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CCATP: Comprehensive Concussion Awareness and Treatment Program

We are creating awareness and prevention strategies for sports-related head injuries.

About Our Program

By combining education and preseason testing with a comprehensive concussion clinic, we are creating awareness, prevention strategies and structured return to play protocols for sports-related injuries. Our approach, using the enhanced CCATP, addresses the adequacy of the standard teaching formats. Using the novel, web-based module, we will provide educational material to the athletes via an engaging, interactive platform. 

The comprehensive concussion clinic will provide retesting following an injury, return to learn and return to play protocols that are individualized for each athlete and many medical specialists including a concussion trained vestibular physical therapist, a neurosurgeon and a behavior health specialist.

The CCATP web tool will allow us to assess an athlete’s knowledge and ability to recognize concussion symptoms and to determine the impact of the educational format, content and presentation. With this approach we will empower athletes directly with the knowledge and awareness to reduce the barriers to identify and seek treatment for concussive injuries.

Education may not prevent concussions from occurring, but it will improve concussion awareness and the recognition that immediate treatment and standardized follow-up protocols will improve the outcomes of student athletes that suffer concussions. The CCATP is a novel, impactful tool that will be utilized to shape a culture of concussion education and awareness in the south Alabama region and beyond.

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    Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.



    Ashley Marass

    Anthony Martino

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    About Our Team

    Ashley Marass is an associate professor at the University of South Alabama (USA) College of Nursing and a pediatric nurse practitioner with USA Health. Marass created the computer-based CCATP while completing the Doctor of Nursing Practice program (with honors) at Samford University. Marass’ special interests include concussion education, neurosurgical nursing, adolescent medicine and pediatric HIV. Marass’ experience as a nurse in the public school system has afforded her invaluable insights that aided in the development of the format and content, and, implementation of the CCATP. 

    Anthony Martino is the chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of South Alabama (USA) College of Medicine. Martino has practiced neurosurgery for 25 years specializing in pediatric neurosurgery. Throughout his career, Martino has been actively involved in championing head injury prevention programs. These efforts include initiating the south Alabama regional ThinkFirst program for which Dr. Martino is currently the physician sponsor. In concert with ThinkFirst, the USA Department of Neurosurgery has an active concussion management program which evaluates concussed athletes, including those from the USA sports programs (NCAA Division I), from time of impact through recovery.

    Chelsea Best is a physical therapist with USA Health. She moved to Spanish Fort, Alabama from San Diego, California. She received her master’s degree from Cal State Long Beach and became a concussion specialist while working at an outpatient sports medicine clinic. Chelsea’s personal experience with vertigo is what drew her to treating concussions and vestibular dysfunctions. She has attended continuing education courses focused on treatment of sports and non-sports related concussions as well as various causes of dizziness. Chelsea has been involved with the CCATP and baseline testing of athletes in Mobile and Baldwin counties. She is an integral part of the CCATP at USA Health treating many athletes at the college and high school level using vestibular physical therapy and achieving excellent results with accelerated safe return to play.

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    The following USA Health providers are affiliated with the Comprehensive Concussion Awareness and Treatment Program.

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