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Concussion: The Not-So-Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

Includes a Live Web Event on 07/18/2024 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

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    • Non-Member - $149
    • PT Member - $109
    • PTA Member - $109
    • Student - $109
    • Post-Professional Student - $109

This course is one out of six course offerings in the Brain Injury Certificate Series.

This 2-hour module will deliver the core current concepts of the concussive injury for the direct-access Physical Therapist. We will review concussion phenotypes, key aspects of evaluation, intervention, and referral processes throughout the collaboration of the interdisciplinary rehabilitation team.

Learning Objectives:

Introduction to Concussion:

  • Identify the historical landmarks of the Concussive Injury.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the historical and present-day medico-legal hindrance: “It’s all in your head” and its impact on patient outcomes.
  • Identify common signs and symptoms of concussion in patients utilizing an evidence informed screening tool.
  • Validate the patient’s symptom profile utilizing a comprehensive and targeted physical examination.
  • Translate the examination objectives into targeted interventions based on concussion phenotype.
  • Describe the Rehabilitative Team and Physical Therapy’s Leadership Role in Concussion Rehabilitation.

Jessica Schwartz


Jessica Schwartz is an award-winning orthopedic residency-trained Doctor of Physical Therapy, a national spokeswoman for the American Physical Therapy Association, founder of Concussion Corner Academy®, host of the Concussion Corner Podcast®, and a persistent post-concussion symptom survivor, advocate, and concussion educator.

After spending a full year in rehabilitation and experiencing the profound dichotomy of being both doctor and patient, Dr. Schwartz identified gaps in concussion treatment and management in the global healthcare community. Her role has been to identify cognitive blind spots for healthcare providers focusing on comprehensive targeted physical examinations, rehabilitative teams, and concussion care management.

Her vision is to facilitate collective competence across the healthcare continuum to better identify, treat, and care for the concussion patient of today while putting the "care back into healthcare" for this underserved patient population.

Dr. Schwartz hopes that by educating each other about the multi-system nature of these injuries and the scopes of practices of the multidisciplinary providers that have access to and have the ability to care for this cohort of patients, she will be able to facilitate a better patient-clinician encounter.

By speaking candidly about her experience with living with persistent post-concussion symptoms for over a decade, she hopes to facilitate learning from provider to provider, patient to provider, and caregiver to provider, honing in on the power of storytelling and collegial communication from a place of candor, evidence, and enthusiasm.

Course Instructions

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  2. Click the Take Quiz button to complete the assessment. Learners will have 3 attempts to pass and must answer at least 70% of questions correctly.
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Concussion: The Not-So-Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
07/18/2024 at 2:00 PM (EDT)  |  120 minutes
07/18/2024 at 2:00 PM (EDT)  |  120 minutes
15 Questions  |  3 attempts  |  10/15 points to pass
15 Questions  |  3 attempts  |  10/15 points to pass
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CEU Certificate
Up to 0.20 contact hours available  |  Certificate available
Up to 0.20 contact hours available  |  Certificate available