The following information was graciously provided by Alpine Physical Therapist Brace Hayden, DPT, OCS, CSCS.
Last month a variety of faculty from University of Montana (UM) School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Science, the Athletic Training Education Department, along with a handful of local physical therapists met for the monthly journal article discussion group.
The topic this month centered on current research behind concussion management in sports. This hot topic has captured the attention of the national press as well as athletes, coaches, parents, and multidisciplinary healthcare providers and researchers. The highly charged debate about concussion management lies in providing a guideline that can easily assess the severity of the possible traumatic head injury and when it is appropriate for the athlete to safely return to his or her sport.
The take home messages from the round table discussion were:
More information on this topic can be found at a great website put together by Idaho State University: KnowConcussion.org.
Brent Dodge is the founding owner of Alpine Physical Therapy and is a board certified orthopedic specialist. He holds additional certifications in Functional Dry Needling, Manual Physical Therapy, and Strength and Conditioning.
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