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Concussion in Sport Part 1: Pathophysiology, Recognition, & Management

presented by Todd Arnold, MD

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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: 39 Minutes, Learning Assessments: 27 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, MD, teaches therapists and trainers about the epidemiology and pathophysiology of concussion, as well as mechanism, recognition, and management of the injury. This is the first course in a two-part series covering this topic.

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. Introduction to Concussion

This opening chapter reviews the epidemiology of concussions and some important points regarding head injuries for the sports physical therapist. It is important to have this background information, as it helps when communicating to athletes, parents, and coaches, who often have many questions generated by many sources.

2. Pathophysiology of Concussion

This second chapter covers the physiology of the injury, laying a basic understanding that can be used daily in practice but also applied to care of the injured athlete. This understanding offers an explanation for why injuries of this nature take time to resolve and makes it easier to explain what to expect and why.

3. Recognition and Management

Chapter 3 covers items that are used for injury recognition and covers the on-field management of the injured athlete. It covers the sideline assessment and return-to-play decisions, which are crucial for sports physical therapists to integrate into their practice.

4. Conclusions

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.

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