Biodex offers a series of workshops that focus on the causes and symptoms of balance issues and the best way to assess and treat patients. With topics ranging from fall prevention to concussion, these workshops combine lectures from well respected speakers with interactive lab time featuring the Balance System SD.
Healthcare Challenges and Beyond – Concussion Management and Medical Care
As research continues to demonstrate the potential for long-term impact of concussion in sports, the importance of objective assessment in the management of concussion has become vital. Dr. Rod Walters, well-known lecturer, author and athletic trainer on the professional and collegiate level, will be presenting his material. His presentation will cover all facets of education for concussion care including the role of baseline testing, signs and symptoms of a concussed individual, and the long term effects of a concussion. Rod will review the interpretative results of concussion tests based on specific populations, how to formulate the appropriate plan of care, development for emergency action and medical care planning for athletes, and how to assess for the athletic accommodations needed for concussion care during the progressive phases before returning to play.
Falling Through the Cracks
This presentation by David Wilcox, OTR/L will focus on fall awareness and facilitating best practices in fall prevention. He will discuss how to better identify, assess, and treat those with a history of falls or those candidates at risk for fall. During the lecture participants will observe how to administer fall screening assessments, such as the Timed Up and Go (TUG) Test, and various tests on the Biodex Balance System SD, and become familiar with how to utilize the data to better treat those at risk for falls. Attendees will learn how to identify ways to improve outcomes, as well as expand their ability for critical thinking and clinical reasoning as related to fall risk screening and conditioning. This course is intended for physicians, physical therapists, physical therapist assistants and other Allied healthcare workers. Didactic and hands-on learning environments will be utilized to enhance knowledge in the use of technology as a tool to help deliver best practices in patient care.
EBP Concussion Prevention and Management in Athletics: Effective Safety Assessment and Return-to-Play Strategies
As research continues to demonstrate the potential for long term impact of concussion in sports, the importance of objective assessment in the management of concussion has become vital. Dr. Rod Walters, well-known lecturer, author, and athletic trainer on the professional and collegiate level, will be presenting his material. His presentation will cover all facets of education for concussion care, including a discussion on safety and equipment precautions for collision sports specific to the prevention of concussion. He will lecture on the role of interpreting signs and symptoms of concussion for various populations (neuropsychological, vision, balance, graded symptoms checklist) with an objective basis of assessment. Dr. Walters will also speak on topics related to specific accommodations needed for concussion care during the progressive phases before returning to play. The program will be two hours in length, combining lecture and hands-on learning lab based material.