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Evaluating and Treating Concussions in the Adolescent Athlete

presented by Alexa Martinez, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS

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Financial: Alexa Martinez receives compensation from MedBridge for the production of this course. She has no other relevant financial relationships.

Nonfinancial: Alexa Martinez has no competing nonfinancial 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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Video Runtime: 44 Minutes, Learning Assessments: 24 Minutes

This course will address specific examination tools, treatment interventions, and return-to-play considerations for the adolescent athlete sustaining a sports-related concussion. The multifactorial domains of concussion rehabilitation will be addressed for each section of rehabilitation to include cervical musculoskeletal system, vestibulo-oculomotor function, autonomic dysfunction/exertional tolerance, and motor function. The general physical therapy practitioner lacks experience in treating a sports-related concussion in the adolescent athlete due to lack of patient volume in the clinic and decreased course accessibility. This course will help to bridge the gap and provide the viewer with baseline knowledge in examining, treating, and returning to sport the adolescent athlete who sustained a sports-related concussion.

Meet Your Instructor

Alexa Martinez, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS

Alexa Martinez is a physical therapist at Nicklaus Children's Hospital in Miami, Florida. She is a board-certified clinical specialist in sports physical therapy and a certified strength and conditioning specialist. She earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Miami in 2017 and completed a sports physical therapy residency at Cincinnati Children's…

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1. Concussion Introduction and Cervical Musculoskeletal System

This chapter will introduce the viewer to sports-related concussions in the adolescent athlete and review common concussion symptoms. Additionally, this chapter will cover how the cervical musculoskeletal system plays a role in concussion rehabilitation and address specific examination tools, treatment strategies, and return-to-play considerations.

2. Vestibular/Oculomotor Function

This chapter will cover how the vestibular and oculomotor systems play a role in concussion rehabilitation and address specific examination tools, treatment strategies, and return-to-play considerations for the adolescent athlete rehabilitating from a sports-related concussion.

3. Autonomic Dysfunction and Exertional Tolerance

This chapter will cover how exertional tolerance and autonomic dysfunction play a role in concussion rehabilitation and address specific examination tools, treatment strategies, and return-to-play considerations for the adolescent athlete rehabilitating from a sports-related concussion.

4. Motor Function

This chapter will cover how motor function plays a role in concussion rehabilitation and address specific examination tools, treatment strategies, and return-to-play considerations for the adolescent athlete rehabilitating from a sports-related concussion.

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