From Research to Clinical Management and the Classroom: the Role of SLPs in Sports Concussion
Central Intermediate Unit 10
Thursday March 12, 2015 9:00 AM - 3:15 PM
Currently, sports concussions are receiving scrutiny secondary to findings that indicate the possibility of long-term negative consequences. This presentation addresses strengths and weaknesses of current concussion tools, the need to develop better identification and intervention methods, and recovery outcomes. The role of speech-language pathologists in the management of this population is discussed in-depth.
This presentation will provide attendees with an overview of sports-related concussions and an understanding of how the profession of Speech-Language Pathology can impact the care and management of individuals following a concussion. Speech-Language Pathologists (SLP) have provided services in the area of traumatic brain injury (TBI) for many decades; however, we are often the forgotten profession when it comes to sports-related concussions. And yet, SLPs are well positioned to be involved with students and athletes who sustain concussive injuries.
As the only profession specifically trained to provide both cognitive and language rehabilitation therapy, the SLP plays a critical role in the return of a student to academics and in the recovery process. In school and clinical settings, speech-language pathologists (SLPs) have the opportunity to be the first line of defense for students following sports concussions (Denslow et al, 2013). An SLP receives training specific to cognition and brain injury and may provide both diagnostic and therapeutic interventions for executive functions, attention, memory, learning, information processing, and other areas impacted by brain injury. The services provided by an SLP have the potential to influence the proper identification, management, and services for individuals following sports-related concussions.
Participants will be able to:
- Discuss risk factors, recovery rates, and legislation related to sports-related concussions in young athletes and understand at a level sufficient to provide education in their clinical or school setting.
- Identify and list various evaluation methods for individuals with sports-related concussions, understanding the strengths and weaknesses and appropriateness for SLPs.
- Identify and list appropriate intervention and treatment methods for different areas of deficits following concussions.