Concussion is a very important topic for health care providers, athletes, parents and administrative groups. This resource is intended to provide information for any individual interested in learning more about concussion. The information provided reflects the position on concussion of the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians™ (ACBSP™). The ACBSP promotes the highest standards of excellence and clinical competence for doctors of chiropractic who specialize in sports medicine and physical fitness. The ACBSP provides two tiers of certifications: the Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians® (DACBSP®) and the Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician® (CCSP®). Each of these certifications utilizes a competency based approach to concussion training and evaluation. The area of concussion management is based upon current literature and includes assessment of candidate knowledge.
The ACBSP™ Position Paper on Concussion is a valuable reference for any individual interested in concussion. This position paper provides answers and recommendations regarding concussion management for ACBSP certified doctors of chiropractic, doctors of chiropractic, other medical professionals, parents, athletes and administrative groups.
Doctors of chiropractic with a current CCSP or DACBSP certification are qualified to manage the concussed individual in any patient population. Doctors of chiropractic may be qualified to evaluate, diagnosis and manage the concussed individual. The prerequisite management skills for a concussed athlete can be supported by additional education such as the ACBSP™ Concussion Registry Course (ACR-Course). The terminal degree of the healthcare provider does not necessarily render the individual competent to evaluate and manage the concussed athlete. Mastery of the concussion specific knowledge, skills, and abilities to navigate the correct pathways of care are the keys to the successful management of the concussed individual. In fact, the states of Alaska, Arizona, Ohio, and Washington have enacted legislation that allows doctors of chiropractic who maintain a current ACBSP certification and are listed on the ACBSP Concussion Registry Directory (ACR) to diagnose and manage concussion and/or make return-to-play decisions.
The management of concussion in athletics is an area of sports medicine that is clearly in continued evolution. Several methods of evaluating and assessing concussion that were once considered standards of care are now defunct. The importance of arriving at correct clinical decisions regarding the assessment, management and return to play criteria of individuals who have sustained concussion remains one of the greatest challenges to sports medicine providers. To assist healthcare providers from any profession who wish to demonstrate a level of competency the ACBSP offers a ACR-C.
The purpose of the ACR-Course is to provide a learning format for healthcare providers to voluntarily review current evidenced based concussion management information and to demonstrate competency regarding the evaluations and management of concussion in sport. The healthcare provider will review the course materials and complete an outcome evaluation. The ACR is a list of healthcare professionals who have successfully completed specific training in the evaluation, treatment, and managment of concussion in the online, self-paced ACR-Course provided by DConline.
ACBSP and DConline collaborate to offer the ACR-Course and the concussion registry. The ACBSP administers the registration for the ACR-Course and the listing of healthcare providers in the ACR on ACBSP.com and DConline provides the content and delivery platform for the ACR-Course. Once the ACBSP receives a completed ACR-Course registration form or online order, the healthcare provider's certification status with the ACBSP is verified (if applicable). The ACBSP provides DConline the registration information for all qualified and verified healthcare providers upon receiving payment for the course; DConline then initiates the registrant's access to the course. ACBSP certificants registering for the ACR-Course must be current and have their certification in active status with the ACBSP to qualify for the certificant registration rates. If the certification is not current or has lapsed into inactive status the non-certificant registration rate will apply.
The course is updated every two years to include the most recent, relevant research on the evaluation, treatment, and management of the concussion in athletes. The course was most recently updated in April 2015.
Once a healthcare provider successfully completes the course their name, degree, ACBSP certification (if applicable), and date of expiration of their registration in the ACR are listed in the ACR on ACBSP.com. In addition, DACBSP candidates who successfully pass the head trauma station of the DACBSP practical exam are also listed in the ACR for two years from the date of their practical exam. Each provider's registration expires two years from the month in which they successfully complete the concussion course.
ACBSP certificants may earn CEUs to meet their annual continuing education requirement by completing the ACR-Course. CEUs are awarded 1 CEU/hour actively spent in the online training course up to a maximum of 15 CEUs.
ACR-Course specific information:
To register, please follow one of the links below depending on whether you want to register online or by mail.
ACBSP certificants please note: ACBSP certificants registering for the ACR-Course must be current and have their certification in active status with the ACBSP to qualify for the certificant registration rates. If the certification is not current or has lasped into inactive status the non-certificant registration rate will apply. If you have questions regarding the status of your certification, please call or email Nikki Skifstad, Certificant Services Administrator, at (844)327-2255 x5 or firstname.lastname@example.org.