2024 Fall Conference 1 day course: Concussion: Evaluation and Management for Physical Therapist

When: 9/28/2024
University of Montana, PT School

Vestibular Concussion: Evaluation and Management for Physical Therapists

Presented by Anne Mucha, PT, DPT, MS, NCS

7.5 Contact Hours, MT category A

Full Course information can be found by scrolling down below.

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Provisions include coffee/tea in the morning and lunch at the business meeting. Snacks are not served at breaks.

Accommodations and Meeting Sites:

Meeting Site: University of Montana, PT School, Skaggs Rm. tba.

  • Comfort Inn University, $179+taxes ($189 Friday night, $169 Saturday night). Call 406-549-7600; Request the Montana Physical Therapy Room Block. Or book online with this link. The group code online is VZ07Y7. DEADLINE: AUGUST 30.
  • The Holiday Inn , $279+taxes. To book online, use this link and booking code APT, or call 406-721-8550 and request the MT Physical Therapy block. DEADLINE AUGUST 26

We agree that prices are high and we'll continue to look around Missoula for better opportunities. In the meantime, there are hotels away from downtown at prices from $82-156 online. We are working on other group blocks at these hotels.

Committees and Board Meeting

September 27, 2024:
  • 6:00 - 8:00pm Board Meeting. Guests are welcome to attend, please contact the office to RSVP.

Member Business Meeting

Business meeting and elections will be held at noon on Saturday, Sept. 28 2024 at the CE site. Lunch is included for those registered for the course. Please RSVP if you are not registered (you may register online for this without paying). Please send agenda items to the office or President Emily Herndon by Sept 7, 2024. Final agenda will be posted in the members only section at www.aptamt.com by Sept 18, 2024.

Cancellation Policy

APTA MT reserves the right to refuse/cancel an event registration. If ATPA MT refuses a registration, registrants will be offered a full refund.

Registration Cancellation by Participant:
Cancellations will be accepted in writing via email or mail. A $25.00 administration fee will be withheld when cancellation occurs up to ten days prior to the start of the event; 50% refund if cancelled 2-10 days prior; 25% refund if cancelled 0-1 day prior.

  • Group Discounts: 10% Discount for 3 or more APTA Member PTs/PTAs from one clinic. Fees for all persons must be made with one payment. No exceptions. Credit will not be provided at a later date. Combining discounts (ie Lifetime AND Group) is not applicable. If you need to take advantage of this, call us for a group code to pay online, or mail in your check with participant names.
  • Student Discounts: Students may take this course at a rate discounted by 50% of the member and non-member rate, if there is space available prior to the start of the course. This course is a laboratory class with limited space, and therefore we must limit the spaces available at the student rate. If you are a student and would like to attend if we do have extra room for this course, please register for the student waitlist. APTA MT will notify you one week prior to start of the course to offer you a space in the course, if available.
  • Lifetime Member: Lifetime members may take any non-limited seating, APTA MT sponsored CE at 50% discount. Combining discounts (ie Lifetime AND Group) is not applicable. If you need to take advantage of this, call us for a group code to pay online, or mail in your check with participant names.

About the course:

Course Description:

Patients with concussion frequently experience significant symptoms and disruption to work, school, and life roles, requiring management by physical therapists. According to published research, approximately 72% of physical therapists treat individuals with concussions and provide a variety of services in the acute, sub-acute as well as chronic phases of injury. Until recently, evaluation and treatment of concussion had largely been driven by expert opinion rather than empirical evidence. However, we now have significantly more research and clinical experience to draw upon to guide clinical management. This course will review the current information related to concussion, including assessment, activity and return to sport guidelines, and treatment. A proposed framework for classification of concussion will be discussed to aid clinicians in managing this injury.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes:
  • Describe the pathophysiology, biomechanics, and epidemiology of concussion
  • Describe key risk factors associated with poorer outcome after a concussion
  • Describe clinical profiles and moderating factors of concussion
  • Perform vestibular/ocular (VOMS) and other pertinent screenings
  • Identify common vestibular and visual system abnormalities following concussion
  • Discuss considerations for exertion assessment and rehabilitation following concussion
  • Discuss commonly prescribed medications for symptoms following concussion
  • Discuss return to play and activity guidelines

Course and Conference Agenda (Bolded items are APTA Montana events outside of the CE Course)
7:15am to 7:45am - APTA Montana Professional Issues Forum TBA
8:00 CE Course begins:Welcome/Introduction
8:15 Concussion overview, diagnosis, general assessment, risk factors, clinical profiles
9:45 Break
10:00 Vestibular & Oculomotor Dysfunction after Concussion
12:00 APTA Business Meeting and Luncheon
2:00 Vestibular & Oculomotor Treatment after Concussion
Anxiety and Mood Issues in Concussion
3:30 Break
3:45 Exertion Assessment and Rehabilitation
Return to Play/Activity
Case Discussion(s)
5:30 Q&A
6:00 Adjournment
6-8pm -  APTA Montana Social Event, TBA

About the Speaker

Anne Mucha, PT, DPT, MS, NCS

Anne Mucha is the Program Coordinator of Vestibular Rehabilitation for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Sports Medicine Concussion Program and the UPMC Rehabilitation Institute. She is a board-certified clinical specialist in neurologic physical therapy with advanced certification in vestibular rehabilitation. In addition to her clinical practice, her research efforts include development and validation of the Vestibular Ocular/Motor Screening (VOMS), randomized clinical trials related to vestibular rehabilitation and active concussion treatments, and long-term effects of concussion in military service members and professional athletes. Dr. Mucha served as a member of the CDC panel of experts to develop clinical guidelines for diagnosis and management of mild traumatic brain injury among children and adolescents. She received her bachelor's and advanced master's degrees in physical therapy from the University of Pittsburgh and her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Temple University. Dr. Mucha is a national and international lecturer on topics related to concussion and is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh.