This case-based course is aimed at preparing physical therapists for the Sports Certified Specialist advanced certification exam, but is appropriate for any therapist looking to expand their knowledge of concussion in sport. In this course, Dr. Arnold, MD walks through four case studies dealing with concussion. In the case studies, Dr. Arnold demonstrates how to gather pertinent information from the athlete, identifies which assessments are appropriate to use in the clinic and on the sidelines, and emphasizes the clinical reasoning behind his treatment approach.
Dr. Todd Arnold is a primary care/sports performance physician with over a decade of experience caring for athletes of all levels from scholastic to professional. He serves as a sports performance scientist for USA Track and Field, and has worked extensively with over 50 athletes in preparation for the 2012 Olympic Games, where the team won 29 medals. He has served as head team physician at both Division I and Division II colleges. Todd has extensive training through the Titleist Performance Institute in the biomechanics of the golf swing, golf fitness and health care related to the golfer, and is the co-creator of Prescription Golf & Fitness™. He sees patients daily and is committed to increasing the public’s awareness of concussions. Dr. Todd Arnold is a board certified sports medicine specialist. He is currently licensed to practice medicine in Indiana. He received training at the Indiana University School of Medicine, Poudre Valley Hospital, and the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine.
In this Chapter, Dr. Arnold discusses a case of an 18-year-old hockey player that has a borderline or hard presentation of a concussion. Dr. Arnold discusses the considerations of when to return an athlete to play, versus keep them on the sideline for concussion.
In this case study, the learner will be presented with case information and questions to assess their understanding of concussion. The case presents an athlete with a frontal concussion. The learner will be prompted to answer questions specific to the case study.
In some cases, a concussion takes longer to resolve itself than the typical recovery periods. In this case, the learner will be asked to identify when imaging and referrals are appropriate and what considerations should be including in a chronic concussion that may differ from your typical recovery.
In this case, the learner will challenge their knowledge of a concussion with vestibular-ocular symptoms. The case covers the vestibular ocular motor screening (VOMS) test and discusses the patient's findings.
To further your practice of concussion, we recommend you look through the following study materials. These materials provide the answers to the advanced case questions.