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Concussion in Sport Part 2: Clinical Evaluation and Return to Play

presented by Todd Arnold, MD

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Financial: Todd Arnold receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Non-Financial: Todd Arnold has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Video Runtime: 45 Minutes, Learning Assessments: 39 Minutes

This case-based course is aimed at preparing physical therapists for the Sports Certified Specialist advanced certification exam but is appropriate for athletic trainers and strength and conditioning specialists looking to expand their knowledge of concussion in sport. In this course, Dr. Arnold teaches therapists and trainers about the pathophysiology of concussion and how to recognize and manage concussion, as well as important considerations for return-to-sport and return-to-school decisions. This is the second course in a two-part series.

Meet Your Instructor

Todd Arnold, MD

Dr. Todd Arnold is a primary care/sports performance physician with more than a decade of experience caring for athletes of all levels from scholastic to professional. He serves as a sports performance scientist for USA Track & Field, and he worked extensively with more than 50 athletes in preparation for the 2012 Olympic Games, where…

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1. Clinical Evaluation

Recognition and management of concussion happens on the field and in the clinic. This chapter covers the importance of standardized and objective assessments to diagnose concussion on the field, on the sideline, and in the clinic.

2. Symptom Management

Symptom management of concussion focuses on managing headaches and sleep. This chapter describes the different methods to manage headache symptoms, remove aggravating disturbances that drive symptoms, and manage sleep in an effective manner.

3. Education and Academic Accommodations

Although there is no cookie-cutter plan for all athletes, this chapter discusses the return to the academic setting and an approach that can be applied to your setting. The situation in the education setting is changing rapidly, and having a concept of where we are now will help set the tone for future ideas.

4. Return-to-Play Considerations

Providing patients with appropriate education on concussion is key to concussion recovery. The athlete should know who to call and when to call if symptoms are worsening, how to mitigate factors that make concussion worse, and what typical recovery timelines are. Additionally, Dr. Arnold discusses the importance of proper equipment fit and how to work with teachers and professors to accommodate the concussion in return to school.

5. New Thinking and Conclusions

Much is changing rapidly in the world of concussion management. This final chapter covers a few new concepts that can be used to care for athletes today and maybe set the stage for future adaptations.

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