Youth Sports Coaches Course on Concussions

Introducing “Concussion: What Youth Sports Coaches Need to Know”

The Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey, in collaboration with the Rutgers Youth Sports Research Council, has developed this free, one-hour online course specifically designed to answer coaches’ questions about concussion in recreational youth sports. This course is an enhancement of the Rutgers SAFETY Clinic; however, it is not a requirement for the Clinic itself. Once you register for the concussion course and select a password, you will be able to complete it at your convenience.

The completion of a quiz and a course evaluation are required at the conclusion of the course in order for you to receive a Certificate of Completion. To pass, participants must achieve a score of at least 70% on the quiz; a Certification of Completion will be emailed to you upon passing. You will be able to re-take the quiz as many times as necessary to pass the course.

This course was developed by the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey’s Concussion in Youth Sports Steering Committee and the Rutgers Youth Sports Research Council. Content of the course was reviewed by the following members of the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey’s Concussion in Youth Sports Steering Committee.

David B. Gealt, DO FAOASM
Cooper Bone and Joint Institute, Cooper University Health System
Assistant Director Sports Medicine
Director Sports Concussion Program
Assistant Professor Cooper Medical School of Rowan University

Rosemarie Scolaro Moser, Ph.D., ABN, ABPP-RP, Lic. #2148
Director, Sports Concussion Center of NJ & RSM Psychology Center, LLC

Stephen G. Rice, M.D., Ph.D., MFH, FAAP, FACSMMD
Hackensack Meridian Health Medical Group
Director, Pediatric Sports Medicine Fellowship

This course is presented by Dr. David A. Feigley, a Developmental Sport Psychologist in the Department of Kinesiology and Health and Rutgers University. He is the founder of the Rutgers Youth Sports Research Council which has provided civil immunity training for more than 300,000 volunteer youth sports coaches. His coaching credentials range from recreational youth sports to national and international competitions. He has served as a youth sports administrator at the state, regional and national levels. He was owner and head coach for a private gymnastics school for more than 35 years, and was the Elite Development Director for Region VI of USA Gymnastics. He was also a founding member of NASPE’s Task Force on Sport which wrote standards for coaching education programs for sports at all levels throughout the United States. He has been a member of a number of national sport governing boards including the United States of Independent Gymnastics Clubs where he served as the Association’s Education Director.

Course Resources

The Concussion Recognition Tool (CRT) is a pocket reference card for coaches. Hard copies of the card are FREE and available upon request via email to

Decision Making Flow Chart – The flow chart was developed to provide a clear outline of the decision-making process when a concussion may be suspected in practice or competition

This two-sided sheet is designed to provide pertinent information to youth sports athletes, parents/guardians of youth sports athletes, physicians, and clinicians the event that an athlete is pulled from a practice or competition because a concussion is suspected. The sheet may be downloaded or copied for use by volunteer youth sports coaches.

Fact Sheet for Parents/Guardians of Youth Sports Athletes – The New Jersey Concussion Law mandates that a concussion fact sheet be provided to parents/guardians of participants in youth sports. This fact sheet was designed as a convenient tool for use by any youth sport organization. Alternative concussion fact sheets are available from the Center for Disease Control and Injury Prevention, New Jersey Department of Education, New Jersey Recreation and Parks Association, and other sources.

This booklet provides basic information on concussion of particular importance to parents/guardians of participants in youth sports. Hard copies of the booklet are free and available upon request via email to, or by phone to BIANJ at 732-745-0200.

NJRPA Concussion Guidelines & Resources

The Center for Disease Control estimates that 300,000 concussions are sustained during sports-related activity each year in the United States. A concussion is a traumatic brain injury caused by a direct or indirect blow to the head or body. In order to ensure the safety of young athletes, it is important that youth coaches, officials, managers and parents/guardians are educated about the nature and treatment of sports-related concussions and brain injuries.