Traumatic Brain Injury is major cause of death and disability in the United States, contributing to about 30% of all injury deaths. Concussion falls under the definition of mild traumatic brain injury; however, there is nothing mild about a brain injury. The true burden exists with concussion survivors suffering from the lasting effects of what a TBI does to a person as a whole being.
There is a paucity of quality and consistent concussion education in entry level, residency, and post-professional medical education. This has led to an overwhelming need on an international level to provide comprehensive care for the concussion patient of today. The potential pervasive nature of the concussive injury and the overall heterogeneity of patient presentation makes this injury a difficult one to evaluate, treat, and manage for patients that transition over to chronic symptom presentation.
The concussion patient has the ability to access point of care through various healthcare portals and specialties which is why the target audience for this weekend intensive is multidisciplinary. Any healthcare practitioner with direct access to the patient of today ranging from physicians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, psychologists, and athletic trainers is eligible to be a part of the weekend intensive.
This multidisciplinary weekend intensive will give practitioners the competence and confidence to better identify, treat, and manage the concussion patient along the entire continuum of recovery from acute to chronic and pediatric to geriatric.
The Evidence In Motion Concussion Weekend Intensive is geared towards enhancing your critical thinking, psychomotor, and cross-disciplinary communication skills in order to improve decision-making and outcomes of care facilitating collective competence across the healthcare continuum.
This course is delivered in a blended learning fashion, combining online and on-site learning experiences to facilitate participant learning. An interactive and media-rich online precourse is provided to participants in advance of the intensive 2-day on-site laboratory weekend. The online precourse provides an evidence-based overview of the management of the concussion patient, acute to geriatric, fostering a rehabilitative team approach.
The on-site lab intensive weekend provides participants with hands-on demonstration and practice of taking an exquisite comprehensive history of present illness, bringing in caregiver historical information, practicing the psychomotor properties of objective concussion measures, and reviewing real world interventions combining vestibular, musculoskeletal, ocular motor, and cognitive interventions for the concussion patient
An online post-test and on-site skill assessments are used to reinforce course objectives and assess learning. Successful completion of this course requires 80% or higher on post-test, skills assessment and attendance at each onsite day
Target Audience: physical therapists, occupational therapists, athletic trainers, physicians as well as other professionals looking to develop their skills in evaluation and management of concussion through the lifespan and in a variety of populations.
Credits: 22 contact hours (8 online and 16 on-site) from EIM Institute of Health Professions
Appropriate dress: Participants are asked to bring appropriate attire for lab sessions (i.e. shorts and t-shirts and sports bras for women) and air-conditioned environments throughout the day (i.e. warm-up or work-out clothes).
Upon completing this course, you’ll be able to:
- Debunk concussion myths and facts in clinical practice
- Obtain an exquisite subjective history from patient and caregiver screening all systems, environmental, and social scenarios that may impede clinical care and outcomes
- Demonstrate a comprehensive physical examination to diagnose and/or recognize concussion signs and symptoms in the pediatric to geriatric patient.
- Identify premorbid yellow and red flags that may make the patient susceptible to chronic post concussion symptoms
- Use various screening tools and techniques to differentiate between post-concussion syndrome, cervical spine, vestibular, learning, and mood disorders
- Incorporate and analyze real-life patient stories and videos for next day clinical knowledge translation
- Determine who is appropriate to refer to rehabilitative therapy services such as physical therapy, vestibular therapy, occupational therapy, vision therapy, speech language pathology, neuropsychology, psychology, school counselors, and social work.
- Appreciate the interdisciplinary model necessary to appropriately care for the chronic post-concussive patient
- Determine how to assess and treat cervical, vestibular, and autonomic dysfunction related to exertional exercise.
- Utilize a paced graded exposure therapeutic neuroscience education approach to address functional limitations that may be modifiable with behavioral and environmental adaptations
- Empower the student to begin accurately educating colleagues and communities on concussion prevention, treatment and safety
Most importantly – translate this information into the next day clinical practice!
References: Required and supplementary articles are listed in each weekly module and can be downloaded from the Moodle Learning Management System.