APTA Makes New Commitments at White House Summit to Youth Sports-Related Concussion

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ALEXANDRIA, VA, May 29, 2014 — At the White House Healthy Kids & Safe Sports Concussion Summit hosted by President Obama today the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) joined other organizations representing the sports community, health care practitioners, nonprofits, and other stakeholders in making commitments to enhance research on sports-related concussions; look at strategies, tools, and interventions to prevent, detect, and treat concussions; and educate those charged with keeping kids safe while enjoying sports.

"Physical therapists provide a unique contribution to the concussion care management team, particularly in the areas of balance and vestibular evaluation and rehabilitation," explained APTA President Paul A. Rockar Jr, PT, DPT, MS. "APTA has previously promoted awareness and education of concussions and mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) across the lifespan, and we continue our commitment to research, education, prevention, identification, and treatment through ongoing efforts with clinical practice and policy changes on individual, state, and federal levels. We are honored today to be invited by the White House to participate in this summit and look forward to future work with other stakeholders involved in addressing this important issue."

APTA's commitments include continuing to educate its members through articles, webinars, web-based information, and continuing education programming; developing multidisciplinary standards for treatment of youth with concussion to ensure safe return to activities and sports; sharing resources and information with other stakeholders to raise awareness of the impact of concussion on youth; developing new tools to prevent, identify, and rehabilitate after a concussion; and developing and disseminating resources for parents and coaches on the signs and symptoms of a concussion and what to do if one occurs.

APTA also supports current work being done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) Pediatric Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Guideline Workgroup, which includes 2 member physical therapist experts, and will disseminate these guidelines if consistent with association policy and best practice.

For more information on the signs and symptoms of concussion and how a physical therapist can evaluate and treat many problems related to concussion, visit APTA's Physical Therapist's Guide to Concussion.

The American Physical Therapy Association represents more than 88,000 physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students of physical therapy nationwide. Learn more about conditions physical therapists can treat and find a physical therapist in your area at www.MoveForwardPT.com. Consumers are encouraged to follow us on Twitter (@MoveForwardPT) and Facebook.

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