Peak Performance Sports and Spine - January 2020

YOUR MOVEMENT MONTHLY

JANUARY 2020

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ATHLETE BRAIN HEALTH FOUNDATION THE 2019 INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS FOR ATHLETE BRAIN HEALTH

Working at Peak Performance has provided me with an opportunity to see how much care my coworkers have for our patients. Every one of us strives to provide our patients with exactly what they need to accomplish their goals. One of the many ways we do this is through continuing education. As a health professional, it is essential to be a lifelong learner. Through attending classes, courses, and conferences, we can better care for diverse and complicated patient cases. I recently had the opportunity to further my knowledge base of concussion rehabilitation by attending a conference in Park City, Utah. The Athlete Brain Health Foundation held the Inaugural International Congress for Athlete Brain Health. It was the first time this collective group of people came together to discuss athlete brain health at length. The group was comprised of approximately 25 speakers and researchers; there also were about 200 medical doctors, neuropsychologists, clinical researchers, and physical therapists in attendance. I was very humbled to have been part of this group and excited about what they intended to accomplish. The conference aimed to serve many purposes. We discussed current topics in concussion management including chronic headache, sleep hygiene, vestibular and ocular motor

compromise, return to learn and play guidelines, and a variety of others. That being said, the primary goal for the conference was to explore where concussion research needs to go next. Much of the conference was run like a discussion forum where attendees could volunteer their clinical insight into this complex topic. One interesting discussion topic aimed to consolidate many working definitions of the term concussion. It was the foundation's belief that a single definition needs to be established and that it must include the term rehabilitative. The term rehabilitative is especially important because it denotes that the injury is one that can be recovered from if treated appropriately. Another important discussion echoed throughout the conference was how to distinguish concussion symptoms from other predisposing factors. It is not uncommon for a patient with a concussion to come into a clinic at their baseline, meaning that some of their observed impairment might not actually be symptoms of concussion. Our goal is to sift out what constitutes the patient’s baseline versus true impairment. On a professional level, the most important takeaway I had from the conference was the connections and networking that I did. The people in attendance were focused on finding the most beneficial ways to

Thad & Dr. Jessica Schwartz, PT, DPT, CSCS

coordinate an optimal comprehensive neurological course of care. We were all there to help build a community in which multiple health care professionals, who specialize in all different aspects of concussions, can rely on each other for information, support, and professional resources. Being a part of the conference allowed me to observe and chat with well- developed and well-versed concussion rehab therapists/doctors. I was not only humbled, but also extremely proud of our own clinic. From a clinical perspective, Peak Performance Sports and Spine is not only being consistent in what we’re doing, but we’re also running an up-to-date, evidence-based, comprehensive concussion program. I’m eager to see all the positive impacts this group and future meetings will provide, because, as the Athlete Brain Health Foundation's mission statement declares, “At the end of the day, returning to an active lifestyle should not only be a possibility, but an expectation.”

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