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An Impairment Based Approach to Concussion Assessment and Rehab

An Impairment Based Approach to Concussion Assessment and Rehab

An Impairment Based Approach to Concussion Assessment and Rehab

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Course Description


As movement professionals - PTs, OTs, ATs, chiropractors, kinesiologists, and massage therapists - we use an impairment model when working with clients. We do an assessment to identify impairments in structure or function, and then we devise treatments to address those impairments. 

In school and in clinical practice, we have lots of experience with using this impairment-based model for musculoskeletal diagnoses. We assess for range of motion, or strength, or any other relevant MSK impairments.

It's no different when the diagnosis is neurological, except that we're often less familiar with the possible impairments we should screen for or assess, like vestibulo-ocular function or exertion tolerance. We also need to add some tools to our clinical toolbox to treat these neuron-specific impairments. 

That's what this course does - you'll learn an assessment framework to look for impairments specific to concussion diagnoses, and build clinical tools to manage these impairments in your clients. Regardless of your familiarity with treating concussion, having a framework for assessment and treatment will make clinical reasoning easier, allow you to progress treatment more efficiently, and lead to better outcomes for your patients or clients.


Course Objectives

This workshop will provide you with:

  • An understanding of the biomechanics of concussion, and relevant anatomy and physiology
  • The ability to effectively take a concussion-focused patient history
  • An assessment template to find the sources or drivers for patients' symptoms after a concussion - based on current evidence and best practices
  • Programming strategies for patients with acute or chronic concussion symptoms
  • Confidence to teach your patients about their injury, and what they can do to optimize their recovery
  • Tools to determine when rest is helpful, and when it might be harmful
  • Information to bust some common concussion myths



This course is designed for movement professionals - PTs, ATs, OTs, chiropractors, kinesiologists, and massage therapists.  

This course is for you if you've never treated a concussion before; it's a great way to get started. It's also good if you have experience but want to learn strategies for clinical reasoning, problem-solving, or treatment.



"Loved how you incorporated research into the course: what we know, what we don't know, what's current and trending."

"Great course! Assessment and treatment skills that can be used in the clinic right away, but also requires practice and review to become comfortable. Sparked interest to take additional courses in vestibular rehab."

"Good coverage of things to consider/ assess and areas to prioritize and focus treatment. It was great that [the course] was broken down into segments and kept track of my learning. Plus [I could] keep notes with each relevant section." 


Course Contact

What other questions do you have? Email me - I'm happy to answer!


The instructors
Meaghan Adams
PT, BSc, MSc(PT), PhD(Neuroscience)

Meaghan earned her physiotherapy degree from Queen’s University, and completed Fowler-Kennedy’s Sport Physiotherapy Fellowship before earning a Certificate in Sport Physiotherapy from Sport Physiotherapy Canada. She also holds a Certificate in Vestibular Rehabilitation from Emory University. Meaghan completed her PhD in neuroscience at the University of Waterloo, studying how concussions affect brain function and sensory integration, and is currently a post-doctoral fellow at Toronto Rehab and York University studying the integration of cognition, motor function, and sensory inputs in adults with prolonged concussion symptoms using virtual reality and tablet-based computing.

Meaghan serves as the vice-chair of the Neurosciences Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, and is an Assistant Clinical Professor (Adjunct) at McMaster University’s School of Rehabilitation Science.

Course Material included in this course
  • Assessment
  • Concussion Assessment Basics
  • Subjective Exam
  • Neurological Exam
  • Cervical Spine Assessment
  • Visual & Vestibular Function
  • Vestibulo-Occular Assessment
  • Exertion & Exercise Tolerance
  • Assessment Resources
  • CISG Resources
  • Feedback
  • Management & Treatment
  • Basics of Concussion Management
  • Concussion Rehab Planning
  • Cervical Spine Treatment
  • Vestibulo-Occular Treatment
  • Exertion Training & Return to Sport
  • Patient Education
  • Treatment Resources
  • Feedback