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2019 Concussion Health Summit

The 360 Neuro Health Institute co-hosted with Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas hosted the 2019 Concussion Health Summit and Town Hall Event in Austin, Texas at Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas. This event encouraged education and discussion, bringing together an influential array of experts, practitioners, and community from a range of specialties who discussed the latest knowledge and technology regarding diagnosing and treating concussions.

The Concussion Health Summit welcomed healthcare providers and provided continuing education credits (for Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist assistants, Occupational Therapists, and Athletic Trainers) from Friday, September 27th to Sunday, September 29th – 12:30pm. There was also a Concussion Town Hall Discussion Panel from 1:30pm to 3:00pm.

The Concussion Town Hall Event was open to the community and started on Sunday, September 29th at 8:00am with presentations from world-renowned experts. Following the morning session, we held an interactive event with open discussions and question & answer sessions among healthcare providers, advocates, and individuals who have suffered a concussion as well as loved ones and caregivers.

FREE Balance Performance Baseline Testing (optional) took place on Sunday, September 29th from 4:00pm – 5:00pm and was available to 100 student-athletes. The testing took less than 10 minutes! It included:

  • Symptom Assessment – symptom questionnaire and medical history
  • Single Leg Stance (eyes closed) – ankle stability
  • Heel-Toe Walking – a test sensitive to changes in balance after concussion
  • Oculomotor Tests – eye movements which are related to performance
  • Visual-Vestibular Interaction – high level balance tests when relying on your inner ear and visual system; a test sensitive to changes in balance after concussion

Schedule of Events

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2019

2:00pm – 2:15pm
Welcome Remarks & Summit Format
Bridgett Wallace, PT, DPT, CCVT
Mark A. Letendre, ATC

2:15pm – 3:00pm
The Evolving Role of Athletic Trainers in Concussion Management
David Hoellen, MS, ATC, LAT
Derrick Chan, PT, DPT, ATC, LAT

3:00pm – 3:15pm
Networking Break

3:15pm – 4:15pm
Sideline Assessment to the Physician’s Office
Martha Pyron, MD

4:15pm – 5:15pm
The Sports Medicine Model in Concussion: Where do we go from here?
Adam Bauman, MS, RPh

5:15pm – 6:00pm
Concussion Assessment and Treatment
Jamshid Ghajar, MD

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2019

Assessment and Treatment Hands-On Labs 
Instructors:
Bridgett Wallace, PT, DPT
Rudie Spigarelli, PT, DPT, MCT
Kendal Reddell, PT, DPT, NCS
​Alex Tarabbia, PT, DPT
Lisa Becker, PTA
Angela Rich, OCS, PT, ScD
Brian Farr, MA, ATC, LAT, CSCS

8:00am – 8:30am
Exertional Assessment

8:30am – 9:00am
Vestibular Assessment

9:00am – 9:30am
Cervical Assessment

9:30am – 10:00am
Vision Assessment

10:00am – 12:00pm
Networking Break & Hands-on Labs Group Practice

12:00pm – 1:00pm
Lunch on own

1:00pm – 2:00pm
Concussion Treatment: The Role of Pharmacologic Interventions
Chris Ashton MS, LAT, ATC

2:00pm – 3:00pm
Panel Discussion

3:00pm – 5:30pm
Networking Break & Hands-on Labs Group Practice

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2019

7:00am – 8:00am
Town Hall Event Registration & Vendor Networking

8:00am – 9:00am
Return to Learn
Cynthia Austin, PhD

9:00am – 10:00am
A Cerebral Approach to Pediatric Headache
William Qubty, MD

10:00am – 10:30am
Networking Break

10:30am – 11:30am
Sleep Disturbances and Head Trauma
Navy Cmdr. Paul Sargent, MD

11:30am – 12:30pm – Keynote Session
The Future of Sports And Concussion
Christopher Giza, MD

12:30pm – 1:30pm 
Lunch on own

1:30pm – 3:30pm
Concussion Town Hall Panel Discussion

  • Bridgett Wallace, PT, DPT (moderator)
  • Anne Forrest, PhD
  • Wayne Lauritzen, ATC
  • Martha Pyron, MD
  • David Hoellen, MS, ATC, LAT
  • Chris Plonsky
  • Scott Peters

4:00pm – 5:00pm
FREE Balance Performance Balance Testing for Student-Athletes

  • Symptom Assessment – symptom questionnaire and medical history
  • Single Leg Stance (eyes closed) – ankle stability
  • Heel-Toe Walking – a test sensitive to changes in balance after concussion
  • Oculomotor Tests – eye movements which are related to performance
  • Visual-Vestibular Interaction – high level balance tests when relying on your inner ear and visual system; a test sensitive to changes in balance after concussion

2018 Concussion Health Summit

The Summit was held in Southlake, Texas, at Hilton Dallas Southlake Town Square on Friday, July 27 through Sunday, July 29, 2018. This three day program encouraged education and discussion – bringing together an influential array of experts, practitioners, and innovators from a range of specialties who discussed the latest knowledge and technology regarding concussion management.  It was designed to present the success factors critical to a comprehensive concussion program and utilize this information for performance enhancement, concussion reduction and post-data comparison if a concussion or even an orthopedic injury should occur. 

