Sports Concussion Tool Kit for Athletic Trainers and Coaches

Sports Concussion Tool Kit for Athletic Trainers and Coaches

Phil Hossler, ATC, Michael Collins, Ph.D., Chris Nowinski, John Leddy, M.D., Ron Savage, Ed.D., and Barry Willer, Ph.D.

Concussion is a brain injury and it occurs to youths in all sports and recreational programs. The Sports Concussion Tool Kit provides athletic trainers and coaches with a comprehensive concussion program. It includes 1 poster, 2 manuals, 1 DVD and 30 tip cards on concussion in school sports. Specifically designed for middle and high schools as well as community recreation programs, it has been developed by national experts in concussion assessment and management. Because concussions can have physical, cognitive and emotional consequences that extend beyond the playing field, the Sports Concussion Tool Kit is a full educational package that covers:

  • designing a concussion policy in schools and communities
  • educating athletic staff about signs and symptoms of concussion
  • monitoring student athlete's recovery from a concussion
  • adhering to return to play guidelines after a concussion
  • communicating with parents about concussion symptoms and recovery
  • collaborating with educators on classroom supports
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The Sports Concussion Tool Kit for Athletic Trainers and Coaches includes…

  • Player’s Contract with the Team Poster by Phil Hossler, A.T.C. and Chris Nowinski

    Sample poster is a tool for athletic staff to educate athletes on safety guidelines and reporting the signs and symptoms of concussion.

  • Concussion Policy: A Construction Guide for Schools by Phil Hossler, A.T.C. and Michael Collins, Ph.D. – 56 pages
  • With concussion being the leading injury among school age student athletes, this concussion guide has essential information, procedures, and forms for athletic departments, educators and administrators to develop a concussion management program that will protect students in all school activities.

    Written by national leaders on concussion assessment and management, the authors provide a step by step approach to developing a successful and comprehensive concussion program in schools. This guide describes the roles and responsibilities of school district leaders, a concussion committee, athletic departments and coaching staff, classroom teachers, school nurses, parents and the student-athletes. It is a unique and comprehensive approach to addressing the risks and consequences of concussion among children adolescents in our schools.

  • Getting Ahead of Concussion: Educating the Student Athlete's Neighborhood by Phil Hossler, ATC and Ron Savage, Ed.D. – 48 page manual
  • Concussion is the most common type of brain injury among children and adolescents in school. By describing the student-athlete's neighborhood, this manual take an innovative and comprehensive approach to educating parents, teachers, physicians, coaches, athletic trainers, school nurses, and peers about how the effects of mild brain injury.

  • Concussion, An Educational DVD by Barry Willer, Ph.D. and John Leddy, M.D.
  • Developed as an educational tool for teachers and trainers to educate students about concussion, this DVD is an effective teaching tool with clear language, graphics and vignettes. It combines lessons in neuroanatomy with student interviews to explain complex issues in easy to understand language with practical suggestions for families and school staff. Five modules cover How the Brain Works, Definition of a Concussion, Metabolic Changes, Symptoms of Concussion, and Concussion Management.

  • Sports Concussion by Ron Savage, Ed.D. – 10 tip cards
  • Describes how to identify early and late signs and consequences of concussions in athletes. Explains how the severity of a concussion is measured and includes an 8 week Post Concussion Checklist to monitor physical, cognitive and behavioral symptoms and recovery.

  • Concussion Recovery in Students by Jeanne Dise Lewis, Ph.D. - 10 tip cards
  • Helps parents, educators and athletic staff monitor symptoms and track recovery at home and in school. It provides strategies for supporting the student in the classroom with suggestions for temporary accommodations.

  • Concussion Education: In the student-athlete's neighborhood by Phil Hossler, ATC 10 tip cards
  • When any athlete sustains a sports concussion, sensitive, trained and compassionate neighbors are needed to monitor the athlete’s recovery. For student-athletes, this managing team or neighborhood includes coaches, athletic trainers, parents, physicians, teachers, school nurses and school psychologists along with concussion specialists. This tip card provides checklists and practical strategies on educating everyone on the signs and symptoms of concussion in student-athletes with tips for support and accommodations.

    **** As an added bonus,each Sports Concussion Tool Kit for Athletic Trainers and Coaches contains a FREE reprinted article titled, Concussion: Carry-Over in the Classroom by Phil Hossler, ATC. Orginally published in the July 2007 issue of the NATA News, this article details a program that incorporates classroom teachers in the daily care of concussed student-athletes.

