Sports Concussions in Youth: The Role of PTs for a Surging Patient Population
Section: Sports Physical Therapy
Session Code: SP-2B-6663
Date: Friday, February 6, 2015
Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Indiana Convention Center
Room: Sagamore Ballroom 4

Speaker(s):   Jason Hugentobler, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS
  Barbara Janiszewski, PT, DPT, ATC
  Brad Kurowski, MD, MS
  Gretchen Mueller, PT, DPT
  Catherine Quatman-Yates, PT, DPT, PhD

Session Type: Educational Sessions
Session Level: Intermediate

Concussion continues to be 1 of the leading headlines and hottest topics in the world of sport from youth leagues to professional levels. This session will provide a comprehensive overview of the evolving role of physical therapists in concussion management, including assessment of potential impairments and active rehabilitation strategies for children and athletes that experience protracted recoveries. A case-based style will be used to review current evidence, provide evidence-based recommendations for evaluation and treatment approaches, and highlight the potential limitations and opportunities for physical therapists to participate as part of a multidisciplinary team in caring for young athletes that suffer concussions.

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe the advances in understanding of the epidemiology and pathophysiology of concussion and mild traumatic brain injury.
2. Explain the roles physical therapists can play as part of a multidisciplinary health care team for management of young athletes following a concussion.
3. Discuss the available evidence related to the evaluation and management of the youth athlete following concussion.
4. Identify specific strategies to evaluate and provide care for patients experiencing protracted recoveries following a concussion.

CEU: 0.2

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