SOI has recently adopted a Concussion Awareness and Safety Recognition policy that requires ALL Special Olympics coaches (certified or not certified) to get online training free of charge. This is in keeping of Special Olympics on-going efforts to ensure the health and safety of all Special Olympics participants. All Special Olympics participants should remember that safety comes first and should take reasonable steps to help minimize the risks for concussion or other serious brain injuries.
- January 1, 2016 all volunteer coaches must complete:
- General Orientation (no renewal)
- Protective Behaviors Training (every three years)
- Concussion Awareness and Recognition (every three years)**
**Regardless if attending a State Games or not, all coaches are required to complete this training or they are ineligible to coach in any capacity.
There are two online courses that you may use to become trained:
Once you’ve completed either course:
- Please type your name and county into the certificate (ex. John Smith, ABC County)
- Save the certificate to your computer as: CCT_Your County_Your Last Name_Your First Name (i.e. Jennifer would name her file: CCT_Centre_Tresp_Jennifer). You can also print a copy for your records.
- If using as Continuing Education (see details below) you must also complete a Sports Training Application (STA) (Sections 1, 2, and 4) and submit the STA with your certificate.
Concussion training may be used for continuing education credits, just like protective behaviors, once every nine years. To declare this training as a continuing education, you must complete a Sports Training Application (STA) (Sections 1, 2, and 4) and submit the STA with your certificate. This training will cover all sports a coach is currently certified in.
SOI Concussion Policy
SOPA Coaches - Concussion Information
SOPA Families - Concussion Information
The CDC website also offers a lot of educational resources. You can visit that site at http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/HeadsUp/youth.html.