Online Concussion Course

Overview of the concussion course

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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 seven-week course is open to those who are interested in preventing, detecting and managing concussions. Do the course at your own pace, but you must complete it within seven weeks. See the Training Modules below to see what you will learn.

Stay tuned for the next course dates in the spring of 2020.

Read the UToday article about this new course. 


Spring of 2020


Free, non-credited


7 weeks/self-paced


1.5 to 2 hours/week

Upon successfully completing the course, you may request a certificate of achievement for a $35 (CAN) fee.

Who would benefit from taking the course?

The course is to demystify concussion, clarify the role of those involved in preventing and managing concussion, and support participants to implement a concussion management protocol adapted to their 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 the evidence from the 5th International Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sport (Berlin) as well as the Canadian Guideline on Concussion.
  • An interactive online discussion board is available.
  • Examples of applied course content in different environments is supplied.
  • Complete the course at your own pace, as long as you wrap it by the course end date provided.
  • The course is also available in French through the 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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This massive open online course (MOOC) on concussion is hosted by the Faculty of Kinesiology, the Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre and the Integrated Concussion Research Program at the University of Calgary in collaboration with Université Laval.