Activity ID



June 7, 2020

Format Type


CME Credit



CME Provider

Massachusetts Medical Society


Physicians need to know how to identify concussions and fully understand the cognitive limitations that follow a concussion. Difficulty concentrating, vestibular disturbance, decline in school performance and sensitivity to light or noise can all be related to concussion. This CME course will help physicians comply with all MA regulations regarding concussions and returning those students to play. This program is designed to comply with 105 CMR 201.000, Head Injuries and Concussions in Extracurricular Activities, which implements the law and provides standardized procedures for those involved in the prevention, training, and management of students who incur head injuries while involved in any extracurricular athletic activity at public middle and high schools serving grade 6 through high school graduation and other schools subject to the official rules of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA). This course also addresses a graduated return to learn program for students.

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Educational Objectives

Describe the signs and symptoms of concussion/head injury as well as recognize a serious alternative or accompanying diagnosis (i.e., intracranial hemorrhage, lesion, increased intracranial pressure, accompanying spinal injury).
Relate the short and long-term sequelae of concussions, including the cumulative effects of repeated concussions over a lifetime.
Discuss the risks of recurrent concussion and injury prior to complete recovery, including second impact syndrome and post-concussive syndrome.
Recognize the importance of low threshold for removing students with suspected concussion from play for further evaluation.
Identify the key elements of and the importance of return to play guidelines and return to academic learning plans.
Review the current MA state regulations, including relevant requirements for health care professionals including when to remove the student athlete from play, steps for graduated re-entry to athletics and academics, and the need for medical clearance before returning to play.


Primary care; Head injury; Athletics; Public Health


Medical Knowledge, Patient Care & Procedural Skills, Practice-based Learning & Improvement, Professionalism

CME Credit Type

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

Practice Setting

Inpatient, Outpatient, Rural, Urban

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