Concussion Management: A Comprehensive Evidence-Based Approach for the Physical Therapist

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Veronica T. Rowe, PhD, OTR/L, Certified Brain Injury Specialist Trainer, has been an occupational therapist for 21 years and a certified brain injury specialist trainer for 7 years. She has taught specialized practice courses on brain injury for 6 years. Prior to her academic appointment at the University of Central Arkansas as an assistant professor of Occupational Therapy, she practiced as an occupational therapist in a variety of settings, with a focus mainly in neurorehabilitation. Dr. Rowe was also employed at the Shepherd Center Acquired Brain Injury unit and worked on a neurorehabilitation research team at Emory University from 2003-2008. She has conducted research on various aspects of neurorehabilitation including numerous
presentations and publications. 

Peer reviewer: Jessica Harney, DPT, is the Entry-Level Program Director and Senior Lecturer for the Department of Occupational Therapy at Tufts. Dr. Harney received a bachelor of science degree in Occupational Therapy from Boston University and earned a Doctor in Physical Therapy degree from the MGH-Institute of Health Professions. She is a National Board Certified Occupational and Physical Therapist. Dr. Harney has experience in evaluating and treating patients in a variety of settings, including acute inpatient and outpatient settings. She has a strong interest in orthopedics and sports medicine for young athletes.
Dr. Harney also has a vast amount of experience in hospital administration, having managed and directed a rehabilitation department. Carrying forth her passion for community outreach, Dr. Harney has experience in developing and implementing health promotion programs for children, young athletes, and adults. Her programs have focused on exercise and nutrition for children, strength and conditioning for young athletes, concussion education, and exercise programs to reduce low back pain in the
adult population. Dr. Harney is an International Alpine Skiing Medical Classifier for the International Paralympic Committee, a member of the National Medical Team for Disabled Sports USA, and President of New England Disabled Sports.

Occupational Therapy Planner: Elizabeth D. DeIuliis, OTD, MOT, OTR/L
The contributors to this course have no conflicts of interest relative to its content.


Learning Objectives
  • Discuss the history, epidemiology, and diagnostic tests related to concussion.
  • Discuss the pathophysiology, potential long-term consequences, and common signs and symptoms of concussion.
  • Describe the role of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Explain key components of the physical therapy examination, including the appropriate tests and measures and how the findings impact prognosis.
  • Design appropriate patient-centered interventions to address the key concussion symptoms and activity limitations.
  • Discuss concussion prevention strategies and initiatives.
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Concussion Management: A Comprehensive Evidence-Based Approach for the Physical Therapist

32.00
About the Author


Veronica T. Rowe, PhD, OTR/L, Certified Brain Injury Specialist Trainer, has been an occupational therapist for 21 years and a certified brain injury specialist trainer for 7 years. She has taught specialized practice courses on brain injury for 6 years. Prior to her academic appointment at the University of Central Arkansas as an assistant professor of Occupational Therapy, she practiced as an occupational therapist in a variety of settings, with a focus mainly in neurorehabilitation. Dr. Rowe was also employed at the Shepherd Center Acquired Brain Injury unit and worked on a neurorehabilitation research team at Emory University from 2003-2008. She has conducted research on various aspects of neurorehabilitation including numerous
presentations and publications. 

Peer reviewer: Jessica Harney, DPT, is the Entry-Level Program Director and Senior Lecturer for the Department of Occupational Therapy at Tufts. Dr. Harney received a bachelor of science degree in Occupational Therapy from Boston University and earned a Doctor in Physical Therapy degree from the MGH-Institute of Health Professions. She is a National Board Certified Occupational and Physical Therapist. Dr. Harney has experience in evaluating and treating patients in a variety of settings, including acute inpatient and outpatient settings. She has a strong interest in orthopedics and sports medicine for young athletes.
Dr. Harney also has a vast amount of experience in hospital administration, having managed and directed a rehabilitation department. Carrying forth her passion for community outreach, Dr. Harney has experience in developing and implementing health promotion programs for children, young athletes, and adults. Her programs have focused on exercise and nutrition for children, strength and conditioning for young athletes, concussion education, and exercise programs to reduce low back pain in the
adult population. Dr. Harney is an International Alpine Skiing Medical Classifier for the International Paralympic Committee, a member of the National Medical Team for Disabled Sports USA, and President of New England Disabled Sports.

Occupational Therapy Planner: Elizabeth D. DeIuliis, OTD, MOT, OTR/L
The contributors to this course have no conflicts of interest relative to its content.


Learning Objectives
  • Discuss the history, epidemiology, and diagnostic tests related to concussion.
  • Discuss the pathophysiology, potential long-term consequences, and common signs and symptoms of concussion.
  • Describe the role of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Explain key components of the physical therapy examination, including the appropriate tests and measures and how the findings impact prognosis.
  • Design appropriate patient-centered interventions to address the key concussion symptoms and activity limitations.
  • Discuss concussion prevention strategies and initiatives.