Course objectives emphasize the continuum of care from pre-injury baseline testing using the comprehensive R2P Screen™ through acute on-field assessment, and symptom management, to sport-specific return to play protocols in the context of the most recent literature. Emergency head and facial injuries not to be missed following head trauma will also be discussed. Additionally, participants will gain an understanding of how to prescribe rest, and the impact of concussion on academic performance at school and in the workplace. Return-to-Learn strategies will be discussed and applied to various case studies. Short- and long-term implication of mild traumatic brain injury will be discussed, including chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Interactive learning is emphasized through hand-on practice and case studies.
8:30 Pathophysiology of concussion; risk factors for prolonged recovery; R2P Screen™: beyond basic baseline testing; incorporating orthopaedic assessments, ocular motor, balance tests, and medical history for a comprehensive assessment of baseline scores; ImPACT neurocognitive testing.
9:30 Acute on-field assessment; SCAT3; Second Impact Syndrome; associated traumatic head and facial injuries not to miss.
11:00 Validated sideline assessment tools King-Devick Test and Sway Balance app; Vestibular/Ocular Motor Screening Assessment.
1:00 Return to Learn strategies; discussion of step-wise progression to reintroduce cognitive load; recommendations for parents and educators.
2:00 Return to Play guidelines; case studies developing individual exercise progressions based on multidimensional impairment specific principles; sport specific examples will be used to develop skill training specific to an athlete’s sport.
3:30 Sport-specific concussion risk; short-term and long-term risks of mild traumatic brain injuries including CTE; when to retire from competition.
4:00 Discussion and case studies.