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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. 

 

COURSES:

There are two online courses that you may use to become trained:

  • SOPA Recommended - Heads Up Concussion in Youth Sports: https://vsys.specialolympicspa.org/

  • National Federation of State High School Associations Concussion in Sports
    • Once you’ve completed National Federation of State High School Associations Concussion in Sports training:
      • 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.
      • Email a copy to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., subject line “Concussion Training”. 
      • 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. 

 

CONTINUING EDUCATION:

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.

RESOURCES:

SOI Concussion Policy

SOPA FAQ

SOPA Coaches - Concussion Information

SOPA Families - Concussion Information

The CDC website also offers a lot of educational resources. You can visit that site at https://www.cdc.gov/headsup/youthsports/index.html.

QUESTIONS:

If you have questions regarding the policy or required training please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..