Building a Best-Practices and Litigation-Resistant Concussion Protocol

December 13, 2023
2:00 pm ET
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Course Information

December 13, 2023
Kate Higgins, PsyD, ABPP
1.5 Category A CEUs

Course Description:

  • There have been several recent updates to evidence-based best practices recommendations for concussion with the release of the Amsterdam statement and its related literature reviews.  While updating protocols is time consuming, concussion is too litigious of an injury to use antiquated diagnostic and management practices.  This workshop will do a brief overview of what a “best practices” concussion protocol should include, review common causes of concussion litigation, and provide an opportunity for participants to consider their own practice site’s concussion practices/protocols and discuss solutions for some of the challenges of pushing through protocol updates.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the necessary components and related research-based recommendations for a best practice concussion protocol
  • Examine common causes of concussion litigation
  • Analyze your practice setting's concussion protocol(formal or informal) for consistency with best practices and compose potential improvements                                  


  • Name: Kate Higgins, PsyD, ABPP
  • Title: Sport Neuropsychologist
  • Organization: Nebraska Athletics and Nebraska Medicine Concussion Clinic
  • Bio: Dr. Kate Higgins is a sport neuropsychologist at University of Nebraska-Lincoln Athletics and the lead provider at a new Nebraska Medicine concussion clinic housed in Memorial Stadium and created through a collaboration between Nebraska Medicine and Husker Athletics. Dr. Higgins completed a doctorate in clinical psychology with an emphasis in neuropsychology at Forest Institute, a 2-year fellowship in clinical neuropsychology at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln Center for Brain, Biology, and Behavior and the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and is board certified in Clinical Neuropsychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. She has published in multiple areas, including the reliability and validity of concussion baseline data, the role of effort in baseline concussion testing, effects of mental health on concussion recovery, and mental health screening in athletes.

Target Audience:

  • AT, PT, OT, MD/DO, PhD/PsyD, RN

Course Format:

  • Virtual, synchronous activity taking place via Zoom

Difficulty Level:

  • Advanced

Registration Limit:

  • Up to 1000

Practice Domain:

  • Examination, assessment, and diagnosis
  • Health Care Administration and Professional Responsibility


  • FREE activity

Cancellation/Refund Policy:

  • No fee was charged for this activity


  • Sway Medical (BOC AP#: P12055) is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Athletic Trainers (ATs). This program is eligible for a maximum of (1.5) hours/Category A CEUs. ATs should claim only those hours actually spent in the educational program.


  • This activity is not sponsored.

Required Materials and Equipment:

  • This activity will require a computer or phone with a stable internet connection.