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Online: PT10: Concussion and Postconcussive Syndrome: When to Rest, Exercise, or Return to Sport
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Presenter: Kevin Guskiewicz, PhD, ATC

Fee: $54 Member | $90 Nonmember (fee subject to change)
CEU: 0.3 CEUs (3.0 contact hours/CCUs) will be awarded upon successful completion of a multiple choice test. You must complete the online posttest with at least 70% accuracy in order to claim CEU credit.
Course Level: Intermediate
Publication Date: August 2010


Overview | Objectives | Presenters Bios | CEU Information | System Requirements



Bridging the gap between research and clinical practice is the key to reducing the incidence and severity of sport-related concussion and improving return-to-play decisions. This presentation will provide valuable information and recommendations for medical professionals caring for athletes at the youth, high school, collegiate, and elite levels. This presentation will share current practice recommendations for management of concussion for injured athletes. Timing of resumption of activity and strategies to challenge balance and cognitive functions will be reviewed.

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After completing this module, you should be able to:
  • Recognize both the obvious signs (fluctuating levels of consciousness, balance problems, memory and concentration difficulties, etc) and common self-reported symptoms (headache, ringing in the ears, nausea, etc).
  • Describe deteriorating signs and symptoms that may indicate a more serious head injury.
  • Describe appropriate documentation of all pertinent information surrounding the concussive injury.
  • Outline strategies to implement baseline cognitive and postural-stability testing.
  • Summarize approaches to conducting serial assessments of the injured athlete, noting the presence or absence of signs and symptoms of injury.
  • Describe key factors important for predicting outcome, and managing complicated cases of post-concussion syndrome.
  • Outline necessary steps to make return to play decisions following a graduated exertional testing program.
  • Highlight the importance of counseling the concussed athlete on risk for future injury and potential neurodegenerative changes following multiple concussions.

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Presenter's Bio

Kevin Guskiewicz
is the Kenan Distinguished Professor and Director of the Center for the Study of Retired Athletes in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also serves as the Chair of Exercise and Sport Science and holds joint appointments in the Department of Orthopaedics, UNC Injury Prevention Research Center, and Doctoral Program in Human Movement Science. Over the past 17 years, Kevin’s researched has focused on sport-related concussion. He has investigated the effect of sport-related concussion on postural stability and neuropsychological function, and the long-term neurological and musculoskeletal issues related to playing sport. Kevin has been the recipient of 20 funded research grants, and has published over 75 journal articles and five textbook chapters related to concussion in sport. He was awarded Fellowship in the American College of Sports Medicine in 2003, the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education in 2006, and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association in 2008.

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CEU Information

On successful completion of the examination, 0.3 CEUs (3.0 contact hours/CCUs) and a certificate of completion will be awarded. The American Physical Therapy Association has been approved as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), 1760 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500, McLean, VA 22102. Provider (#380).

Many state agencies recognize APTA as a recognized or approved provider for continuing education. The following state agencies have granted prior approval for this continuing education offering:

  • California Physical Therapy Association: CPTA2014-2015
  • Nevada Board of Physical Therapy Examiners: 0.3 Units
  • Ohio State Board of Physical Therapy: Not currently approved
  • Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure & Supervision: 3 Category B Hours
  • Pennsylvania: Approved
  • Texas Physical Therapy Association: 1609016TX

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System Requirements
Online Course: This course consists of a narrated PowerPoint® presentation, MP3 audio file and a posttest. Now, you can also listen to the recorded live session on your computer or download the audio clips to your MP3 player. Computer System Requirements.

Recommended Internet Connection:  The PT2010 courses are presented using streaming video technology.  We recommend users have at least a high-speed cable or DSL connection.  Dial up modems and/or Satellite Internet connections are not recommended.

Please click one of the demo links below to see if you are able to view the content prior to purchasing this course.

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$90.00 $54.00