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#THIRDTHURSDAY: Head in the Game: An Update to PT's  Role in Management of Sports-Related Concussion

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When: Thursday, September 17th
Programs starts at 6:15 pm
Where: Zoom Meeting Platform
Presenter: Paul Bissler, PT, DPT, OCS
Contact: Sharon Meyerhoff
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#THIRDTHURSDAY: Head in the Game: An Update to Physical Therapists' Role in Management of Sports-Related Concussion

We invite you to join us from 6:15 - 8 pm on Thursday, September 17th as we welcome Paul Bissler, PT, DPT, OCS to share his insight and expertise on "Head in the Game: An Update to Physical Therapists' Role in Management of Sports-Related Concussion"

Rehabilitation and recovery from sports-related concussions is a field that is constantly evolving. Although other topics have recently taken center stage, concussions have been hot topic in the media and a source of anxiety and uncertainty among athletes and their parents. This presentation will help therapists understand concussion mechanisms, and the normal course of recovery after concussion. It will provide an update on the role of the physical therapist in the multidisciplinary team including screening and diagnosis, objective assessment and interventional tools to facilitate the safe return of athletes to sport. The presentation includes updates based on the clinical practice guidelines from the Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, American Academy of Sports Physical Therapy, Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy, and Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy of the American Physical Therapy Association.

What to expect: 

By the end of this lecture participants will be able to:

  • Define concussion
  • Describe mechanisms which may produce concussion
  • Describe the primary dysfunctions of the neurometabolic cascade following concussion
  • Define the role of the physical therapist in concussion management including screening and diagnosis, examination, and interventions
  • Understand the on-field assessment and sideline assessment of concussion
  • Describe the process of returning to sport following a concussion
  • Define post-concussion syndrome
  • Identify objective clinical assessment tools for the post-concussion patient
  • Describe an exertional protocol and application to patients with post-concussion syndrome


About the Speaker

Paul Bissler, PT, DPT, OCS is the Resource Clinician for Outpatient Physical Therapy at Loyola University Medical Center where he has been employed since 2010. He earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in 2009 and completed a residency in orthopaedic physical therapy at Loyola University Medical Center in 2012. He is a board certified orthopaedic specialist. He has treated patients with concussion since 2011 and is a member of the Loyola interdisciplinary concussion clinic. 





This meeting will be presented virtually via Zoom. Prior to the meeting, you will have to download the free zoom platform to your PC, MAC, iOS, or Android to utilize its capabilities.  Plan to sign in at 6:00 pm and enter your name when prompted.

An email will go out to all those who RSVP'd to attend the course the morning of the #THIRDTHURSDAY. In that email will have important information including the meeting ID # and password. It will also contain the course handouts and the link to complete the post presentation evaluation for CE credit. 

Plan to sign in at 6:00 pm and enter your name when prompted and be ready for the program to begin at 6:15pm.


In order to receive CE certificate for this presentation, attendees will be emailed the morning of the program with a link to complete a short course evaluation.

CE certificate for IPTA members will be awarded to their member profile upon completion of the evaluation.

If you are NOT yet a member of a IPTA, upon completion of the quiz/evaluation please allow 7-10 business days for a CE certificate to be sent to you via the email address provided during registration. 

** As this presentation is being presented LIVE by the presenter, it will count as traditional (in-person) CE.

Note to Nonmembers:  The IPTA welcome you to register and attend any of our upcoming #THIRDTHURSDAY or Spotlight on Research educational programming! One of the many benefits of IPTA membership is the opportunity to receive quality FREE CE (Continuing Education) hosted by the Association throughout the year. In free CE opportunities alone, your APTA/IPTA membership can pay for itself! Do the math – we welcome you to explore the various benefits of IPTA membership by clicking here. You too can be a part of your professional association, click here to join!

Effective beginning 2016, the IPTA will only award nonmembers CE certificates for participation during their first TWO free CE events (#THIRDTHURSDAY or Spotlight on Research).


On the third Thursday of every month, the IPTA invites you to stop by the Chapter Office for our open house events.

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