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  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
Hours: 4 Contact Hours
Author(s): Lisa Brown, PT, DPT Neurologic Clinical Specialist
Peer Reviewer(s): Bara Alsalaheen, PhD, PT
Item#: Q3519
Contents: 1 Course Book (80 pages)
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Concussion Management: A Comprehensive Evidence-Based Approach for the Physical Therapist

Price $39.95
Item # Q3519
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Release Date: September 19, 2017

Expiration Date: September 19, 2020

This intermediate course is designed for practicing physical therapists and physical therapist assistants who work with individuals with acute and chronic concussion. This course will be most beneficial for the clinician who has a basic knowledge of concussion and concussion management, but has not recently reviewed the current literature in concussion care that includes the significant changes in the classification of concussion and the approach to diagnosis that considers the complexity of concussion and the need for individualized patient centered care. Gaps in knowledge that have been identified in physical therapy practice include the role of neuroimaging in concussion, the understanding of current guidelines and definitions of concussion, how to identify and design interventions based on individual examination results, and the prescription of individualized graded return to activity and sport. This course will provide a more comprehensive evidenced based understanding of the complex nature of concussion including the pathophysiology of concussion, physiologic, cervicogenic, and vestibulo-ocular dysfunction that may result, the current suggested classification methods, an understanding of the shift in recommended timelines for rest and return to activity, and the tools necessary for evidenced based examination and treatment. 

California PTs & PTAs - Approved by the Physical Therapy Board of California through Net Education Design, Inc., an agency recognized by the board to approved courses that meet Physical Therapy Regulations 1399.96.

Texas PTs & PTAs - This activity is provided by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners Accredited Provider #1911021TX and meets continuing competence requirements for PT & PTA license renewal in Texas.

Ohio PTs & PTAs - Approval #18S7385 (6/1/18 to 6/1/19)

Florida & Indiana PTs & PTAs – PT boards in your state accept this course based on pre-approval by the Ohio PT Association.

New Jersey PTs & PTAs - Approval #1808-96 (2/1/18 - 1/31/20)

Course Objectives

  • Discuss the history, epidemiology, and diagnostic tests related to concussion.
  • Discuss the pathophysiology, potential long-term consequences, and common signs and symptoms of concussion.
  • Describe the role of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Explain key components of the physical therapy examination, including the appropriate tests and measures and how the findings impact prognosis.
  • Design appropriate patient-centered interventions to address the key concussion symptoms and activity limitations.
  • Discuss concussion prevention strategies and initiatives.


Lisa Brown, PT, DPT, Neurologic Clinical Specialist, is a clinical assistant professor at the Boston University College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College. Dr. Brown is a primary instructor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program, providing instruction on a variety of topics including the examination and treatment of concussion, traumatic brain Injury and vestibular disorders. Dr. Brown currently practices at the Boston University Physical Therapy Center Concussion program. She received her bachelor of science degree in physical therapy from the University of Vermont, and her transitional DPT and Certificate of Advanced Study in neurology from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions. Dr. Brown was part of the team that developed the “Expanding Neurologic Expertise: Introduction to Vestibular Rehabilitation” course offered by the Neurology Section of the APTA, is currently on the team developing the Clinical Practice Guidelines for Orthotic and Prosthetic Prescription, and was part of the critical appraisal team for “Vestibular Rehabilitation for Peripheral Hypofunction: An Evidenced Based Clinical Practice Guideline.”


Bara Alsalaheen, PhD, PT, is a practicing physical therapist and an assistant professor of physical therapy at the University of Michigan-Flint and the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Dr. Alsalaheen has been involved in clinical and research efforts involving patients with concussion since 2007. His focus is on improving the care for athletes through identifying and treating patients with persistent symptoms after concussion. Dr. Alsalaheen’s interests are in vestibular, manual, and exertional physical therapy interventions to improve the recovery of athletes after concussion.

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that the course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.