Concussion Evaluation Course

Concussion Evaluation Course

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    Online Course

    Course components are delivered online:
    • Mini e-book consisting of chapters from Handbook of Neurological Sports Medicine
    • Continuing education exam
    Course Objectives
    Upon successful completion of this course, participants will have a foundational knowledge that can be used to make clinical decisions to give their patients the best treatment possible. Participants will be able to make recommendations for return-to-play with the athletes’ safety in mind. Participants will also gain an understanding of postconcussion syndrome, subconcussion, and second-impact syndrome.

    Postconcussive Issues Online CE Course provides detailed coverage of postconcussion syndrome, subconcussion, second-impact syndrome, and the subacute and chronic sequelae of sport-related brain injuries. Readers will learn how to recognize and handle clients with these conditions. Authored by a respected team of neurosurgeons, including highly regarded concussion researcher Julian Bailes, this course equips practitioners with evidence-based knowledge of the effects of concussions and severe brain injuries. The course concludes with a continuing education exam based on the required reading.

    The evaluation and management of sport-related neurological injuries have matured at an unprecedented rate, especially due to the risk involved with concussions and the frequency in which they occur. Postconcussive Issues Online CE Course is a critical resource for all who encounter and treat concussions by providing the evidence-based knowledge for the clinical decisions that all athletic medical practitioners must make to give their patients the best treatment possible.

    The required reading, Postconcussive Issues, is an abridged version of the comprehensive text Handbook of Neurological Sports Medicine (Human Kinetics, 2014).

    Table of Contents

    Chapter 9. Postconcussion Syndrome
    What’s in a Definition
    Scope of the Problem
    A Neuroanatomical Substrate for Prolonged Symptoms
    Psychogenesis of PCS and PPCS
    A Modern Conceptual Framework for PCS and PPCS
    Concluding Thoughts
    References

    Chapter 10. Neuropathology of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy
    Definition of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy
    Posttraumatic Encephalopathy Versus Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy
    Gross Morphology and Histomorphology of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy
    Concluding Thoughts
    References

    Chapter 11. The Emerging Role of Subconcussion
    A Working Definition
    Laboratory Evidence of Subconcussive Effects
    Clinical Evidence of Subconcussion
    Concluding Thoughts
    References

    Chapter 12. Severe Head Injury and Second Impact Syndrome
    Cerebral Contusions and Intraparenchymal
    Hemorrhage Traumatic Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
    Subdural Hematoma
    Skull Fractures
    Epidural Hematoma
    Diffuse Axonal Injury
    Arterial Dissection and Stroke
    Fatalities
    Other Posttraumatic Sequelae
    Second Impact Syndrome
    Concluding Thoughts
    References

    Audience

    A continuing education course for athletic trainers, physical therapists, emergency medical technicians, and physicians.

    About the Author

    Anthony L. Petraglia, MD, graduated from the University of Chicago in 2002 with a BA in neuroscience and earned his medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in 2007. He completed his residency in neurological surgery at the University of Rochester Medical Center in 2014. Petraglia was the first neurosurgery resident to complete a neurological sports medicine fellowship and is currently an attending neurosurgeon at Unity Health System in Rochester, New York, where he is also the director of the concussion program.

    Petraglia has presented nationally and internationally on neurological sports medicine, has published numerous manuscripts and book chapters on various aspects of neurological surgery, and performs editorial duties for several medical journals. His membership in professional organizations includes the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), and he has served as an assistant to the Sports Medicine Section of the AANS/CNS. He has worked as a physician with several collegiate and high school football teams, as a neurosurgical consultant for the Webster Youth Sports Council, and as a medical director for cyclocross racing.

    Julian E. Bailes, Jr., MD, earned a BS from Louisiana State University in 1978 and his MD from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans in 1982. He completed a general surgery internship at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in 1983 and a neurological surgery residency at Northwestern University in Chicago in 1987 as well as a fellowship in cerebrovascular surgery at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix.

    Bailes was director of cerebrovascular surgery at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh from 1988 until 1997 and later at Celebration Health Hospital in Orlando, where he also was the director of emergency medical services at both the city and county levels. In 2000, Bailes assumed the position of professor and chair in the department of neurosurgery at West Virginia University School of Medicine in Morgantown. He most recently assumed the position of chair of the department of neurosurgery at NorthShore University Health System in Chicago and is co-director of the Neurological Institute.

    Bailes is a past chair of the Sports Medicine Section for the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. He has more than 100 publications concerning various aspects of neurological surgery, including three books on neurological sports medicine, and performs editorial duties for numerous medical journals. He is an internationally recognized expert on neurological athletic injuries and has been a team physician at either the National Football League (NFL) or collegiate level for more than 20 years. Since 1992, he has been the neurological consultant to the NFL Players’ Association (NFLPA), which has sponsored his research on the effects of head injuries on professional athletes. He is the director of the NFLPA’s Second Opinion Network. He is the medical director of the Center for Study of Retired Athletes, which is affiliated with the NFLPA and the University of North Carolina, and is the medical director of Pop Warner Football, the nation’s largest youth football association.

    Arthur L. Day, MD, graduated from Louisiana State University Medical School in 1972.

    He completed his surgical internship in Birmingham, Alabama, and subsequently completed his residency in neurological surgery and fellowship in brain tumor immunology at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville, Florida.

    Day practiced at the University of Florida for 25 years, ultimately rising to the positions of professor, co-chair, and program director of the department of neurological surgery at the University of Florida. In 2002, he moved to Boston to assume a position as a professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School with a clinical practice at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. While there, he served as the associate chair and residency program director of the department of neurological surgery at Brigham and Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Boston. Subsequently, he was the chair of the department and also the director of the Cerebrovascular Center and the Neurologic Sports Injury Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He co-founded and directed an annual meeting at Fenway Park addressing the latest knowledge and treatments of athletic-related neurological injuries. He currently is professor, vice chair, residency program director, and director of clinical education in the department of neurosurgery at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston.

    Day has held leadership positions in many medical professional societies and has received numerous awards and honors. He has published almost 170 journal articles and book chapters and has co-edited a book about neurological sports injuries. He is an internationally recognized expert in neurological sports medicine. For the past 30 years, he has served as a consulting physician for multiple NCAA and National Football League (NFL) teams.

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