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Concussion Basics: Assessment, Screening, and Risk Factors

presented by Anne Mucha, DPT, MS, NCS and Susan Whitney, DPT, PhD, NCS, ATC, FAPTA

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This course will be retired and no longer available as of Sun Nov 1, 2020. Please start the course by Mon Oct 19, 2020 and complete the course by Sat Oct 31, 2020 to receive credit.

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  • Concussion is an ongoing public health initiative, due to high prevalence and potentially serious long-term consequences that may arise from incomplete recovery and improper management. Concussion often results in a multitude of symptoms, deficits in cognitive function and impairment in the vestibular and visual systems. Effective management employs a multidisciplinary team approach in which these various deficits areas can be assessed and treated. This course will review the pathophysiology, epidemiology and biomechanics of concussion, along with pertinent information regarding diagnosis and negative outcomes following this injury. Current guidelines with respect to return to play will also be discussed. The course will finish with a case study example.

    Meet Your Instructors

    Anne Mucha, DPT, MS, NCS

    Anne Mucha is the coordinator of vestibular rehabilitation for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Sports Medicine Concussion Program and Centers for Rehab Services. She is a board-certified clinical specialist in neurologic physical therapy with advanced certification in vestibular rehabilitation. With more than 20 years of experience treating individuals with neurologic conditions, she is also…

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    Susan Whitney, DPT, PhD, NCS, ATC, FAPTA

    Susan L. Whitney, received her PhD in motor development/motor learning from the University of Pittsburgh, her professional physical therapy education from Temple University in Philadelphia, and her DPT from MGH Institute of the Health Professions. Currently, she is a professor in physical therapy in the UPMC School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, and she is…

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    Chapters & Learning Objectives

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    1. Concussion: Anatomy and Physiology of the Injury

    Dr. Whitney and Dr. Mucha describe the pathophysiology, biomechanics and epidemiology of concussion as well as the potential negative consequences arising from concussion. This chapter also discusses the latest information related to diagnostic testing and biomarkers for concussion.

    2. Evaluation of Concussion: Neurocognitive and other Clinical Assessment Tools

    In this chapter, Dr. Whitney and Dr. Mucha describe how to recognize the positive and negative aspects of neurocognitive testing. The instructors demonstrate how to utilize solid “rules” about test properties in order to make an informed decision about a concussion self-report tool for the participant's practice. The participant will learn to effectively use these concussion self-report tools.

    3. Prognosis and Risk Factors for Recovery following Concussion

    Dr. Whitney and Dr. Mucha describe key constitutional risk factors associated with poorer outcome after a concussion. The participant will learn to recognize injury-specific and post injury risk factors that affect outcome following concussion. This chapter will also teach the participant to incorporate assessment of key risk factors into the physical therapy examination.

    4. Screening for Vestibular and Ocular Motor Dysfunction following Concussion

    In this chapter, Dr. Whitney and Dr. Mucha discuss the prevalence of vestibular and ocular motor deficits following concussion. They describe the effect of vestibular and ocular motor impairments on recovery following concussion. The participant will learn how to perform screenings for BPPV, balance and vestibular/ocular (VOMS) impairment.

    5. Patient Education Materials

    It's common to hear about concussions in sports, but the treatment for concussions has changed a lot in the past few years. With the right approach, most concussions can be healed like any other injury. Give these Patient Education Materials to your patients, their family members and/or coaches in order to explain concussion recognition and management strategies and ensure their proper recovery.

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