Concussion Prevention and Management in Athletics - 2 hrs
Discuss safety and equipment precautions for collision sports specific to prevention of concussion.
Interpret common signs and symptoms of concussion based on the current research.
Apply and interpret results of concussion tests for specific populations (neuropsychological, vision, balance, graded symptoms checklist) with an objective basis of assessment.
Review athletic accommodations needed for concussion care in the progression and return to full activity.
Recognize the long term effects of concussion.
Overview of tools for concussion assessment.
Rehabilitation pearls for concussion injuries.
The course is a lecture style course that reviews the history of concussions, the parameters of baseline assessment and post-injury assessment. The course will also address the return-to-learn and return-to-play challenges for the healthcare professional.
Presenter: Rod Walters
Rod Walters has enjoyed a storied career as a collegiate athletic trainer. Most recently, Walters has provided consultations and is a much-sought after public speaker. Rod Walters was involved in the care and prevention of student-athlete injuries for twenty-seven years on college campuses from Hickory, North Carolina (Lenoir-Rhyne College) to Boone, North Carolina (Appalachian State University) to Columbia, South Carolina (University of South Carolina). Walters has provided program review and high profile investigations to matters secondary to sports participation. His expertise is well respected in the profession. Walters has been a highly sought expert witness for matters related to sports injury. The National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) Hall of Fame Athletic Trainer expanded his service to a consulting role in 2007. Clients include the Professional Baseball Umpires of MLB, the NFL and the Big 12 Conference, where he provides monitoring services to further assist with concussions. Walters was the lead ATC Spotter for the 2019 Super Bowl. Walters was recognized as the 2011 Distinguished Athletic Training Alumni Award from Middle Tennessee State University and likewise the 2018 Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award from the University of South Carolina.
As the lead investigator of the exertional heat stroke death of University of Maryland student-athlete, Walters acclaimed national media for the report and investigation. He conducted an additional investigation at Garden City Community College in 2019. Due to his recognized excellence in investigations, Walters has become a sought after expert witness for cases related to sports. His expertise includes review of Emergency Action Plans, exertional heat illness, concussion care, sudden cardiac death and general orthopedic injury. Walters Inc. provides expertise to the Gulf South Conference relative to sports medicine oversight needs.
Through evidenced-based education courses, Walters offers seminars on a variety of topics including exertional heat stroke and Emergency Action Plans. His attendees range from high school athletic trainers to professional sports teams. Rod Walters has the ability to leverage his experience in the clinical aspects of athletic training to pass along information to organizations in his reviews and individuals within educational programs.
Mental Health in the Athletic Training Room - 1 hrs (Category A)
This course is an overview of issues athletic trainers face in these challenging times we face. Mental health is a growing aspect within the total care of patients, and athletics are not exempt from the issues faced.
Explain the importance of self-care and give two examples of self-care behaviors
Identify signs and symptoms of various mental health illnesses
List 3 triggers that contribute to mental health illnesses
Develop mental health assessments to identify at-risk athletes
Create a plan for referring athletes with suspected psychological concerns to appropriate mental health care professionals