Introduction to Sports Neuropsychology

(1.5 CE Credits)

Presented by:
Robert L. Conder, Psy.D., ABPP
Clinical, Rehabilitation, & Sports Neuropsychology
Carolina Neuropsychological Service
Neuropsychologist, Duke Raleigh Hospital

Sports Neuropsychology is an emerging subspecialty, especially given the widespread concern over the effects of concussions at all levels of athletic performance. Yearly, an estimated 38 million children and adolescents participate in organized sports, and it is estimated that 1.6-3.8 million youth concussions are sustained yearly. While based in the fundamentals of Neuropsychology, a Sports Neuropsychology framework requires modification in both assessment and treatment methodologies. This presentation will review the neuroscience, assessment, prevention and management of sports concussions. A repeatable, focused and sensitive assessment model for sports concussion will be delineated. Emphasis will be given to pediatric and adolescent return-to-play and return-to-classroom issues. Predictors of prolonged recovery will be explicated, as will treatment interventions which can speed up or maximize the recovery process. The topic of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy will be addressed. A model school-based Concussion Education, Prevention and Management Program will be presented. The implications of Youth Sport Safety Legislation, such as has been introduced in at least 38 states, will be addressed. Finally, suggestions for professional education and training in the field of Sports Neuropsychology will be offered.

After the webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. define a sports concussion, and identify similarities and differences from a traumatic brain injury;
  2. describe management techniques to reduce psychological and academic morbidity post-concussion, including parent, teacher and school consultation;
  3. prepare brief and focused assessment batteries and describe how these differ from a traditional neuropsychological or psychoeducational assessment battery;
  4. explain model guidelines for reduction of sports concussions; and be introduced to educational/advocacy guidelines for parents, players, coaches and schools.
Target Audience:Primarily neuropsychologists who wish to expand their practice to work with athletic populations of any age.

Instructional Level:Introductory

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Neurological Underpinnings and Neuropsychological Outcomes of Concussion

1.5 CE Credits

Presented by:
Gerard A. Gioia, Ph.D.
Division Chief & Professor, Pediatric Neuropsychology
Director, Safe Concussion Outcome, Recovery & Education (SCORE) Program
Children’s National Medical Center
George Washington University School of Medicine

This webinar will discuss our current state of knowledge in the evaluation and management of concussion/mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). Good clinical practice is informed by a solid understanding of the underlying neuropathophysiology of this injury, paired with the functional assessments and treatment. Our current understanding of the neurometabolic cascade and diffuse axonal injury is explored, as well as functional outcomes in the cognitive, behavioral, and social-emotional domains. Participants will learn the range of clinical assessment tools that are currently available. Complementing the assessment process, participants will learn treatment/intervention strategies to support recovery. An active model of rehabilitation, addressing cognitive and social-emotional factors and highlighting the self-efficacy of the recovering person, will be articulated. The benefits of aerobic activation will also be discussed. This course will illustrate how the clinical skillset of the neuropsychologist is ideally suited to the evaluation and management of concussion/mTBI.

After the webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain the underlying pathophysiology and associated clinical presentation of concussion. 
  2. Describe various domains and methods to assess concussion dysfunction.
  3. Discuss targets and models of active treatment and management.

Target Audience: Clinical neuropsychologists with interest in learning current models and methods of serving persons with mild TBI/concussion.

Instructional Level: Introductory to Intermediate

About Gerard A. Gioia, Ph.D.
Dr. Gioia is a pediatric neuropsychologist and Chief of the Division of Pediatric Neuropsychology at Children’s National Health System, where he directs the two Neurobehavioral Evaluation Core Laboratories of the Clinical & Translational Science Institute and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center, as well as the SCORE Concussion Program. He is Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the GWU School of Medicine. Dr. Gioia is a clinician, researcher, teacher/ trainer. He is a researcher interested in the construction of developmentally and psychometrically sound tools to define neuropsychological outcomes in children with various neurologic disorders. He has been active in public health activities, working with the CDC on their “Heads Up” concussion educational toolkits for healthcare professionals, parents, children, coaches and school personnel. Dr. Gioia has participated in the 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016 International Concussion in Sport Group Consensus meetings; the American Academy of Neurology Sports Concussion Guideline Author panel; and the CDC’s evidence based guideline development for mild TBI. He works with the Washington Capitals of the NHL and Baltimore Ravens of the NFL, and consults with youth sports of ice hockey, lacrosse, football, rugby, and soccer. He is the President-Elect of the Sports Neuropsychology Society, and is a member of the Medical Advisory Committee for USA Football; National Advisory Board of the Positive Coaching Alliance; Advisory Council of the former US Surgeon General David Satcher’s National Council on Youth Sports Safety.

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Neuropsychology in Sports-Related Concussion

1.5 CE Credits

Presented by:
Peter Arnett, Ph.D.
Professor & Director
Neuropsychology of Sports Concussion & MS Programs
Penn State University

In this webinar, some current issues in the neuropsychology of sports-related concussion will be reviewed. You will gain a greater understanding of the neuropsychologist’s role in the sports-concussion framework. The importance of measuring depression in the sports-concussion context, of the complexities involved in measuring it, and baseline risk factors for depression will be reviewed. Furthermore, you will learn how cognitive variability at baseline may serve as a risk factor for cognitive decline post-concussion. You will also develop a framework for assessing cognitive functioning post-concussion when no baseline is available. Additionally, exciting new research on genetic risk factors for outcome in sports-concussion will be presented. Finally, some discussion questions will be provided for consideration.


After the webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Summarize the key roles of neuropsychology in sports concussion management.
  2. Identify the impact of motivation on the assessment of neurocognitive functioning in sports concussion.
  3. Describe what predicts depression in sports concussion and explain how it can be measured.
  4. Develop a framework for assessing cognitive functioning post-concussion, even when no baseline evaluation data is available.
  5. Analyze how pre-morbid and injury-related factors, including generic variables such as APOE E4, predict post-concussion symptoms.

Target Audience: Neuropsychologists and other health care professionals involved, or interested in becoming involved, in the management of sports-related concussion who want to understand more about the complexities of measuring cognitive dysfunction and depression in concussed athletes and to learn key factors predicting outcomes in sports concussion that can help guide them in their care and understanding of their athletes. 

Instructional Level: Intermediate 

About Peter Arnett, Ph.D.

Dr. Arnett received his Ph.D. in Psychology (Clinical) from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology at the Medical College of Wisconsin under the direction of Drs. Stephen Rao and Thomas Hammeke. He is currently a Psychology Professor and Director of the Neuropsychology of Sports-Related Concussion and Neuropsychology of MS programs at Penn State University. Dr. Arnett’s research has focused on clinical neuropsychology, with an emphasis on studying secondary influences on cognitive functioning in persons with mild traumatic brain injury/sports concussion and multiple sclerosis (MS).  He is a fellow of NAN, past winner of NAN’s Nelson Butters Award for Research Contributions to Clinical Neuropsychology, current editor of the NAN Bulletin, was Program Co-Chair for the 2010 Mid-Year Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society (INS), and is a past board member of INS.  Dr. Arnett is the author of over 130 research articles and book chapters, has given many national and international talks on sports concussion and MS, and has edited a book entitled, Secondary Influences on Neuropsychological Test Performance. He is currently editing another book entitled, Neuropsychological Perspectives on Sports-Related Concussion that will be published by APA and appear in print in early 2018.  He is an editorial board member of several journals, and has received grant funding from the National MS Society, NIH, and NIMH.  

 

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