Dr. Shane Caswell, Director of George Mason University's SMART Laboratory, speaking at the ACHIEVING Best Practices in Concussion Management conference about the progress of the initiative and future goals regarding student athlete healthcare.
ACHIEVES Project provides the following:
- Three certified, Virginia-state licensed AT graduate students to assist staff ATs in the delivery of medical care and concussion education at two underserved eastern PWCPS high schools (Gar-Field, Forest Park, and Woodbridge High)
- Three Middle School Concussion Education Coordinators (MSCECs) to conduct concussion education and track concussions at all 16 middle schools
- A centralized electronic system for the delivery and tracking of concussion education (for student athletes, their parents, school staff, and athletic volunteers) at all 11 high schools and 16 middle schools in PWCPS
- The project will also expand prevention services by providing education about protective equipment fitting to all PWCPS coaches, certified athletic trainers(ATC) and athletic administrators(AD). The continued project will also work collaboratively with PWCPS in establishing evidence based return to learning strategies for student with concussions.
- A centralized EMR system for tracking injuries and concussions at all high schools and middle schools in PWCPS, and (5) a total of 166 hours of Continue Education (16 hours per PWCPS staff AT), that will include regional and national experts to speak on important sports medicine topics relevant to improving secondary school sport safety.