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 candidates 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 current ACBSP certifications in sport (DACBSP and CCSP) are qualified to manage the concussed individual in any patient population. Doctors of Chiropractic may be qualified 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. The terminal degree of the health care 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 the to successful management of the concussed individual.
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 Concussion Registry course.
The purpose of the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physician (ACBSP) Concussion Registry (ACR) is to provide a learning format for health care 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 minimum passing score is 80%. The questions for the outcome will be extracted from the course materials. The registry is not a certification. Health care providers who successfully complete the course will be listed on the roster of ACBSP Concussion Registry for a two year period.