January 19, 2022 - Return to Sport After Concussion: Dual Task Testing and Training for the Injured Athlete Recovery and Management  January 19th @5:30pm
January 19, 2022 - Return to Sport After Concussion: Dual Task Testing and Training for the Injured Athlete Recovery and Management January 19th @5:30pm
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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, 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 fewer than 300 persons so designated. 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 30 journal 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

5:15 Zoom waiting room opens

5:30 The physiology of attention and learning

5:40 Evidence-based learning for normal and injured athletes

5:50 The relevance of dual task tolerance in sport

6:00 The physiology of dual task tolerance in the brain

6:10 Early mobilization and the role of exercise

6:20 Dual task screening and examination

6:35 Treatment of attention: dual and multi-tasking: visual, auditory, motor and cognitive

7:05 Return to sport considerations: Re-THINKING readiness

7:15 Measurement and documentation of dual task cost

7:25 Applications in sport automaticity and return to sport determination

7:40 The future of treatment: technological advances

7:50 Questions and summative comments

8:00 Adjourn


Live virtual course via ZOOM

Wednesday, January 19, 2022


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: Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, attendance will be limited.

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 evaluation has been completed.  

Refund Policy: Full refunds less a $25 administrative fee will be granted if cancellation is requested in writing by January 5, 2022. No refunds will be made after that date unless the course is cancelled by Providence Rehabilitation Services, in which case full refunds will be issued.

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 joanna.mullett@providence.org. 

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