MDPH Approved Annual Training for School Staff

The regulations require that schools must provide Annual Trainings for coaches, school nurses, school and team physicians, certified athletic trainers, athletic directors, trainers, marching band directors, student athletes and their parents. The following annual training programs listed below meet the requirements of the regulations:

The following programs have been approved by MDPH to provide the annual training in person that has met the requirements of the regulations:

  • Concussion Legacy Foundation
    phone: 781-790-1921
    Education and Research Programs Manager: Cliff Robbins
  • Boston University Continuing Medical Education
    72 East Concord Street, A402
    Boston, MA 02118
    phone: 617-638-4605
    Training Director: Dr. Robert Cantu
  • Brain Injury Center, Boston Children's Hospital
    300 Longwood Avenue
    Boston, MA 02115
    phone: 617-355-2490
    Training Director: Michelle Parker, RN, MS, PNP
  • Southcoast Hospitals Group
    480 Hawthorn St.
    North Dartmouth, MA 02747
    phone: 508-910-3424
    Training Director: Kathleen Thornton, MS ATC, CSCS, NASM-PES
  • CANTU Program: Concussion Awareness Neurological Training and Understanding for School Staff and Volunteers CCANTU Program: Concussion Awareness Neurological Training and Understanding for School Staff and Volunteers
    CANTU Program: Concussion Awareness Neurological Training and Understanding for Parents and Students
    Dr. Robert C. Cantu, MD, Medical Director
    Jessica Gravel, PT, DPT, Project Manager
    Emerson Hospital Center for Rehabilitative and Sports Therapies
    Dr. Robert C. Cantu Concussion Center
    310 Baker Avenue
    Concord, MA 01742
    phone: 978-287-8229
  • Massachusetts Concussion Management Coalition
    Diane Sartanowicz MS, ATC, LAT, Director
    Boston Children’s Hospital
    20 Hope Avenue, Suite G01
    Waltham, MA 02453
    phone: 781-216-3083

DPH is interested in approving other programs to meet the annual training requirements of the regulations. The following link describes the training criteria and application process for approval:

MDPH Approved Clinical Training for Clinicians Providing Medical Clearance

The regulations require that physicians, nurse practitioners, certified athletic trainers, physician assistants and neuropsychologists providing medical clearance for students with sports related head injuries to return to play shall verify that they have received Department-approved training in traumatic head injury assessment and management or have received equivalent training as part of their licensure or continuing education.

The bullet below for the CDC training used in conjunction with the PowerPoint slides on the Massachusetts head injury regulations have been approved by MDPH. Both the CDC training and the power point slides must be completed to comply with the clinical training requirements of the regulations.

In addition, the clinical training programs listed below meets the requirements of the regulations for clinical training:

  • Boston Children's Hospital
    Sports Concussion Clinic
    9 Hope Avenue
    Waltham, MA 02453
    phone: 781-216-1328
    Training Directors: William P. Meehan, III, MD
    Alex M. Taylor, PsyD
    Michael O'Brien, MD
  • Warren A. Bodine, DO CAQSM
    Greater Lawrence Family Medicine Residency Program
    34 Haverhill Street
    Lawrence, MA 01841
    phone: 978-687-6453
    email: warren.bodine@glfhc.org

DPH is inviting programs to apply to provide training for clinicians to meet the clinical training requirements of the sports concussion regulations. This training will be designed particularly for those providing medical clearance for return to play: physicians, certified athletic trainers, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and neuropsychologists. The following link describes the clinical training criteria and application process:

Concussion Treatment and Management Webinar

The Massachusetts Medical Society along with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts has developed for healthcare professionals and the public a new online 1 ½ hour webinar aimed at identifying and managing  concussions as well as fully understanding the physical and cognitive limitations that can occur after a concussion. The multi-media program, ‘Concussion Treatment, Management and Prevention’, includes an overview of the signs, symptoms and treatment of concussion, recommendations for graduated return to play and return to learn for students who have suffered a concussion and an overview of policies and procedures required by the Mass. sports concussion regulations. The MA sports concussion regulations require physicians, nurse practitioners, licensed athletic trainers, physician assistants and neuropsychologists providing medical clearance for return to play for student athletes verify that they have received DPH approved clinical training in traumatic head injury assessment and management.  This webinar qualifies as a DPH approved training.

Here are the links to the training:


This information is provided by the Injury Prevention and Control Program within the Department of Public Health.