CARE Consortium: Implications for Athletic Training Clinical Practice


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Target Audience: Athletic Trainers

Program Type: Category A
Level of Difficulty: Advanced

Practice Domains (PA7):
(1) Injury/Illness Prevention and Wellness Protection
(2) Examination, Assessment and Diagnosis
(4) Therapeutic Intervention

Ryan Tierney, PhD, ATC
Thomas Buckley, EdD, ATC
Ken Cameron, PhD, ATC

The NCAA/DoD Grand Alliance Concussion Assessment, Research and Education (CARE) Consortium was formed in 2014 as the largest concussion study ever conducted. The purpose of the consortium is to establish the natural history and neurobiology of concussion and the study is currently in its 3rd year of data collection. The CARE Consortium consists of two components, the 1) Clinical Study Core (CSC) and 2) Advanced Research Core (ARC). The CSC component of the Grand Alliance is a clinical testing paradigm incorporating cognitive, balance, vision, reaction time assessments which are clinically feasible for athletic trainers. The ARC component leverages existing collaborative research networks (e.g., NIH TRACK-TBI, DoD Project Head to Head, NFL-GE Head Health Challenge) to conduct advanced research projects that include, but are not limited to, impact sensor technologies, advanced neuroimaging, biological markers and comprehensive clinical studies to inform the neurobiopsychosocial understanding of concussion. The purpose of this presentation is threefold, 1) to describe the CARE clinical protocol including the tests utilized for basic clinical screening and advanced screening protocols, 2) present preliminary public findings from the CSC study to date, and 3) to describe the ARC test battery.

1. Describe Grand Alliance concussion management structure and strategies.
2. Describe best practices for concussion management utilized across the CARE Consortium sites.
3. Evaluate and integrate Grand Alliance concussion assessments into their clinical setting.
4. Describe the Grant Alliance advanced research core test battery.

The course is delivered online using an video/audio format.

Sport Safety International (BOC Approved Provider #: P8228) is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Certified Athletic Trainers. This program is eligible for a maximum of 1 Category A hours/CEUs.

This course is valid for two years from the date of purchase.


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