360 Neuro Health Institute (BOC AP# P8749) is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Athletic Trainers. This program is eligible for a maximum of 14 EBP Category hours/CEUs. Continuing education credits are available for therapists through the Texas Physical Therapy Association and the Texas Occupational Therapy Association.

The Program Planning Committee assembled a faculty with renowned clinical experts to provide opportunities for approved continuing education sessions as well as case-study round table discussions where each group worked together to determine best practice concussion management guidelines. 

Snapshot of the Summit Program Format:

  • Registration began at 1 pm Friday, July 27th
  • The Exhibit Hall showed the most current technologies, products and services from our sponsors and exhibitors.
  • Friday began with an interactive case studies round table discussion with the goal of developing best practice guidelines to present on Sunday, July 29th followed by one of our keynote speakers, James Sterling, MD.
  • Sunday followed a similar format with speakers in the morning and hands-on workshops (see details below).

The Concussion Health Summit also provided opportunities to network through social events, CH L.A.B.S. (Concussion Health’s Leading Advancements, Breakthroughs & Solutions) and technical exhibits.

Schedule of Events

Friday, July 27, 2018

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM          
Registration & Networking

2:00 PM – 2:15 PM
Welcome Presentation
Bridgett Wallace, PT, DPT – Summit Co-Chair
Mark A. Letendre, ATC – Summit Co-Chair
Kenneth W. Locker, MA, ATC – Program Committee Chair 

2:15 PM – 3:30 PM
Interactive Case Studies: Round Table Discussion

 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Implementation of a Comprehensive Concussion Management Program

Jeffrey Baggett, MS, ATC
Scott Burkhart, Psy.D
 
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Adolescent Predisposition for Concussion & Recovery  
Keynote Session
James Sterling, MD
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5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Welcome Reception      

Saturday, July 28, 2018

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Psychological Overlay in Concussion Care & Recovery   
Jamie Pardini, PhD
 

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Sleep Disturbances and Head Trauma
Navy Cmdr. Paul Sargent, MD
 
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM    
Networking Break & Exhibit Visitation     

 
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Implications of Playing after the Injury & Concussion Prevention              
Shane Miller, MD
 

11:30 AM – 11:45 AM    
Question and Answer Expert Panel Discussion  
 
11:45 AM – 1:30 PM       
Lunch with Accepted Proposal Presentations  

 – What is appropriate return to “play” for the brain? Academic Modifications and Return to Learn after Concussion      Chris Ashton MS, ATC 

 – Interdisciplinary treatment of concussion: From the physician office to the therapy clinic
   
Chris Ashton MS, ATC

   Michael Steiner PT, DPT 

 – Advanced Techniques in Concussion Identification and Remediation
   Jessica Kempa, MS, ATC, CES
   Meghan Mattson, ATC
 

1:30 PM – 2:15 PM
Concussion Care: a Chiropractor’s Perspective
Craig Couillard, DC
 
2:15 PM – 2:45 PM
Principles and Considerations to Become a Concussion Spotter   
Rod Walters, DA, ATC
 

2:45 PM – 3:15 PM
Head Impact Biomechanics: Engineering a Safer Game
​Jason Mihalik, PhD, CAT(C), ATC 

3:15 PM – 4:00 PM
Networking Break & Exhibit Visitation 

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
CH L.A.B.S – Leading Advancements, Breakthroughs & Solutions
                   
Sunday, July 29, 2018

8:00 AM – 9:15 AM
Case Studies Interactive Group – Best Practice Guidelines           
Group Discussion
 

9:15 AM – 10:00 AM
Networking Break & Exhibit Visitation 

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM 
45 minute hands-on workshops: 

 – Cervicogenic Dysfunction Post-Concussion
   Angela Rich, OCS, PT, ScD 

 – Visual Evaluation Techniques and Functional Retraining
   Charles Shidlofsky, O.D., FCOVD  

 – COBALT – Concussion Balance Testing
   Shelly Massingale, MS, PT 

 – Vestibular Evaluation and Treatment Techniques                            
   Bridgett Wallace, PT, DPT 

2017 Concussion Health Summit

360 Neuro Health, in partnership with Nationwide Children’s Hospital, held The Concussion Health Summit in Columbus, Ohio, at the Hyatt Regency on Friday, July 28 and Saturday, July 29, 2017.

