The focus of the Erasmus+ project is to support educators and provide continuous professional development to Vocational Education and Training (VET) teachers, trainers and mentors.
The context for the project is the overwhelming need for professional development in the area of concussion awareness training and management for VET teachers involved in programmes relating to health, sport and exercise.
Concussion as an area is not currently taught in any detail to the very professionals that will end up encountering it, contributing to a significant knowledge gap in terms of understanding and management of concussion on a broader European and global scale.
This lack of training and awareness of concussion means that future sports personnel and health professionals will be ill-equipped to diagnose and treat concussions that they will undoubtedly be faced with on numerous occasions throughout their careers.
The Erasmus+ project partners are:
Atlantic Technological University (Ireland)
The International Concussion and Head Injury Research Foundation (UK)
Oxford Brookes University (UK)
Southern Denmark University (Denmark)
La Trobe University (Australia)
Each member of the consortium brings unique expertise to ensure a complementary partnership that will enable the successful completion of the project.
Addressing current misinformation around the mechanisms, duration, awareness, treatment and complexity of the ‘invisible injury,’ this project is the first step in developing a combined continental approach to cataloguing, educating and quantifying the issue of concussion in a recreation and sporting context.