Carrick Institute

TBI: Advancements in Diagnosis & Treatment

Faculty
Frederick R Carrick, DC, PhD, MS-HPEd
Professor of Neurology

The Carrick Institute is excited to announce a comprehensive 2019 update of our concussion curriculum. This new addition to the Carrick Institute Program has been designed to allow healthcare professionals a way to continue moving towards mastery in the assessment, diagnosis, and rehabilitation of patients that have suffered a concussion/mTBI. This 3-day event synthesizes the new research, literature, and clinical applications on mTBI that has been updated in the last several years.

The approach to concussion diagnosis and management has been evolving at an unprecedented rate that demands an update in clinical applications for those healthcare practitioners that attend these patients. Implementation of concussion protocols has been made by a variety of expert committees.  These protocols are changing the applications associated with the previous understanding of brain injury and treatment.  The Carrick Institute has been a major player in the initiation of applications that diagnose and treat head injuries but also minimize the risk of head injury. The attention to sports injury and disability in the press has placed a great demand on the scientific community to address the many questions that remain. The objective of this contemporary updated program is to present the topic of concussion by educational interaction designed to promote the mastery of skills needed to manage concussion in a contemporary fashion.  The emerging scientific data, from biomarkers and serum studies to imaging modalities, and brain networking are central to a clinical understanding and approach of these injuries. This update program has been designed to contribute to both the diagnostic and therapeutic approach to sports concussion in a contemporary and evidence-based fashion.  It is presented by our clinician educator team that have many years of experience in the treatment of high profile patients who have suffered a brain injury.

Prof Carrick is a Senior Research Fellow at the Bedfordshire Centre for Mental Health Research in association with the University of Cambridge, UK.  He has attended high profile professionals, Olympians and collegiate athletes from around the globe that have suffered brain injury for over 4 decades.  His work has been featured on Prime Time Television and in major journals and newspapers.  He has developed novel treatment paradigms that have been incorporated in the daily practice of healthcare practitioners around the world.  He is a graduate of CMCC in Toronto and is board certified in neurology with fellowship certification in Traumatic Brain Injury, Vestibular Rehabilitation and EEG.  He has a PhD degree from Walden University with his dissertation on the Neurophysiological Implications in Learning. He holds a Master of Science degree in Health Professions Education from the Harvard Macy/MGH Institutes. He serves as the Dean of Education at the Carrick Institute and his published research is indexed in PubMed/US National Library of Medicine/National Institutes of Health.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this 25-hour update program, clinicians should be able to:

  • Realize increased awareness of head injury and patient education, while developing the¬†practitioner skills of recognition and real-time diagnosis of a concussion that is crucial in treatment.
  • Realize the clinical skills necessary to be proficient in an objective and standardized assessment of concussion.
  • Realize a clinical fluency in the systematic review of the evidence supporting diagnostic and treatment paradigms of concussion.
  • Learn¬†to recognize the neurological signs and symptoms of concussion that can be subtle and transient, as well as those that represent persistent sequelae, such as impaired attention and balance that make affected patients particularly vulnerable to further injury.
  • Realize the benefit and gain the skills necessary to utilize the available screening tools for concussion, with particular emphasis on the role of visual function testing.
  • Realize the disconnect between clinical and biomechanical research efforts and develop a treatment paradigm using a biomechanical perspective in concert with a brain-based paradigm.
  • Realize an understanding of the biomechanics of the brain during head impact, as well as the potential population-based and gender differences in concussion tolerance.
  • Realize the current and novel potential intervention strategies to reduce the incidence of injury, and common biomechanical misconceptions.
  • Realize the effects of concussion on the autonomic nervous system and its control of cerebral blood flow.
  • Realize the skills necessary to engage in treatments of concussion using physical and cognitive activity paced until all symptoms resolve.
  • Realize the skills necessary to measure and quantify exercise and rehabilitation strategies necessary in the treatment of concussion.
  • Realize the skills necessary to establish physiological recovery from concussion.

Educational Methodology

The Carrick Institute Educational Process utilizes an interactive clinical problem based learning pedagogy that is designed to master difficulty material and promote long-term effective memory and application of learned skills.  This learning process uses a flipped classroom, interactive scholar participation and long-term iterations of clinical applications in a novel format that has been presented at the Harvard Medical School Academy and published in the educational literature. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28790966)

Who is this Class for?

Our primary audience is the practicing clinician including Physical Therapists, Chiropractors, Medical Physicians, Osteopaths, and Acupuncturists.  Please contact us if you have any questions about your eligibility for this program.

Pre-requisites

It is recommended that in order to maximize your learning from this program, that an attendee have previous experience with our ReceptorBased Essentials Program, Clinical Neuroscience Program, or Concussion-mTBI program. 

 

Topics Covered

  • The epidemiology of concussion
  • The historical perspective of brain injury and concussion
  • Consensus Statements in Concussion
  • The difference in concussion management in children as compared with adults
  • Risk factors for sports concussion
  • Prognosis and return to play after sport concussion
  • Proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy findings in sport-related concussion
  • Biomarkers of brain injury after concussion
  • The neurophysiology of concussion
  • Current and emerging rehabilitation for concussion.
  • Concussion recovery time among athletes
  • Review of Concussion Guidelines
  • Headaches after Concussion
  • Psychiatric, psychological, and behavioral outcomes following concussion
  • Prognosticators of persistent symptoms following concussion
  • The effects of rest and treatment following concussion
  • Understanding the neurometabolic cascade of concussion
  • Post-inflammatory brain syndrome: neurological and systemic inflammatory responses in post-concussion symptoms
  • The Sports Concussion Assessment Tool
  • Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy after concussion
  • Pharmacological treatment of concussion
  • White matter and neurometabolic changes in brain after concussion
  • Clinical practice guidelines: What the evidence shows and how you apply the evidence
  • Return to play management
  • Vestibular and balance issues
  • Transcranial magnetic stimulation and concussion
  • The role of vision and eye movements in the diagnosis and treatment of concussion
  • The role of the cervical spine in concussion and disability

Scholars Enrolled in this Module will Receive:

  • Flipped classroom available in your on-demand coursework
  • 3 Days of training via online, self-paced learning with Professor Frederick Carrick
  • 25-neurology hours towards the ACFN Neurology Fellowship
  • LIFETIME access to the On-Demand recording of the module.
  • 3 months of unlimited access to Medline upon completion of the module
  • Weekly interactive learning tools delivered to their smartphone, tablet or computer for one year to maximize their retention and skill utilization.

Tuition

General Tuition: $1,500

Advancements in TBI via Online, Self-Paced Learning

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