This two day long program encouraged education and discussion – bringing together an influential array of experts, practitioners, and innovators from a range of specialties who discussed the latest knowledge and technology regarding concussion management. By emphasizing the importance of a multi-disciplinary approach, the Summit aimed to make the connection between prevention, baseline testing, time of injury, post-injury exam and the recovery process.

The Program Planning Committee assembled a faculty of renowned clinical experts who provided opportunities for approved continuing education sessions as well as special programming for concussion survivors and caregivers. The Concussion Health Summit also provided opportunities to network through social events and round table discussions. 

​The Summit is approved for 14 EBP Category hours/CEUs for Athletic Trainers and 14 CCUs for Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists!

Schedule of Events

Friday, July 28, 2017

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM    
Registration & Networking

8:00 AM – 8:10 AM
Welcome Remarks & Summit Format    

8:15 AM – 8:45 AM 
Case Study 1: Treatment of Concussion Starting Day 2
Randy Cohen, ATC, DPT

Concussions need to be treated actively.  Randy’s presentation will focus on the importance of beginning treatment day 2 after concussion and share treatment ideas. He will also discuss how such activities can go beyond an injury rehab program
and enhance athletic performance. 

8:45 AM – 9:15 AM
Case Study 2: A Concussion Case Study ~ Older Adult 
Bridgett Wallace, PT, DPT 
Everyone is at risk for a brain injury, especially older adults. Falls were the leading cause of brain injury, accounting for >40% of all brain injuries in the United States. Bridgett will review key findings from the examination, interpret the findings, and provide patient specific treatment goals and appropriate intervention.

9:15 AM – 9:45 AM
Case Study 3: Military Case Study
Navy Cmdr. Paul Sargent, MD
Dr. Sargent will present a military case study that includes the impact of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in concussion recovery, including discussion on his first-of-its-kind, DoD, residential treatment program that resulted in decrease anxiety levels, insomnia and depressive symptoms even after previous treatments had failed. 

9:45 AM – 10:00 AM
Rob Hofschulte, PT – Case Study Winner! 
Case Study Summary: Patient history of temporal-mandibular dysfunction (TMD) identified as a contributing factor to headaches in a patient post-concussion. Interventions for TMD (including dry needling) were combined with exertional, vestibular and visual exercises to allow for a quicker and complete recovery.

10:00 AM – 10:15 AM
John Ralston – Case Study Winner! 
Case Study Summary: Wearable head impact dosimeters appear to be a powerful objective tool to support remove-from-play decisions and to limit cumulative head impact exposure trauma to levels below neural damage thresholds.

10:15 AM – 10:30 AM
Case Study Question & Answer Session 

10:30 AM – 12:15 PM
Networking Break & Sponsor Spotlight

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM
Lunch on own 

1:15 PM – 2:00 PM
Baseline Testing as a Comprehensive Injury Program 
Brian Roberts MS, ATC, ITAT 

Baseline testing is an integral component to any comprehensive concussion management program providing best practices. Baseline testing is important: to have comparative data pre- and post-injury; to identify impairments before the season starts, and to create a comprehensive injury prevention program. Brian will discuss how we integrate into practice by identifying pre-existing conditions: symptoms, cognitive testing, balance testing and vision/visual motor testing as well as athletic enhancement. 

​2:00 PM – 2:10 PM
Q&A Session 

TRACK 1
2:15 PM – 5:15 PM
Baseline & Performance Enhancement Hands-On Workshops 
These 30 minute hands-on workshops mimic clinical settings, providing interactive experiences with experts and attendees. They will be presented in five tracks.

Workshop 1: Train Above the Neck
DeAnn Fitzgerald, OD
This is an interactive workshop to demonstrate dual tasking activities (cognitive and visual) to optimize performance through quick decision making, reaction times and concentration. 

Workshop 2: Neck Strengthening
Brian Roberts MS, ATC, ITAT 
This workshop addresses neck strengthening exercises in effort to decrease concussion risk.

Workshop 3: Lower Extremity Functional Testing
James Onate, PhD, ATC, FNATA 

This workshop demonstrates lower extremity functional assessments as baseline and return to play criteria following neuromuscular trauma as well as how to recognize tools utilized for performance. 

Workshop 4: Vestibular 
Shelly Massingale, PT, MPT

This hands-on workshop will demonstrate the COBALT, which is a cutting-edge computerized balance test that includes both high level visual and vestibular demands. 

Workshop 5: Vision 
Charlie Shearer, OD 

This hands-on workshop provides demonstration on visual training activities to optimize athletic performance for reaction, anticipation and visual memory.

