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CM: Concussion Management


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This two-day introductory course in Concussion Management will cover the lifespan of a concussion from the acute injury to post-concussive management. The participants will obtain general neuro-anatomy and physiology of a concussion including prevalence and incidence rates. Following the “anatomy” of a concussion, the course will cover baseline performance testing and sideline tests to be performed for the concussed athlete, but will not only be singled out for athletes.  The course will also cover clinical testing, including subjective and objective examinations, allowing for differential diagnosis and one-on-one assessment for the individual.  A brief review of BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo) and treatment will be covered for this population.  Appropriate vestibular rehabilitation protocols will be addressed for this population with cognitive challenges applied.  Finally, patient and family education on return to sport, school, and work will be discussed.


Target Audience: PTs, PTAs, OTs, OTAs, ATs

Instructional Level: Intermediate

Instructional Methods: Live lecture followed by Q&A

Course Completion Requirements: must attend entire webinar event and complete the post-course survey

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16 Hour Course

15 CCUs awarded through ProCert

16 CEUs will be offered for Certified Athletic Trainers

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Topics & Categories Covered


Course Agenda

Pre-Course Required Content, video format through on-line access:

  • Lecture: Vestibular Profile Part 1 and 2 and Cervical Profile: 60 minutes [LECTURE]


Live Lab Day 1

  • 8:00-9:00: [LECTURE] Intro to course and foundations of concussion
  • 9:00-9:30: [LAB] on baseline testing
  • 9:30-11:30: [LECTURE 1 hour AND LAB 1 hour] Acute assessment tools
  • 11:30-12:30: LUNCH BREAK
  • 12:30-1:00: [LECTURE] detailing the process of an uncomplicated return from concussion
  • 1:00pm-2:00: [LECTURE: CLASS DISCUSSION] on case study of an uncomplicated concussion and skill review/check off
  • 1:30-2:30: [LECTURE] Complicating factors in concussions
  • 2:30-2:45: BREAK
  • 2:45-3:45: [LECTURE 30 min AND LAB 30 min] Vestibular profile


Live Lab DAY 2


  • 8:00-9:30: [LECTURE 45 min AND LAB 45 min] Ocular profile
  • 9:30-10:30 [LECTURE] Cervical profile
  • 10:30-11:30: [LECTURE] Migraines, Anxiety/Mood, and Cognitive/Fatigue profiles
  • 11:30-12:30: LUNCH BREAK
  • 12:30-1:00: [LECTURE] Medications, supplements, and nutrition
  • 1:00-2:00: [LECTURE] Putting it all together; provider teamwork, education, returning to life
  • 2:00-2:15: BREAK
  • 2:15-5:00: [LECTURE] Case Studies/class discussion/self-reflection

Course Objectives

By the end of the course, participants will be able to correctly identify 5 key components of anatomy and physiology of the brain, cervical spine, and vestibular system in relation to concussion.
By the end of the course, participants will be able to correctly describe the role of vestibular anatomy in benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV).
By the end of the course, participants will be able to demonstrate the correct sequence of positions for canalith repositioning techniques for the posterior canal.
By the end of the course, participants will be able to perform 3 examination techniques to identify the presence of BPPV consistent with symptoms associated with concussions.
By the end of the course, participants will be able to identify 3 key interventions for concussive disorder ocular profile.
By the end of the course, given a case study of uncomplicated consussion, participants will be able to integrate 3 interventions for concusive disorder cervical profile into the patient’s management program consistent with multidisciplinary care and with appropriate return to activity recommendations.
By the end of the course, given a case study of uncomplicated concussion, participants will be able to list the components of appropriate screening for differential diagnosis including red flags.
By the end of the course, participants will be able to list 3 key studies in current management trends of acute non-complicated concussion.

Course Rationale

In this course, concussion management is explored in a comprehensive way.  Beginning with acute management and how to recognize concussion symptoms after trauma, then going further in depth with subjective interviews and how to sort the incoming information into separate concussion profiles to quickly choose the most appropriate course of action. The physical therapy evaluation process is discussed along with treatment and progressions within all concussion profiles appropriate for a therapy session.  There is an in-depth lecture into how to recognize red flags, yellow flags and limitations to recovery.  There is a group discussion into how to build a multidisciplinary team including physical therapist, athletic trainer, as well as the entire health care team and when to refer to each of them. By the conclusion of this course participants including physical therapists and physical therapist assistants should be able to comfortably work in tandem with other concussion treatment providers and should have improved knowledge of patient transition between physical therapy and athletic training.


Course Instructors

Tray Rush

Jessica Mitchell


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