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Why should a physical therapist, occupational therapist or athletic trainer take this sports concussion continuing education course?
There are between 1.7 and 3 million sports concussions per year. Many concussions still go undiagnosed or underdiagnosed, which costs the athlete valuable time, and the medical system unneeded costs. Learn the pathophysiology of sport-related concussion, evidence-based tools and strategies for diagnosis, and optimal treatment strategies.
Medical professionals trained in concussion management have a structured team approach to pre and post-management of concussions tend to have better outcomes, leading to an overall better quality of life for their clients/athletes
Rehab clinical tools instructed in this sports concussion rehab CE course to enhance your functional outcomes.
- Techniques to reduce the possibility of the post-concussive symptomatology that creates additional sequelae and additional health care costs
- An extensive explanation of the clinical signs and symptoms, biomarkers, clinical trajectories, subtypes, and common features associated with concussion
- Oculomotor and vestibular system assessment tools
- Recovery and multimodal approach
Specific instruction that will enhance your understanding and ability to deliver better patient care.
- Skills to efficiently and effectively identify problems early, get the patients or the athletes the treatment they need, and then return them to play safely in a smaller, efficient window.
- The reasoning behind concussion tests and expected results
- Factors that may trigger or exacerbate headaches
- The role of the rehab professional in the multidisciplinary team when developing comprehensive safe programs for the post-concussive client
Features unique to this sports concussion rehabilitation continuing education course
- Case study presentations with assessment and guides to return safely to activity.
- Demonstrations for Exercise and activity progression
- Collaborative team strategies to sports concussion diagnosis and treatment
- Techniques and parameters to return to play safely
This is an advanced level course applicable for PT, PTA, OT, AT.Physical Therapy Accreditation: For specific state information use the accreditation verification menu and select your state of license. AOTA: provider #4487, Occupational therapy professional development activity: Occupational Therapy Service Delivery, evaluation and intervention, and Foundation Knowledge: human body, development, and behavior. Athletic Trainers: BOC provider #P2047, category A. This course has not been submitted for Evidence-Based BOC approval.
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Sports Concussion - an Evidence-Based Course
- CE Hours: 8.5 hrs, .85 CEU
- Delivered: Online
- Instant Online Access, PDF Manual for Download, 365 days of access, Mobile Ready
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- 12 months of access to the healthclick video course library.
- More than 300 hours of online video courses designed for Physical therapists, Occupational Therapists and Assistants.
- Access to future courses and content.
- Start, stop and resume, right where you left off in a course.
- Real patient interviews.
- Medical expert contributors.
- 3D anatomy and medical illustrations.
- Easy to use learning system for fast access to your courses.
- Award winning content.
- Top instructors teaching evidence based skills and techniques.
Upon successful completion of this course the participant will be able to:
- Describe the pathophysiology and current management of sport-related concussion and the diagnosis of SRC to include evidenced-based recommendations from the 2016 Consensus Statement.
- Identify the clinical trajectories specific to SRC to improve impairment identification to guide treatment.
- Identify the 11 r’s associated with sport-related concussion.
- Identify outcome measures available to aid in diagnosis and objective measurement of ongoing symptoms to include: SCAT 5, Ocular (NPC, King-Devick, Cover/Uncover, Alternate Cover Test), Cervical JPE, Vestibular (DVAT, Head Thrust, VOR Cancellation, GST), Balance Tools.
- Perform an orthopedic evaluation to include cervical stability assessment, joint position error test, and postural contribution.
- Perform a Neurological exam of oculomotor and vestibular/balance dysfunction to include assessment of oculomotor ROM, smooth pursuits, saccades, convergence, VOR function, BPPV, ocular alignment and static and dynamic postural control.
- Perform a comprehensive concussion evaluation to include cervical examination, vestibular ocular examination, and exertional testing to quantify impairments commonly occurring with a concussion injury.
- Describe the post-traumatic headache differential diagnosis considerations.
- Perform clinical decision making when recommending guidelines and/or accommodations specific to identified impairments to facilitate return to activity to include return to learn considerations.
- Identify driving subtypes via clinical trajectories specific to individual patients in order to facilitate return to sport in a timely fashion when appropriate.
- Identify patient education resources for up to date concussion protocols.
- Identify physiological considerations in prescribing rest, and graduated return-to play protocols, based on the current literature and the 2016 consensus statement.
- Develop appropriate impairment-driven treatment strategies for Cervical, Ocular, Vestibular and Exertional intervention based on objective test results.
- Develop appropriate impairment-driven treatment strategies for multimodal sport specific interventions.
- Develop appropriate impairment-driven treatment strategies for higher level athletic activities that include sport specific training of identified impairments.
- Develop appropriate impairment-driven treatment strategies for use of multimodal and dual-task intervention to facilitate recovery.
