Date of Award


Degree Name

Nursing (D.N.P.)


College of Nursing

First Advisor

Cynthia Coviak

Second Advisor

Kimberly Fenbert

Third Advisor

Erin Chillag


The number of recreation and sports-related concussions (SRC) are estimated at 3.8 million every year in the United States. Recently, widespread media attention has been paid to concussion, and with this there has been a rise in adolescents with SRC seeking health care. Primary care providers are often the first to evaluate and provide treatment for adolescents with concussion. Despite the abundance of literature on concussions, there has been little empirical data to support management practices for this patient population. The purpose of the project was to provide an evidence-based process along with a clinical decision support tool to the providers of a primary care office. The main objective was to improve the confidence in primary care providers’ abilities to evaluate and manage adolescents presenting with a concussion with the most up-to-date clinical guidelines and recommendations. This included increasing confidence in recommending return to play and return to learn guidelines to patients and families. All of these objectives were met after the completion of an educational presentation on the evidencebased process.

Included in

Nursing Commons