Concussion Assessment & Management in an Outpatient Setting

Sport-related concussion (SRC) is a clinical diagnosis for which no single diagnostic test or biomarker has been indentified.  Complicating the clinical diagnostic picture is the fact that symptoms in concussed athletes vary quite a bit between individuals and the symptoms occur in non-concussed individuals.  A variety of approaches have been used to assess concussion with a primary focus on clusters of symptoms or clinical trajectories of cognitive symptoms, neuropsychochiatric symptoms, disturbed balance, sleep disturbances, dizziness/vertigo, visual/ocular symptoms, cervical pain, autonomic dysfunction, post-traumatic migraine and cervicogenic headaches.

This course is a two day (16 CEUs) lab course that focuses on how to appropriately assess and manage concussed athletes in an outpatient clinical environment.  This course will discuss the prevalence of SRC, risk factors for SRC, risk factors for a delayed recovery, and the neurophysiology of SCR and recovery.  Additionally, this course will discuss which domains of clinical function should be assessed and which tools/examination techniques are most appropriate.  This will lead to identifying what evidence for the utility of these assessment approaches are appropriate for your patient.  The clinical assessment of the concussed athlete will help the clinician place a patient into a clinical syndrome(s) to drive appropriate treatments and to successfully complete a return to sports process.  

You will be taught by Dr. Eric Jorde, a physical therapist with an extensive background in the management of Sports Medicine, Spinal Orthopedic Manual Therapy, Vestibular Rehabilitation and Concussion Management.  With 17 years of practice in the field, he currently specializes in the clinical rehabilitation of concussed athletes.  He uses orthopedic manual therapy, sensorimotor training and appropriated graded exposure exercise intervention to aid in the quickest medical clearance of his patients to their individual sport. His multidimensional background brings a unique and effective approach to the complex and variable nature of concussion. You don’t want to miss out on this very comprehensive and evidenced-informed clinical approach to improve your knowledge on the current state of concussion and and maximize outcomes for your athletes.