Comprehensive Concussion Management in Physical Therapy

May 6-7, 2017 in Austin, TX

TA concussion is a complex yet common consequence of collisions, falls, and other forms of contact in sports following either a blow to the head or as a result of the violent shaking of the head. The potential disabling symptoms that may follow after a concussion can often be misunderstood. Much national attention has been garnered about this type of injury given the frequency in which it occurs in sports. Concussion is defined as an alteration of mental function that may or may not involve loss of consciousness and results in many symptoms in the physical, cognitive, and emotional realms. In recent years, new knowledge on concussion has been presented; health care professionals, including physical therapists, are constantly re-shaping their perspective and management strategy of how to approach concussion. Due to the uniqueness of the physical symptoms that people with concussion are presenting with, physical therapists are highly qualified to manage this injury. This course will include an update on new and innovative strategies for the prevention, evaluation, and treatment of concussion related to physical therapy and including consideration of cognitive and emotional issues when managing patients. Participants will have the opportunity to gain and enhance their knowledge regarding comprehensive management of concussion through lecture, discussions, and lab. Case studies will illustrate physical therapy management of concussion (sports medicine, orthopedics, neurology, and vestibular) at all age levels while considering appropriate avenues of referral.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe current best practice definitions of concussion and discuss epidemiological data.
  2. Discuss the pathophysiology of concussion and implications for assessment and intervention.
  3. Describe risk factors that contribute to prognosis and outcome assessment following concussion.
  4. Discuss on the field assessment tools that improve acute management of sports-related concussion
  5. Use prevention tools to educate parents, coaches, families, patients regarding the effects of concussion
  6. Describe and demonstrate the key components of physical therapy assessment of concussion (including vestibular, sports medicine, orthopedics, neurology, medical).
  7. Perform treatment strategies to address the cervical spine, oculomotor system, vestibular system, headache, exertional, cognitive, and psychogenic issues following a concussion.
  8. Describe the implementation of stages of exertional training prior to returning an athlete to play in sports concussion or returning a child back to school or adult back to work.
  9. Draw upon the latest research and guidelines related to concussion to effectively integrate evidence based practice into the clinic or on the field.
  10. Describe the importance of a team approach in the effective management of individuals with concussion.
Day One Day Two
7:30 AM-8:00 AM Registration 8:00-8:30 AM Assessment of Sleep/Anxiety Issues
8:00 AM-8:30 AM Introduction: Definitions, Epidemiology, Prevention, and Education 8:30 AM-9:15 AM Assessment of Vestibular/Oculomotor Issues (Lecture)
8:30 AM-9:00 AM Pathophysiology of Concussion 9:15 AM-10:00 AM Assessment of Vestibular/Oculomotor Issues (Lab)
9:00 AM-9:30 AM Prognostic Risk Factors of Delayed Recovery 10:00 AM-10:15 AM Break
9:30 AM-9:45 AM Break 10:15 AM-11:30 AM Assessment of Vestibular/Oculomotor Issues (Lab continued)
9:45 AM-11:00 AM On-the-field/Acute Management of (Sports) Concussion 11:30 AM-12:00 PM Assessment of Exertional Symptoms
11:00 AM-12:00 PM Important Medical Considerations/Medication Management 12:00 PM-1:00 PM Lunch
12:00 PM-1:00 PM Lunch 1:00 PM-2:00 PM Headache/Migraine Management
1:00 PM-2:00 PM History Taking and Outcome Measurement in Concussion 2:00 PM-2:30 PM Return to Play/Activity Recommendations
2:00 PM-3:00 PM Assessment of the Cervical Spine (Lecture) and Cervicogenic Dizziness 2:30 PM-2:45 PM Break
3:00 PM-3:15 PM Break 2:45 PM-3:15 PM Essential Multi-Disciplinary Components of Concussion Management
3:15 PM-5:15 PM Assessment of the Cervical Spine (Lab) 3:15 PM-4:15 PM Intervention Strategies for the Cervical Spine, Oculomotor and Vestibular System
    4:15 PM-5:15 PM Case Studies with Discussion, Q+A
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