Concussion Competencies: A Framework for School-Based Concussion Management
This book presents necessary information and data for people working with concussion recovery or experiencing a concussion, especially of a sports-related nature. There is currently no defined body of knowledge presented to practitioners, a lacuna this book serves to fill. While medical attention is often needed at the initial stage of treatment, the most important parts of ongoing treatment are behavioural, specifically managing and monitoring the patient and engaging them in “active rehabilitation” strategies. The competencies described here address multiple constituencies, from medical personnel to patients. The book is designed to direct the reader to appropriate sections in a straightforward manner supported by evidence and research. Its core focus is on schools in the US, where the majority of sports-related concussion occur and are managed. However, the knowledge competencies detailed here are broad enough to provide a solid education in concussions, and what to do about them, across various environments.
Dr Arthur Maerlender, PhD, ABPP-CN, is a board-certified clinical neuropsychologist and a Research Associate Professor and former Director of Clinical Research at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. After obtaining his PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Notre Dame, USA, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Neuropsychology at Dartmouth (Geisel) Medical School, USA, where he remained for twenty years, before retiring as the Director of the Pediatric Neuropsychology service. He has conducted research in learning disabilities, autism and traumatic brain injury, and has served on the boards of the Vermont Learning Disabilities Foundation, the Brain Injury Association of New Hampshire, and the Academy of Brain Injury Specialists of the National Brain Injury Association. He also served on the Institute of Medicine Committee on Concussions in Youth, and has been funded by the National Institute of Health and the Center for Disease Control, as well as numerous foundations.
Dr Jennifer Parent-Nichols, EdD, DPT, is a physical therapist, and is certified as a pediatric specialist by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, which she also serves a board member. She has earned certification as a brain injury specialist and certification in vestibular rehabilitation. She has worked extensively in the area of pediatrics with experience in early intervention, school-based therapy, and adolescent sports medicine. She is an Associate Professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Franklin Pierce University, USA, where she teaches Pediatrics and Neurology. In January of 2020, she will assume the role of Director of Student Affairs for Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Tufts University. Her areas of research include pediatric and adolescent sports medicine, and education
Dr Jonathan Lichtenstein, PsyD, MBA, is the Director of Pediatric Neuropsychology and Sports Neuropsychology at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, USA. He is the clinical director of Concussion Chalk Talk, a grant-funded, school-based concussion management program, which places an emphasis on return-to-learn and changing concussion culture in schools. His research and publications in peer-reviewed journals have focused on test administration, effort, recovery, and program evaluation in concussion management.
“There is a crucial need for a complete source of information on the important aspects of concussion for school-aged children. This research-based curriculum provides a comprehensive, practical guide for understanding effective management of concussion to support the best outcomes in recovery. Its competency-based design allows for different school professionals and families to access the information germane to their roles in understanding concussion for school-aged children. I love the convenience of the easy-to-follow charts of competencies for each role. This is a must-have for all schools and sports coaches.”
Cynthia Pahr, MEd, CBIST
Educational Consultant and Brain Injury Services Coordinator, San Diego Unified School District
“As a neuropsychologist who consults with multiple school districts for return-to-play decision making, I was thrilled to read this much-overdue and desperately needed, well-written, comprehensive yet easily digested manual. The authors are modest in their scope with regards to for whom this was written. While this is truly going to be a game-changer for school personnel and educators, it will be equally as useful (and much-needed) for all healthcare professionals working with student athletes. It is an excellent review and “how to” manual for any professional from any discipline who works with concussed students.”
Ted Davis, PhD.
Former Director, Center for Neuropsychology, Learning and Behavioral Medicine, Saint Joseph Hospital, Nashua, USA
“This is a wonderful resource that is well-written and easy to understand. The Brain Injury Alliance of Nebraska is always looking for useful brain injury information that can be shared and used by key school personnel for work with students. The authors of this training manual created the perfect, user-friendly tool which offers easy to read and easy to follow concussion information for school personnel. This training manual is a must have for all schools!”
Peggy Reisher, MSW
Executive Director, Brain Injury Alliance of Nebraska
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