This course will present an interdisciplinary approach to recognition and management of concussion also referred to as a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). Indications and timing of referral to appropriate specialists will be discussed. Clinical management will focus on the physical therapy component of examination and treatment of individuals who have had a concussion/mTBI.
1. Discuss the scope of concussion/mTBI and its presentations.
2. Describe cognitive testing and the role of other team members.
3. Recognize and differentiate symptom profiles.
4. Apply knowledge of cervical complaints and treatment.
5. Apply knowledge of dizziness identification and treatment.
6. Demonstrate a physical therapy examination and interventions for signs and symptoms related to mTBI
Wendy Kriekels, PT, DPT, NCS
Wendy received her Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Minnesota, in Minneapolis, in 1991. As a new graduate, she worked on a Traumatic Brain Injury team in an outpatient rehabilitation center in New Mexico. She also treated individuals with other neurologic conditions and sought additional education in balance and vestibular disorders. After 6 years, she became a traveling physical therapist and worked in a variety of states and settings, including acute care hospitals, a pediatric outpatient clinic, home health care, the public school system and skilled nursing facilities. Wendy relocated to Denver in 2000 and worked at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center for 7 years in acute and intensive care. Wendy earned her certification as a Neurologic Clinical Specialist in 2002 from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and began to teach in the Physical Therapy Program at the University of Colorado in 2003. Wendy went on to complete her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2009 at the University of Colorado and became full time core faculty. She currently practices at the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) Stapleton clinic, treating individuals with a wide variety of neurologic conditions and balance disorders. Wendy is also active in the Neurology Section of the American Physical Therapy Association, serving as Co-Chair of the Regional Programming Education Committee for the past 2 years.
David A. James, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, CSCS
David is a Colorado native that completed his Bachelor’s degrees in Integrative Physiology and Psychology at the University of Colorado, Boulder and his Doctorate in Physical Therapy at the University of Colorado. He is dual board-certified in Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy and is also Certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He has extensive experience working with athletes of all ages, recreational to professional. He has specifically worked with pediatric and adolescent athletes. He is passionate about injury prevention, injury risk screening and return to sport assessment. In addition to his clinical work, David is on faculty with the University of Colorado Physical Therapy Program. He enjoys teaching courses and presenting lectures locally, regionally and nationally.
Michael R. Greher, Ph.D., ABPP-CN
Dr. Greher is a board certified neuropsychologist and an Associate Professor in Neurosurgery. In 2011, he co-founded the neuropsychology program at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He conducts neuropsychological evaluations at the University of Colorado Hospital Neuropsychology Clinic, the busiest adult neuropsychology service in the State of Colorado. Dr. Greher has a particular interest in concussion and is the Program Director for the new UCH Concussion Program. In addition, Dr. Gerher is the Director of Neuropsychology Training in the Dept. of Neurosurgery, and is actively involved in training neuropsychology at the practicum, internship and fellowship level. He is also involved in several ongoing neuropsychology-related research projects, such as those involving brain tumor, dementia, and bioengineering for individuals with cognitive disability.
Katherine S. Dahab, MD, CAQSM, FAAP
Dr. Dahab is board certified in Pediatrics and Sports Medicine and is an Assistant Professor of Orthopedics at the University of Colorado/Children's Hospital Colorado. She completed her medical school and pediatrics residency at Johns Hopkins and her fellowship in Sports Medicine at the University of Wisconsin before beginning her career in Colorado. As a pediatric sports medicine physician, she cares for athletes on the sidelines and in clinic, seeing a variety of injuries from concussions to fractures. She is also the Medical Director for 3d lacrosse, an international club lacrosse organization headquartered in Denver. In addition, she is the fellowship director for the Pediatric Sports Medicine Fellowship at Children's Hospital Colorado.6
Future and Current Physical Therapists, Physical Therapy Assistants, Medical Professionals and Medical Professional Students
Intermediate Instructional Level8
Complete attendance and competency quiz at end.