- Identify and implement timeframes and activities for return- to-play protocols based upon the 2016 consensus statement.
- Develop clinical decision making on when to initiate RTP.
- Develop a communication pathway with other Healthcare providers and caregivers and identify the important role of each member of the multidisciplinary team.
- Refer patients to other members of the healthcare team for further assistance in postconcussive management.
Learn from the Expert Becky Bliss, PT, DPT, NCS
Current Research, Definition of a Concussion, Common Signs and Symptoms and Specific Assessment tools
- Latest research for concussions
- Defining a concussion
- Signs and symptoms and common features
- Biomarkers, PET scans
- Blood bile markers
- The metabolic crisis of a Concussion
- Isolated and multifactorial signs and symptoms
- Duration of Concussion symptoms
- The role of athletic trainers
- Understanding assessment tools
- Rate of recovery for children
- What is happening physiologically?
- Baseline testing recommendations
- Genetic testing and markers
Re-evaluation, Recovery and the Multimodal Approach
- Recovery guidelines-gradual reintegration
- Post concussive symptom checklist
- Multimodal approach, When do we initiate rehab?
Clinical Trajectories, Clinical Subtypes and the Multidisciplinary Approach
- Clinical trajectories
- Defining clinical subtypes that drive symptomatology
- Prioritizing treatment
- The Multidisciplinary Approach
- Oculomotor dysfunction
- Definitions and patient examples
- Cranial nerve function and the visual system
Oculomotor and Vestibular System
- Understanding the Oculomotor system
- Learn about Ganglion cells
- The Parocellular–focal–ventral pathway
- The magnocellular–ambient–dorsal pathway
- The Convergence Test
- The smooth pursuit test
- The King Devick Test
Concussion Assessment for the Rehab Professional
- Concussion assessment
- The most common symptoms of Concussions
- A comprehensive treatment approach detailed
- Understanding past medical history
- Learn the current assessment tools
- The role of rehabilitation
- Setting priorities
- Feasibility Study 2017
- How to train all the systems
- Exertional testing-objective measures
- The treadmill test
- Submaximal threshold
- How do you know if a test is complete
- The first signs of exacerbation
- Buffalo Concussion Treadmill Test
- Modifying exertional tests
- Sports specific drills
- Establishing Baselines
Patient Evaluation and Demonstrations
- Concussion exam components
- Examination of the musculature around the neck
- Movement of joints above and below the targeted assessment.
- Cervical Evaluation
- Range of Motion
- Ligamentous stability
- Cervical Joint Proprioceptive Error Test
- Testing for spontaneous and fixed gaze nystagmus
- Ocular motor range of motion
- Reflexive saccade
- King-Devick Test
- Phoria Cover Test
- Vestibular Ocular Motor Screening Tool
- The VOR test
- Smooth pursuit
- Horizontal smooth pursuits
- Vertical saccades
- Visual motor speed
- Visual motor sensitivity
- Understanding the score to the screening tool
- Ocular alignment exercises
- Convergence training
- Ocular Motor Exercises for athletes
- Combining ocular and vestibular exercises
- Eye hand coordination
- Fine motor skills
- Gross motor skills
- Smooth pursuit
- VOR Cancellation
- Progressing the challenge with cognitive tasks
- Progress your athlete using critical thinking and judgement
- Adding in a balance component
- Multitasking dual tasking reaction time
- Multi visual systems
- Switching between magno and parvo-progressing
- Near far chart
- Saccadic motion exercises for the athlete
- Initiating vestibular-ocular exercises
- Progressing to higher function
- What if a patient can't regulate their hemodynamics?
- Instituting vestibular therapy when the patient has neck problems
Return to play Protocol
- Graduated return to play protocol
- Guidelines of activity
Factors that May Trigger or Exacerbate Headaches
- Understanding headaches
- Cervical spine injury
- Impaired sleep
- Higher level cognition
- Vision Hearing sensitivity
- The influence of Exercise
Patient Case Study Review
- Cognitive fatigue patinet with cervical issues and ocular as the subdriving types
- Proper evaluation and building a comprehensive treatment program
Bonus Section: Dr Bliss Discusses Moderate to Severe TBI
- More moderate to severe TBI
- Variability of recovery
Course Test - Evaluate your knowledge
- Use the Healthclick proprietary online education system which provides the online student with:
- Worldwide access to high definition video, anatomical animations and images, and written information
- The highest quality film in the industry, you can see the difference!
- Stop and resume within a course, the Healthclick system will optimize your course based on your device, connection and remembers where you left off.
- Real-time course updates. We are always adding to each courses, updating content, adding animations, these are not static courses!
- Evaluate your knowledge with the course test on any device.
- Print your state course certificate for CE credit.
- Take the online test as many times as need in order to achieve a 70 % or greater score.