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Online Concussion Course

The next course will be the spring of 2023 following the 6th International Consensus on Concussion in Sport. 

Overview of the concussion course

Watch the video to learn more.



Concussion course details 

Learn to prevent, detect and manage concussions.

Take a free, non-credit online course on concussion with UCalgary and Université Laval. The next course will be in the spring of 2023 following the 6th International Consensus on Concussion in Sport so the course material can include up-to-date research findings.

The course is for those who are interested in preventing, detecting and managing concussions. You can do the course on your own schedule, at your own pace, but you must wrap it up by the course end date. 

See the Training Modules below to see what you will learn. 

Read a past article here to learn more about the course or see a video below to see what past participants had to say.


Stay tuned for the next course dates. 


Free, non-credited


7 weeks/self-paced


1.5 to 2 hours/week

You may request a certificate of achievement from Université Laval for a $50 (CAN) fee after completing the course.

Who is this course for?

The course is to demystify concussion, clarify the role of those involved in preventing and managing concussion, and offer support in implementing a concussion management protocol adapted to your specific sport, school or community environment. The course is for: 

  • health professionals
  • sport coaches and teachers
  • parents with children in sport
  • school administrators
  • sport leaders 
  • athletes

Concussion course features

  • Content summarizes evidence from the 5th International Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sport (Berlin) as well as the Canadian Guideline on Concussion.
  • Interact with others on the online discussion board.
  • See examples of how the course content is applied in different environments.
  • Complete the course at your own pace, as long as you wrap it by the course end date.
  • The course is also available in French through Université Laval. Check dates and registration period.

Training Modules

See what you will learn at each step of the course. 

  • Definition of concussion
  • Concussion and the spectrum of traumatic brain injuries
  • The pathophysiology of concussion
  • What are the potential residual effects and sequelae of concussion
  • The objectives of a concussion management protocol
  • An introduction to the development and implementation of a concussion management protocol
  • Risk factors for concussion
  • Sports, recreational and other activities at risk for concussion
  • Safer sport environments
  • Interventions that help to prevent concussions
  • Protection equipment: myths and realities
  • A synergy between stakeholders
  • Signs, symptoms and “Red Flags”
  • Detection technology: myths and realities
  • Initial management: Recognize, remove, re-evaluate, refer
  • Typical evolution of a concussion
  • Initial rest and gradual return to cognitive and physical activity
  • When should you refer on
  • Return-to-play recommendations
  • Rehabilitation
  • Reconsider elements that suggest a less favorable evolution
  • Conditions that should be recognized in the presence of persistent symptoms
  • The importance of an individualized and multidisciplinary treatment plan
  • Achieving the optimal result with consideration of available resources
  • Staying up-to-date and revising a protocol
  • Learning from your experience to improve your protocol
  • Planning your strategy to get every potential stakeholder involved 
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What is a MOOC?

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Course FAQ

Kathryn Schneider

Meet your instructors

What are people saying about the course?

Two former students talk about what they learned in the massive open online course on concussions, and Dr. Kathryn Schneider PT, PhD, provides an overview. 

University of Calgary

Contact us

For questions about the online concussion course, contact:

This massive open online course (MOOC) on concussion is hosted by the Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre, Faculty of Kinesiology and the Integrated Concussion Research Program at the University of Calgary in collaboration with Université Laval.