Recorded on demand course - Return to Sport After Concussion: Dual Task Testing and Training For The Injured Athlete Recovery And Management
Recorded on demand course - Return to Sport After Concussion: Dual Task Testing and Training For The Injured Athlete Recovery And Management
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At the highest level, athletes have stored procedural memories, ready to use in their sport. They can adjust these movements in the context of the game with consideration of fatigue, situation, environmental conditions, and opponent. Procedural memories are automatic in nature, and are processed without direct and consistent conscious control. In the most skilled athletes, these movements are resistant to environmental distractions (crowd, opponent taunting, pain). After a concussion, when is an injured athlete truly safe enough to return, to wield their fully automatized skill in the face of both internal and external distractions? In this course, we will review, APPLY, and ADVANCE the science of procedural learning (regaining automatic function) in sport – revealing applications and insights as to how coaches and healthcare professionals can use dual task testing and training to decide when recovery is feasible AND facilitate recovery of the same. Attendees will get a sneak peek into the emerging world of Dual Task Fitness Training – a technology serving as a preventative and rehabilitative application.

Speaker biography

Mike Studer,PT, DPT, MHS,NCS, CEEAA, CWT, CSST, FAPTA practices in Salem, Oregon. He has been a PT since 1991, board certified in neurologic PT in 1995, and opened Northwest Rehabilitation Associates in 2005. He has been an invited speaker covering 49 states, 9 countries, and 3 continents speaking on topics ranging from cognition and psychology in rehabilitation, aging, stroke, motor learning, motivation in rehabilitation, balance, dizziness, neuropathy and Parkinson Disease. He is presently an adjunct professor at Oregon State University’s DPT program in Bend, Oregon, where he leads the coursework on motor control and assists the national network of neurologic PT residencies (Neuroconsortium) as well.  In 2011, Mike was recognized as Clinician of the Year in the Neurologic and (in 2014) the Geriatric Academies of the APTA. He received the highest honor available in PT in 2020, being distinguished as a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the APTA in 2020, joining a group of under 300 persons at the time for the history of the profession. Mike’s honors additionally reflect his service for Vice Presidency of the Academy of Neurologic PT, the Mercedes Weiss award for service to the Oregon chapter of APTA. He holds a trademark in dual task rehabilitation and has a patent pending on the same. Over his career, Mike has authored over 35 articles, 6 book chapters, and routinely has clinical research projects in affiliation with one of many universities.

Course Objective(s)

1. Identify the 4 main modalities of distractions in clinical and real world DT application.

2. Name the three guiding principles of DT training

3. Identify the physiology of attention and DT in normal and impaired conditions

4. Identify technologies available now to improve DT

5. Create an individualized program for patients in accordance with your scope of practice

Course Outline
  • The physiology of attention and learning
  • Evidence-based learning for normal and injured athletes
  • The relevance of dual task tolerance in sport
  • The physiology of dual task tolerance in the brain
  • Early mobilization and the role of exercise
  • Dual task screening and examination
  • Treatment of attention: dual and multi-tasking: visual, auditory, motor and cognitive
  • Return to sport considerations: Re-THINKING readiness
  • Measurement and documentation of dual task cost
  • Applications in sport automaticity and return to sport determination
  • The future of treatment: technological advances
  • Questions and summative comments

Online, on-demand course available by private youtube link.  Please register for this course using the email you use with your google account.  If you did not register using the email address associated with your google account please add that email address in the notes section at checkout. 

Once your google account email address has been added to the private youtube video you will have access. 

Registration Information

Target Audience:  Physical Therapists, Physical Therapy Assistants, Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Athletic Trainers, Speech Language Pathologists and Speech Language Pathology Assistants who work with concussion patients. 

Registration Fee: The registration fee is as follows: 

$39 for Providence employees, $75 for all other participants. Registration fees cover access to electronic course handout and electronic certificate of attendance once the course video has been watched, and the course quiz and course evaluation have been completed.  

Refund Policy: No refunds are available for this course once purchased. 

Contact Hours: This course qualifies for 2.5 contact hours for Physical Therapists, Physical Therapy Assistants, Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Speech Language Pathologists and Speech Language Pathology Assistants in OR and WA and Athletic Trainers. Certificates of attendance will be issued to all participants completing the CEU requirements.  This course may qualify for continuing education contact hours in additional states.  Please verify your states requirements to determine if the course qualifies for CE credit where you practice.  If you need assistance with CE approval for your state, please email 

Providence Health and Services(Approved provider #P8431) is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to offer continuing education (CE) to Certified Athletic Trainers.