TRACK 2
2:15 PM – 5:15 PM
Overcoming Life with a Traumatic Brain Injury 
Amy Zellmer
Every 11 seconds, someone in the US will suffer a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Chances are you or someone you love has been affected by one. TBI can happen to anyone, it does not discriminate. Amy Zellmer suffered a TBI on a cold morning in February when she slipped on a patch of ice in the driveway. Join Amy as she shares her story of recovery, and enlightens you with ways to help support a loved one dealing with this invisible injury. She will give you insight into a life that even doctors don’t fully understand.

3:15 PM – 3:45 PM
Networking Break 

5:15 PM – 5:45 PM
The Utility of Neuropsychological Testing in the Management of Concussion
Summer Ott, Psy.D. 
Dr. Ott’s presentation takes a look at the evolution of neuropsychological assessment in sports, the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and MLS concussion management protocols as well as short and long term effects following sports-related concussion.

7:30 PM
Reception 

Saturday, July 29, 2017

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Making the Most of the Sideline Assessment
Tamara Valovich McLeod, PhD, ATC, FNATA 

Dr. McLeod’s presentation will describe the goals of the on-field and sideline assessment, discuss the “critical elements” of the sideline assessment reported from the Berlin consensus meeting and debate the merits of various on-field and sideline assessment techniques.

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Correlation Between Mild Head Trauma in Elderly Falls and Repeated Visits to the Emergency Department 
Mark Conroy, MD 

According to the Centers for Disease Control, falls were the leading cause of TBI. Falls accounted for 47% of all TBI-related ED visits, hospitalizations, and deaths in the United States. Falls disproportionately affect the youngest and oldest age groups: nearly 4 in 5 (79%) TBI related ED visits, hospitalizations, and deaths in adults aged 65 and older were caused by falls.

9:00 AM – 9:45 AM
Diagnosis, Pathophysiology and Evaluation of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
Steven Erickson, MD 

This presentation will address the diagnosis, pathophysiology and evaluation of mild traumatic brain injury from a physician’s perspective. 

9:45 AM – 10:30 AM
Improving Brain Health Following a Concussion 
Joseph Maroon, MD, FACS

Dr. Maroon’s presentation will identify the six key types of post-concussion syndromes and their individual treatment protocols as well as explain the importance of brain nutrition, neuropsychological testing and physical conditioning, before and after suffering a brain related trauma. Attendees will also learn about the latest not traditional adjunctive brain recovery therapies using medical marijuana, omega-3 EFA, HBO and stem cells.

10:30 AM – 11:15 AM
Networking Break 

11:15 AM – 12:00 PM 
Pediatric and Adolescent Concussion: Nuances and Conundrums
Thomas Pommering, DO
Dr. Pommering is Division Chief and Medical Director for Nationwide Children’s Hospital Sports Medicine as well as Co-Director of the Sports Concussion Clinic. He is a Clinical Assistant Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Family Medicine at The Ohio State University College of Medicine as well as, a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

12:00 PM -1:15 PM 
The State of Sport Concussion:  Legitimate Concern vs. Paranoia?
Kevin Guskiewicz, PhD, ATC
Luncheon Keynote Speaker 
(included in the cost of registration)

TRACK 1
1:15 PM – 3:15 PM
Rehab & Progression Hands-On Workshops 
30 minute hands-on workshops mimic clinical settings, providing interactive experiences with experts and attendees. They will be presented in five tracks.

Workshop 1: Vision Training 
DeAnn Fitzgerald, OD 

This workshop will include demonstration of a variety of visual training exercises to address symptoms related to post-concussion as well as performance.

Workshop 2: Vestibular/Balance 
Shelly Massingale, PT, MPT

This workshop will include hands-on demonstration of balance/vestibular exercises for post-concussion rehab.

Workshop 3: Exertion 
Brian Roberts MS, ATC, ITAT 

This hands-on workshop reviews various guidelines for monitoring and progressing appropriate levels of exertion post-concussion.

Workshop 4: Sport Specific Training 
Randy Cohen, ATC, DPT 

This interactive workshop provides examples of sport specific activities not only to address impairments post-concussion but to optimize athletic performance.

TRACK 2
1:15 PM – 3:15 PM
Concussion Survivor, Family Member and Caregiver Round Table Discussion with Experts
This is an interactive workshop to promote open discussions among individuals who have suffered a concussion as well as loved ones and caregivers.

3:15 PM – 3:45 PM
Networking Break 

3:50 PM – 4:30 PM
Concussive Impacts on Neurons in the Brain 
Chen Gu, PhD 

Dr. Gu will present new research that has uncovered details about subcellular-level changes in the brain after concussion that could one day lead to improved treatment.

4:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Evidenced Based Care for First Responders 
Nancy Burke, MS, LAT, ATC 

This presentation will explain the mechanisms of concussion and MTBI in law enforcement, EMS and fire and rescue, describe “warrior” and “team/squad bonding” responses leading to downplaying or not reporting the symptoms of concussion. 

5:00 PM 
Closing Remarks 

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