This full-day course focuses on the evidence-based practice of differential diagnosis, manual examination and treatment of patients who have and autonomic, cervicogenic, visual, or vestibular component to their symptoms post-concussion. Course readings will familiarize participants with the most recent relevant literature, allowing the emphasis to be on developing clinical competency in hands-on skills. Clinicians will be able to immediately apply acquired skills in the clinical setting.
The instructor,Jacquie van Ierssel has treated athletes at a recreational through to Olympic level as a physiotherapist for over 12 years. During over a decade of clinical and on-field experience at the University of Toronto with the concussion clinic and research staff, Jacquie has treated a high volume of concussed athletes, with a focus on return to play. Her continuum of care included facilitating neuro-psychological baseline testing, acute on-field assessment of injured athletes, management of acute and chronic symptoms, and return to play exercise progressions. Jacquie’s interest peaked after suffering several concussions herself, with progressively longer time before resolution of symptoms. She has been a clinical instructor at the University of Toronto, Department of Physical Therapy, and past chair of the Sport Physiotherapy Canada (SPC), Ontario committee which she sat on for over 12years. Jacquie is currently a PhD student in Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa.
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