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Concussion Symptoms and Evaluation

presented by Matthew Dodson, OTD, OTR/L

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Financial: Mathew Dodson receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Non-Financial: Mathew Dodson has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Recent media coverage of injuries from professional sports and combat in Afghanistan and Iraq has heightened the public's awareness of concussion. Rehabilitation practice has responded accordingly, developing evidence-based practices in acute symptom management for sideline and battlefield settings. This course identifies common physical, cognitive, and psychological clusters of symptoms seen in chronic concussion. It also explores how variable these symptom presentations can be, both between patients and over time. Guidance on how to address common interdisciplinary evaluation challenges is provided, including negotiating invalid testing results and addressing ecological validity concerns present in traditional evaluation approaches.

Meet Your Instructor

Matthew Dodson, OTD, OTR/L

Dr. Matthew Dodson is an occupational therapist and an expert in evaluating objective and functional deficits from MTBI/concussion and other forms of mild brain injury in both civilian and military populations. With extensive experience at patient, supervisory, and policy levels, he specializes in designing multidisciplinary clinical assessment and intervention programming for mild brain injury. Leveraging…

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1. Concussion Symptoms

In the first chapter of this course, Dr. Matthew Dodson discusses traditional symptoms resulting from concussion. Participants will review the variability in concussion symptoms and analyze the variations of recovery curves in concussion.

2. Challenges in Concussion Evaluation

Chapter 2 discusses the challenges associated with evaluating concussion through traditional clinical approaches. Participants will review ecological validity and invalid testing and the role they play in evaluating concussion.

3. Comorbidity Complications

In Chapter 3, participants will learn the differences between Concussion and “Complex Concussion.” They will learn to analyze the potential for amplification or multiplication of symptoms in the “Complex Concussion” patient and review common comorbidities seen alongside concussion.

4. Complex Concussions and Cognition

In the final chapter of this course, Dr. Matthew Dodson discusses the importance of cognitive symptom self-report in the concussion patient. He compares and contrasts common cognitive deficit presentation in concussion and complex concussion. He also reviews the similarities and differences of cognitive symptom response to rehabilitation in both concussion and complex concussion.

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