Jan 29, 2015
When Rest Isn’t Enough

Concussion management is a continuing area of focus for athletic trainers. Those interested in learning more will want to attend, “What To Do When Rest Alone Does Not Work? Alternative Approaches to Concussion Management.” Jason Mihalik, PhD, ATC, CAT(C), Assistant Professor in the University of North Carolina Department of Exercise and Sport Science, will lead this mini-course on Monday afternoon.

In this session, attendees will learn about innovative techniques for dealing with concussed athletes. They will also find out about updated research that contradicts well-accepted practices.

“Concussion affects as many as 3.8 million recreational and sport-related patients each year,” says Mihalik. “The numbers are staggering, and the traditional wait-and-see approach of rest until symptom recovery does not work for everyone.

“This presentation will discuss some alternatives beyond the simple rest-and-wait approach to concussion management,” he continues. “We will also talk about what can be done to enhance recovery, with an emphasis on evidence-based research to support such techniques and interventions. You’ll find out about lesser-known options to promote recovery and enhance overall quality of life for those whose concussion symptoms persist.”

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