Incorporating a Multi-Dimensional Approach to the Evaluation and Management of Sports-Related Concussion

Feb. 3, 2015; 12-1:15 p.m. (ET)



Recent consensus statements and position papers recommend a multi-faceted approach to the evaluation and management of sports-related concussion. This approach involves a “clinician’s toolbox” that includes measures of neurocognition, symptoms, balance and reaction time, as well as recently recommended vestibular and ocular motor measures. This presentation will discuss symptom clusters, neurocognitive testing, balance testing, vestibular and oculo-motor measures, and a clinical exam. The presentation will also discuss the potential long-term effects of multiple concussions including psychosocial issues (i.e., depression, anxiety), and case studies of patients dealing with clinical issues following concussion.

At the conclusion of this educational program, learners will be able to:

  • Describe current research regarding sports-related concussion
  • Express the importance of a multifaceted approach to concussion evaluation
  • Discuss factors that influence concussion outcomes, specifically psychosocial issues,
    such as depression and anxiety
  • Describe the long-terms effects of concussion


Tracey Covassin, Ph.D., ATC
Associate Professor; Director of Undergraduate Athletic Training Education Director of Sports-Related Concussion Laboratory Department of Kinesiology Michigan State University East Lansing, Mich.


Donald Marion, M.D., M.Sc.
Clinical Affairs Senior Advisor Contract support to Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center Silver Spring, Md.

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