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COVID-19: Return to Play for Secondary School Athletes is a Course

COVID-19: Return to Play for Secondary School Athletes

Time limit: 30 days
3.0 credits

$19.95 Enroll

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Target Audience: Athletic Trainers


  1. Describe and plan a safe return to secondary school athletics during the COVID-19 pandemic based on the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Sports Medicine Advisory Committee (SMAC), American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine and the “Covid-19 Return to Play for the Secondary School Athlete” webinar.
  2. Highlight important cardiopulmonary considerations for high school student-athletes during the COVID-10 pandemic.


This course will review current secondary school standards and best practice protocols for a safe return to athletics due to  the COVID-19 pandemic.  Cardiopulmonary considerations during the COVID-19 pandemic for the high school athlete will be reviewed and considered as part of the safe return to sport process.  Finally, a general overview of necessary planning steps is reviewed including equipment needed, proper phases of return and athletic training facility considerations.  Practical application examples are given throughout the course.  Upon completion of the course, individuals will be able to implement course knowledge practically and outline a safe return to sport process for the secondary school athletic population.

 This course qualifies for 3 'Category A' credits under the BOC for Athletic Trainers.


Information was current at the time of the webinar used for primary instruction in this course. Due to the ever-changing nature of COVID-19 and our increased understandings based on current research findings, please note that while the information contained herein is sound, we encourage you to consult current CDC, state, or special organizational (i.e, NATA, HSFA, NSCA) guidelines while making decisions.


Robert Franks, D.O., F.A.O.A.S.M., is a board certified, family practice physician with a certificate of added qualification in Sports Medicine at Rothman Orthopaedic Institute.  He specializes in medical orthopaedics, sports medicine, and is one of the nation’s leaders in sports-related concussion management. Dr. Franks serves as an Associate Professor at Thomas Jefferson University as well as a Clinical Associate Professor at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine.  

Dr. Franks is widely published on sports concussion management having co-authored the Team Physician’s Consensus Statement on Concussion and further contributing numerous articles and abstracts in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at national and international meetings.  Dr. Franks recently published “Current Concepts in the Office Based Treatment of the Concussed Athlete” and was recognized as the Osteopathic Family Physician Attending Paper of the Year for 2019.

He is an active member of several sports medicine societies, including the American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine (AOASM) where he previously served as President.  Dr. Franks is also a team physician for USA wrestling and a number of area high schools and consults for the Philadelphia Phillies.

Dr. Franks has received numerous awards and recognition for his work on concussions.  He has "Top Doc" status with Castle Connolly, Philadelphia Magazine, and has been named a South Jersey “Top Doc” for the past several years in both Pediatric and Adult Sports Medicine.  In 2019, The American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine awarded Dr. Franks as Mentor of the Year.  He is also the recipient of the David Moyer Physician of the Year award from the Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association (EATA).