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Pulmonary Care in Athletes

presented by Todd Arnold, MD

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Pulmonary conditions appear frequently in the care of competitive athletes. As a sports therapist, you must be prepared to recognize and monitor your athletes to ensure their pulmonary health and support their athletic goals. Gain an understanding of symptoms, physiology, and treatment of asthma, exercise induced bronchospasm (EIB), vocal cord dysfunction, pneumothorax, and hemothorax to recognize and manage these conditions in your athletes. Dr. Todd Arnold provides extensive knowledge in the treatment of elite athletes suffering from pulmonary conditions. Experience the illustrative graphics, detailed course materials, and interactive case study to prepare yourself for the SCS exam or for your practice with athletes needing pulmonary care.

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. Bronchospasm

This first chapter presents important terminology and concepts of pulmonary function to better understand and treat bronchospasm and other pulmonary conditions. After a firm foundation in the pulmonary system, apply this knowledge to asthma and EIB.

2. Exercise Induced Bronchospasm and Treatment

Dr. Todd Arnold then focuses in on treatment for EIB and asthma. Pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment options are thoroughly covered in turn, presenting the participant with a strong foundation from which to inform their athletes of key considerations for these conditions.

3. Vocal Cord Dysfunction, Pneumothorax, and Hemothorax

This chapter provides an important understanding of three pulmonary conditions seen in athletes: vocal cord dysfunction, pneumothorax, and hemothorax. Complete this chapter to detect the signs, symptoms, and best treatment options of these conditions.

4. Cases

Learn techniques for better communication with your athletes related to their pulmonary function testing and diagnosis. Dr. Arnold demonstrates two different patient interactions important for obtaining information about their condition. Then, test your knowledge with these case questions in preparation for the SCS exam and your practice.

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