March is Brain Injury Awareness Month — a great time to think about the role PTs and PTAs play in care for a wide range of conditions resulting from injury. Here are three ways you can keep current.
1. Check Out Brain Injury-Related Learning Opportunities in the Retooled APTA Learning Center
The newly re-envisioned APTA Learning Center is more user-friendly than ever. Check out offerings related to brain injury that cover everything from basic concussion assessment to the neurological factors related to telehealth. Among the opportunities available:
- Get Your Head in the Game: Basic Concussion Assessment and Management (APTA Centennial Lecture Series).
- Concussion: Evidence-Informed Rehabilitation on the C-Spine and Vestibular System.
- Provision of Telehealth: Neurological Considerations.
- New Directions and Considerations in Neurorehabilitation
2. Review Concussion Practice Guidelines Created Specifically for PTs
APTA's Physical Therapy Evaluation and Treatment After Concussion/Traumatic Brain Injury, which debuted in 2020, includes 43 recommendations related to screening, diagnosis, and intervention, as well as decision-tree algorithms, insight on developing and administering a plan of care, and more. Our CPG+ resource provides an overview and includes a link to the full study.
3, Find Your APTA Community
APTA's academies and sections are the place to take a deeper dive into your interests and meet others who share your passion. Interested in understanding more about the PT's role in responding to brain injury? Consider joining the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy, a specialty section of APTA, as well as its Brain Injury Special Interest Group. Another specialty section option: The American Academy of Sports Physical Therapy offers opportunities to learn more about brain injury in the context of sports.