2nd Annual Conference on Post Concussive Syndrome

Post Concussive Syndrome Interprofessional Symposium

Thursday & Friday, November 1 & 2, 2018

The fifth international consensus statement on concussion in sport injuries defined concussion as ‘[a subset of mild] traumatic brain injury induced by a blow, jolt, or other biomechanical force to the head.” 1  Post Concussive Syndrome (PCS) is a specific set of neuropsychological disorders that are caused by the traumatic brain injury. Concussion results in a range of clinical signs and symptoms that may or may not involve loss of consciousness, but may impact cognitive, behavioral, and emotional functioning, as well as result in headaches, dizziness, impaired memory and attention, fatigue, mood swings, and other deficits that potentially can impair the individual’s functioning at work and school, and other life roles. 2 

Estimates indicate that more than 1 million children in the US sustain a TBI annually and that TBI accounts for more than 250, 000 pediatric hospital admissions, as well as more than 10% of all visits to emergency service settings.3 Moreover, between four and 20 percent of college and high school football players will sustain a brain injury over the course of one season. The risk of concussion in football is three to six times higher in players who have had a previous concussion.4 Despite the increased prevalence of PCS, practice gaps exist in diagnosing and recognizing PCS, as well as in our understanding of the long term sequelae of the initial injury and repeated concussions. Physicians and other health professionals need information on the strategies and performance-in-practice to promote optimal care in evaluating and managing children, adolescents, and adults with PCS. 

This two day course will provide comprehensive information on post-concussive syndrome and is intended for multi-specialty physicians and other interprofessional health science clinicians. The conference will open on the afternoon of Nov.1 with an overview of the disorder, including the pathophysiology of concussion and a discussion of the role of neuroimaging in the evaluation of PCS. Given the strong prevalence of traumatic brain injuries in children and teens, concussion in the pediatric population will be extensively discussed. The first day will conclude with a keynote address to be presented by Christopher Nowinski, PhD focusing on the patient experience of post-concussion syndrome, as well as cutting-edge research on biomarkers.

The second day will open on the morning of Nov. 2 with a presentation further delving into behavior, but also more globally discussing neuropsychological evaluation and treatment in understanding the impact of the injury on cognitive processes and psychosocial functioning. In-depth discussion of other topics include post traumatic headaches, neuropharmacology, medical evaluation, management of vestibular issues and vestibular therapy. Life planning concerns, including legal and disability issues and return to work will be covered. Vision will be a salient area of focus, including neuro-optometry and vision therapy. An evening workshop on Nov. 2 for physicians and therapists will provide comprehensive information on visual ocular issues following concussion.

1 - https://bjsm.bmj.com/content/early/2018/07/26/bjsports-2017-098799

2 -.https://www.cdc.gov/headsup/basics/concussion_whatis.html;

3 - http://bjsm.bmj.com/content/38/5/516.short     

4 - https://www.aans.org/Patients/Neurosurgical-Conditions-and-Treatments/Concussion


 Vestibular and Oculomotor Examination and Interventions for Persons Post Concussion (Lecture/Lab)

Friday Evening, November 2, 2018 

The 3 hour lecture/lab session, presented by Susan L. Whitney, PDT, PhD, NCS, ATC, FAPTA, will include the rationale for treatment of the vestibular and oculomotor systems.  Examination techniques such as subjective visual vertical, skew deviation, the vestibulo-ocular motor screen, and the cover/uncover and cross cover tests will be described and practiced. Interventions will be described and practiced.  Short vinettes will be utilized to illustrate salient points.  Please Note:  The Audience for this Friday Evening Workshop is limited to PTs, OTs, PTAs, OTAs and Physicians.  Priority will be given to those who also register for the Interprofessional Symposium on Thursday and Friday.



  • Where

  • JFK Conference Center
    70 James Street
    Edison, New Jersey 08820

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