability to apply concussion knowledge. Participants watched either a 75-min Team Training video or a 30-min Teacher Training video and received access to a training handbook and supplemental resources. Results indicated that both online trainings increased confidence in concussion identification and response, as well as knowledge and awareness of concussions. Knowledge gains were similar to those found in face-to-face trainings. This provides support for the use of online concussion trainings as an effective and efficient means of professional development.
Electronic ISSN 2161-1505; Print ISSN 2159-2020
Copyright © 2018, California Association of School Psychologists
California Association of School Psychologists
Concussion, Traumatic brain injury, Professional development, Online training
The development of the concussion training materials was funded through the Ohio Department of Health (Contract #CSP903016).
Davies, Susan C. and Tedesco, Maria F., "Efficacy of an Online Concussion Training Program for School Professionals" (2018). Counselor Education and Human Services Faculty Publications. 81.