The Final Puzzle Piece: Advanced Concussion Exercise Prescription
Nichole Volstad, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT; Christina Gomez, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, FAAOMPT, CSCS
Creatively transitioning concussion interventions into sport-specific exercises can be challenging. As rehabilitation progresses from simple tasks following injury into higher level activities, it is important to consider the demands on the vestibular, ocular, cervical, and proprioception systems for each sport. This interactive session will include lab experience and case study discussion to develop the attendee’s skill set in effectively and confidently creating a sport-specific concussion rehabilitation program.
- Using case studies and lab the participants will:
- Review common physiological systems altered by a concussion.
- Discuss and perform sport-specific exercises that isolate a single system post-concussion.
- Progress the single-system exercises into advanced, multi-model interventions to assist with smooth return to sport.
Christina Gomez, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, FAAOMPT, CSCS is the Coordinator for the Houston Methodist Sugar Land orthopedic physical therapy residency program and a faculty mentor for the Institute for Athlete Regeneration sports and orthopedic manual fellowship program. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Physical Therapy from Texas Woman’s University. She is fellowship and residency-trained in orthopedic manual physical therapy and board-certified in orthopedic and sports physical therapy. Christina, a former high-level gymnast, is originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico and graduated with her Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of New Mexico in 2010. Christina is on the Orthopedic Section’s Independent Study Course advisory panel, on the Communication committee for the Residency and Fellowship Education SIG for the Education Section, and holds the position of Second Vice Co-Chair in the Southeastern District of the Texas Physical Therapy Association (TPTA). Christina is a member of the APTA’s Education, Orthopedic, and Sports sections, AAOMPT, and the TPTA. Her interests include post-concussion syndrome and psychosocial aspects of injury.
Nichole Volstad, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Miami and completed her Orthopedic Residency from Houston Methodist Sugar Land. She now serves as an adjunct faculty member and mentor for the residency program. Nichole is also a former NCAA Division 1 soccer player and completed a sport focused manual fellowship with the Institute of Athlete Regeneration. Her research and presentations focus on the biomechanics of kicking, return to sport predictors for Division 1 female collegiate athletes and use of Buffalo Protocol following concussion.