Dual Tasking to Optimize Performance for the Tactical Athlete
Section: Federal PT Section
Session Code: FD-1B-6597
Date: Thursday, January 24, 2019
Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Marriott Marquis
Room: Marquis Salon 12, 13

Speaker(s):   Selena Bobula, PT, DPT, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic and Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
  Jami Skarda, SLP, MS
  Alicia Souvignier, PT, DPT, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy

Session Type: Educational Sessions
Session Level: Intermediate

This session will describe the Department of Defense's Intrepid Spirit (IS) model for the care of service members with symptoms of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and comorbidities, and its application involving the interdisciplinary management of the high-level functioning tactical athlete. TBI and concussion are common injuries among service members and athletes. As more research is completed on concussion, consequences of this injury have become better understood, but much is still left unknown”including optimal treatment for high-performance tactical athletes and service members. In this session, the speakers will discuss the interdisciplinary treatment for high-level performance needs with emphasis on utilization of dual tasking. Attendees will learn about the IS mission and programs available through the Warrior Recovery Center at Fort Carson, including the specialized cotreatments between speech-language pathology and physical therapy to push high-level patients to a higher standard. These interventions include aggressive dual-task demands with balance, exertional, and endurance tasks combined with challenges of working memory, delayed recall, visual tracking, language fluency, visual reasoning, and executive functions in English and the service member's secondary language. Case examples will be provided to offer example interventions, as well as improvements throughout treatment for service members who participated in this advanced intervention.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

1. Analyze cognitive and physical challenges following concussion and traumatic brain injury.

2. Analyze functional physical and cognitive domains to incorporate into treatment.

3. Analyze the outcomes of dual tasking within this case report.

4. Apply dual-tasking treatment techniques with high-performance tactical athletes and service members.

CEU: 0.2

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