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Course Description

Awareness of the severity of concussions has been on the rise for the last couple of decades, due to the major impact that this injury has on the lives of athletes who have spoken out about the issue. In order to understand the situation in its fullness, one has to first know what a concussion really is and how it can develop into something truly severe.

This course provides a detailed look into the impact of concussions on a person’s brain and their lifestyle, with a look into the symptoms, causes, risk factors, and much more. An in-depth exploration of all aspects regarding concussions will help provide a deeper understanding of this injury that has affected so many lives. Continuing to raise awareness and promote prevention is the key to reducing the number of concussions and the even worse injuries and conditions that arise as a result. If more people understand concussions fully, then they can readily recognize when there has been such a brain injury and how to react efficiently in this situation.

This course’s goal is to provide that ability to recognize and understand a concussion, in order to aid in the recovery of a hurt individual who may be suffering from a traumatic brain injury. 


Course Requirements

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level. No books will be required.

Course Topics


Lesson 1: Defining Concussions and a General Course Overview

Lesson 2: The Structure and Function in the Human Brain

Lesson 3: Symptoms and Signs of a Concussion

Lesson 4: Causes of Concussions

Lesson 5: Risk Factors

Lesson 6: Complications

Lesson 7: Treatment and Drugs

Lesson 8: Prevention

Lesson 9: Long-Term Effects and Costs

Lesson 10: Further Resources and Information

Course Materials

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level. No books will be required.

Grading Policy

Several lessons will be accompanied by a written assignment and a brief quiz  . Students will successfully complete this course by mastering all learning outcomes with 70% or higher overall grade.

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define what is a concussion.
  • Know the structure and function in the human brain.
  • Describe symptoms and signs of a concussion.
  • Know causes of concussions.
  • Describe risk factors.
  • Know complications.
  • Describe treatment and drugs.
  • Know prevention strategies to reduce concussions.
  • Describe long-term effects and costs of concussions, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
Quiz 110
Quiz 210
Quiz 310
Quiz 410
Quiz 510
Quiz 610
Quiz 710
Quiz 810
Quiz 910
Quiz 1010
The Final Exam35
Total Points:135

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