Pages Full Kit includes 1 player poster, 2 manuals, 1 DVD, 30 tip cards.
Year 2011


Phil Hossler, ATC

Author of two textbooks and 28 articles on athletic training, Phil Hossler helped create New Jersey’s 1984 Athletic Training Practice Act as well as the landmark 1999 New Jersey state law recognizing high school athletic trainers by the State Department of Education. He has worked with high school athletes for 30 years and is currently the Certified Athletic Trainer at East Brunswick High School in East Brunswick, New Jersey.

Phil Hossler was a founding member of New Jersey’s Athletic Training Society, served on its executive committee for 16 years, and is the society’s only two time president. He is past President of the 6,000 member Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association.

He served 15 years as the medical director of New Jersey’s Garden State Games and has traveled six times to Europe, South America and in the US with Olympic level teams. Widely recognized for his expertise on athletic training, he is the recipient of numerous awards from the Athletic Trainers’ Society of New Jersey, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, and the MBM/Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association. He was an inaugural member of the New Jersey Athletic Trainers’ Hall of Fame in 1997. He was inducted into the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame in 1999 and the New Jersey State Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2001.

Michael Collins, Ph.D.

Dr. Collins is a nationally renowned sports concussion clinician and researcher who joined the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Sports Medicine Concussion Program as Assistant Director when the program was established in September 2000. The program encompasses an ongoing clinical service and research team whose focus is providing the best possible evaluation and management of sports-related concussions in athletes of all levels.

In October 2002, Dr. Collins was the author of the first major study examining the effects of multiple concussions in high school athletes. Findings were published in the Journal of Neurosurgery. In 1999, Dr. Collins was the author of two major multi-site studies involving the effects of concussion and return-to-play evaluation methods.

Dr. Collins continues to administer and oversee clinical programs for concussion management for sports teams at several major high schools throughout the country. He is a clinical consultant to numerous major league baseball teams and to several amateur and professional sports organizations, both nationally and internationally.

Dr. Collins received his bachelor’s degree in psychology and biology at the University of Southern Maine in 1991, a master’s degree in psychology at Michigan State University in 1995, and his doctorate degree in clinical psychology at Michigan State in 1998.

He has published numerous other articles in neuropsychology and sports medicine journals during the past several years, and is a frequently invited presenter on the topic of sports concussions at national and international meetings. He has co-authored a sports concussion textbook and is a reviewer for the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The North American Brain Injury Society recognized Dr. Collins with the 2005 Innovations in Treatment Award, given annually to an individual selected by their Board of Directors for developing and implementing innovative and efficacious treatment for persons with brain injuries.

Chris Nowinski

As President and CEO of the Sports Legacy Institute and Co-Director for the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy at Boston University School of Medicine, Chris Nowinski is a national leader and spokesman for concussion awareness and safety in school sports. Author of Head Games: Football’s Concussion Crisis in 2006, he documents research linking multiple concussions with serious long-term neurological disorders like Alzheimer's disease, memory impairment, and depression. As an advocate and speaker, he is committed to addressing the startling lack of awareness, diagnosis, and treatment of these injuries among athletes of all ages.

John Leddy, M.D.

He is Associate Professor in the Department of Orthopedics at the State University of New York at Buffalo, Associate Director of the UB Sports Medicine Institute and Director of the UB Concussion Clinic. His research interests and publications focus primarily on athletic injuries, in particular concussion. He pioneered the use of exercise for the treatment of post concussion syndrome His research interests also include obesity, nutrition and enhancing athletic performance.

Ron Savage, Ed.D.

Dr. Savage specializes in the impact of brain injury on behavior and learning in children, adolescents and young adults. His international recognition as author and presenter is based on practical experience as a rehabilitation clinician and educator.

Dr. Savage is interim Chair of the North American Brain Injury Society and also the Chairman and Co-Founder of the International Pediatric Brain Injury Society (IPBIS).

Barry Willer, Ph.D.

Barry Willer has a Ph.D. in Psychology and is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He has authored numerous scientific publications on various aspects of living with the effects of traumatic brain injury. He has served as principal investigator of funded research including current projects examining emotion perception difficulties after brain injury, and treatment of post concussion syndrome. He also serves as Director of Research for the UB Concussion Clinic.

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