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  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
Hours: 3 Contact Hours
Author(s): Kristine Legters, PT, DSc, NCS
Peer Reviewer(s): Erin Riley, DPT, NCS
Item#: Q3508
Contents: 1 Course Book (64 pages)
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Traumatic Brain Injury: Impairments, Assessment, and Interventions, 2nd Edition

Price $29.95
Item # Q3508
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Release Date: August 8, 2016

Expiration Date: August 8, 2019

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a major cause of disability in the United States, resulting in 2.5 million individuals assessed in the emergency department annually. Individuals with resultant disabilities from TBIs require thorough and efficient interventions from physical therapists to maximize function and independence. Each individual sustaining a TBI is different in his or her clinical and functional presentation. TBI signs and symptoms vary based on many factors, some of which are the location of the brain injury, severity of the injury, circumstances surrounding the injury, patient age, and the provision of timely medical interventions. Motor, sensory, and cognitive impairments generally result from a TBI. Research supports early medical and rehabilitation intervention to achieve optimal outcomes and return individuals to their previous levels of functioning. The updates in this course provide the rehabilitation professional with current resources to assist in optimal clinical decision making for those affected by TBI.

Physical therapists may encounter clients with TBI at various stages in their lifespans and in a full range of healthcare settings. The course should be especially helpful to clinicians who do not routinely encounter this disorder. This course addresses prevalence, causes, and classifications of TBIs; motor, sensory, and cognitive impairments of body structures resulting from a TBI; TBI-specific outcome measures; specialized examination and intervention considerations; and a review of the long-term consequences that may present in a person who has sustained a TBI. Supplemental resources are also provided for physical therapy professionals who desire to further their understanding of the care of those with TBIs.


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.

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.


Course Objectives

  • Identify the prevalence and primary etiologies of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).
  • Describe the criteria used to classify TBIs.
  • Identify common impairments of body structure and function resulting from TBIs, along with appropriate assessment tools.
  • Identify common activity limitations and participation restrictions resulting from TBIs, along with appropriate assessment tools.
  • Select the most appropriate interventions for patients with TBIs.
  • Describe long-term consequences or complications of TBIs.


Kristine Legters, PT, DSc, NCS, is a physical therapist with more than 30 years of experience examining and treating patients with neurologic dysfunction, of which 12 years were in brain injury rehabilitation. Her current clinical practice is with adults with developmental disabilities in the group home setting. Dr. Legters is the chair and associate professor in the Gannon University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, where her primary teaching responsibilities are neuroscience and adult neurologic rehabilitation. She received a bachelor of science degree in physical therapy at the State University of New York Upstate Medical University, a master of science degree in health science administration at Gannon University, and a doctor of science degree in neurological physical therapy at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. She is a Neurologic Certified Specialist with the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. Dr. Legters has published and presented on a broad range of topics, including fear of falling in older adults and persons with vestibular dysfunction and post-polio syndrome.


Erin Riley, DPT, NCS, received her bachelor of science and MSPT degrees from Boston University and her doctorate in physical therapy from the MGH Institute of Health Professions. Currently a clinical assistant professor at Boston University in the Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training,
Dr. Riley maintains an inpatient rehabilitation practice at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston. She has practiced for more than 12 years with patients with various neurological conditions. Most of that time she has been working specifically with patients in the acute and post-acute rehabilitation phase after brain injury. She teaches in the content areas of clinical education and neurological rehabilitation, and is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association of Massachusetts in the neurological special interest group.

  • 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