The Concussion Management course is best summarized by a recent participant: “From never having treated a patient post-concussion, I felt like I had a solid understanding of what a concussion is and what it isn’t, as well as what the emerging technologies/treatment philosophies are in order to feel confident going into concussion evaluation in the future. I learned more than I expected to and walked away feeling more confident than I expected. The instructors approached the weekend with excitement and openness and created an environment where thoughtful discussion took place. There was extensive lab time to actually practice skills with helpful critiques from instructors and participants alike. I work in an outpatient ortho clinic and can utilize these concepts immediately with patients who have sports related concussions as well as non-athletes post-MVA/falls.”
This course is designed for anyone who desires to improve their concussion management skills. A temporal approach is taken to the course, where we focus on pre-injury baseline testing, followed by acute sideline evaluation of a concussion. This is progressed to management of a concussion in the first 48-hours, and eventually the physical therapy office. Day 2 of the lab intensive focuses on various concussion trajectories their associated treatment paths. The lab finishes with return-to-sport, return-to-work, and return-to-learn discussions.
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 pre-course is provided to participants in advance of the intensive 2-day on-site laboratory weekend. The online pre-course 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 patient with a concussion.
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: PT’s, ATC’s, PTA’s, COTA’s, NP’s, and PA-C’s.
Credits: 24 contact hours (9 online and 15 on-site) from EIM Institutes 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:
- Obtain a 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.
- Demonstrate specific interventions to address specific concussion trajectories: ocular, vestibular, post-traumatic, cervical pain, cognitive-fatigue, anxiety/mood issues, etc.
- Appreciate the interdisciplinary model necessary to appropriately care for the chronic post-concussive patient, and be able to identify which patients would benefit from referral to other health care providers.
- Evaluate an athlete’s readiness for return-to-play after a concussion.
- Incorporate and analyze real-life patient stories for next-day clinical knowledge translation.
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.