2019 Spring Conference


Saturday, March 30, 2019 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (6 Contact Hours)
Sunday, March 31, 2019 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (6 Contact Hours)


Until March 10
March 10 to March 22
PTs – APTA Member $395   | $495
PTAs – APTA Member $315   | $415
OTs – APTA Member $395   | $495
OTAs – APTA Member $315   | $415
Non-Members $495   | $655

Concussion Evaluation and Management: Implications for Physical Therapists
Anne Mucha PT, DPT, MS, NCS

12 hours

PTs, PTAs, OTs and OTAs

The CDC has determined that concussion a high priority public health initiative, due to high prevalence and potentially serious long-term consequences that may arise from incomplete recovery and improper management. Most physical therapists, regardless of specialty (sports, orthopedic, neurologic, geriatric, pediatric, federal, acute care, etc.), are likely to encounter patients with concussion in their clinical practice. Despite its designation as a mild traumatic brain injury, approximately 20% of patients with concussion may not experience a quick recovery, resulting in significant disruption to the performance of work, school and life roles. The role of the physical therapist as a member of the team managing concussion is integral, due to the frequency of cervical, vestibular oculomotor and return to activity needs encountered by these patients. This course will review the current information with respect to pathophysiology, epidemiology and biomechanics of concussion, along with pertinent evidence regarding diagnosis and negative outcome following this injury. A proposed framework for classification following concussion will be discussed, along with screening, evaluation and management strategies to influence the course of recovery following concussion.

At the conclusion of the course, participants should be able to:

  1. Describe the pathophysiology and epidemiology of concussion
  2. Discuss the latest research and guidelines related to concussion
  3. Describe factors that contribute to prognosis and outcome following concussion
  4. Identify common abnormal findings following concussion and potential interventions
  5. Identify methods for screening vestibular and ocular motor function
  6. Describe considerations for recovery following concussion
  7. Discuss the importance of a team approach in the effective management of individuals with concussion and the role of physical therapists on the treatment team

Saturday – DAY ONE
7:30 – 8:00 | Registration opens
8:00 – 9:30 | Pathophysiology, epidemiology, diagnosis, risk factors, intro to clinical profiles
9:30 – 9:45 | Morning break
9:45 – 12:00 | PT Evaluation: Vestibular and Oculomotor
12:00 – 1:00 | Lunch on your own
1:00 – 2:30 | PT Evaluation: Cervical and Headaches
2:30 – 2:45 | Afternoon break
2:45 – 3:45 | PT Evaluation: Exertion
3:45 – 4:00 | Q&A
4:00 | Course concludes for the day

Sunday – DAY TWO
7:30 – 8:00 | Registration opens
8:00 – 8:30 | Clinical Profile Review
8:30 – 9:00 | Medical Management of Concussion
9:00 – 9:30 | Return to Activity
9:30 – 9:45 | Morning break
9:45 – 11:45 | Case Studies illustrating evaluation and treatment (part 1)
11:45 – 12:45 | HAPTA Chapter Meeting (lunch provided)
12:45 – 2:00 | PT Evaluation: Cervical and Headaches
2:00 – 2:15 | Afternoon break
2:15 – 3:45 | Case Studies illustrating evaluation and treatment – including persistent PCS (part 3)
3:45 – 4:00 | Q&A
4:00 | Course concludes

HAPTA Conf Page HeadshotAnne Mucha PT, DPT, MS, NCS is the Coordinator of Vestibular Rehabilitation for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Sports Concussion Program and UPMC Centers for Rehab Services. With over 20 years in treating individuals with neurologic conditions, she is also actively involved in clinical research related to the evaluation and management of patients following concussion. Dr. Mucha served as a member of the CDC panel of experts to develop clinical guidelines for diagnosis and management of mild traumatic brain injury among children and adolescents. She received her Bachelor’s and Advanced Master’s degrees in Physical Therapy from the University of Pittsburgh; and her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Temple University. Dr. Mucha is a national and international lecturer on topics related to concussion and is an adjunct faculty member in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh.

75-5597A Palani Rd
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 96740

All APTA members are eligible for discounted member rates, regardless of chapter membership. You must be a member in good standing as of the date of the conference to be eligible for all member rates. Registrants who have a membership expiration date prior to the conference must provide proof of membership renewal before the conference begins or they will be subject to paying the nonmember rate. New APTA members who do not yet have a member number must submit a copy of their membership application form or emailed confirmation to receive the member rate. OTs  and OTAs may register for courses at the member rate only if proof of AOTA membership accompanies their registration form or is received via email to info@hapta.org prior to the conference. OTs and OTAs who do not provide proof of membership prior to the conference will be subject to paying the nonmember rate.

To cancel, email HAPTA at info@hapta.org or call (800) 554-5569 x113. Cancellations received by March 10, 2019  will receive a full refund minus a $25 cancellation fee. Cancellations received between March 10 and March 22, 2019 will receive a 50% refund. There will be no refunds after March 22, 2019. Unless there is a waiting list for the course, substitutions will be accepted at no charge until March 22, 2019. All substitutions must be for the same member type and rate and are at the discretion of HAPTA chapter staff. No substitutions will be accepted after March 22, 2019 or if the course has a waiting list.

In the unlikely event that HAPTA must cancel this conference, HAPTA will provide a refund of registrations fees. HAPTA will not be responsible for additional costs, such as travel incurred by registrants.

The 2019 HAPTA Spring Conference course is sponsored by HAPTA. Pursuant to HRS section 461J-10.13, physical therapist continuing competence units must be obtained from a provider or agency approved by the Hawaii Board of Physical Therapy. The Hawaii Chapter of the American Physical Therapy (“HAPTA”) is a board-approved provider of continuing competence units and certifies that this course is applicable to the physical therapy scope of practice in the state of Hawaii. PTs and PTAs from other states who wish to attend this course must contact their licensing board to determine if the course meets the continuing competence rules and guidelines for their state and/or licensing board. OTs and OTAS from any state who wish to attend this course must contact their licensing board to determine if the course meets the continuing competence rules and guidelines for their state and/or licensing board.

If you have any questions about this conference, please contact Nicole Kinney, HAPTA Executive Director, at nicole@hapta.org or (800) 554-5569 x113.

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