R2P Management of Acute Concussion

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Course Outline


8:30 Pathophysiology & Biomechanics

Evidence of pathophysiology in the acute stage of concussion.  How much force does it take to cause a concussion?   What’s the evidence behind subconcussive blows? 


9:00 Recovery & Risk Factors

What is a normal recovery timeline in adults and children?  What is the risk of second impact syndrome?  What are the risk factors for prolonged recovery? 


9:30 Assessment of Acute Concussion

Recommendations from the most recent international consensus statement and national guidelines.  Diagnostic criteria for concussion.  Associated head and facial injuries not to miss.  What are essential tools for sideline screening?  Algorithms for timing of care and appropriate referrals.


11:00 Management of Acute Concussion

Evidence-based prescription of cognitive and physical rest.  Essentials of patient education.


12:00 Lunch


1:00 Return-to-Learn/Work strategies

Principles behind step-wise reintroduction of cognitive load. Recommendations for parents and educators.


1:30 Return-to-Play protocol

Develop a graded exercise protocol to return an athlete to their specific sport.  How do you define clinical recovery?


2:30 Baseline testing

ImPACT: exploring the evidence behind and recommendations for computerized neurocognitive  baseline testing.  R2P SCREEN™ pre-season medical history taking.


3:00 Prevention

Can concussions be prevented?  What are really the risks of CTE?  When should an athlete retire from sport?


4:00 Putting it all together

Consolidate learning through discussion and case studies.


This course has been accredited by CATA for 3.2 CEU credits.

This course has been accredited by ACAC for 7 CE hours.


This course is recommended for Physiotherapists, Athletic Therapists, Physicians, Chiropractors, Occupational Therapists, Massage Therapists, and Kinesiologists.