Introduction to Concussion

Introduction to Concussion

Review the fundamentals of understanding concussion
This introduction contains invaluable information that is a must for all therapists doing any sort of hands-on treatments
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Introduction

Concussion is a clinical diagnosis. It cannot be seen on an MRI or CT scan. It has been described as a metabolic, physiological, and microstructural injury to the brain. Concussion results in a complex variety of physical, cognitive, visual, emotional, and sleep-related disturbances. In order for us to assess and treat concussion, we need to understand the mechanism of injury, and what happens to the brain at a macroscopic and microscopic level. This course provides a basic introduction to concussion looking at the cause of concussion, the neuropathology of concussion and the neurometabolic cascade that occurs after a concussion injury.

Aims

This short course aims to understand the symptomatology of concussion and the mechanism of injury. It will also discuss the neurometabolic cascade and neuropathology of concussion.

Outline

This course is made up of videos, reading, discussions and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Video
  2. Reading activity
  3. Quiz

Target audience

This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.