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Digital Seminar

Evidence-Based Concussion Prevention & Management in Athletics: Effective Safety, Assessment, & Return-to-Play Strategies

Rod Walters, DA, ATC
5 Hours 06 Minutes
Audio and Video
May 20, 2016
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Digital Seminar


Concussion Lawsuits? Student Athletes Unionizing?

Head off Trouble with Sound Safety Measures

The importance of protecting athletes from lasting concussion damage has been underscored by recent litigation and statutes introduced in all 50 states addressing concussions and return to play. But concussion management continues to challenge athletic programs and sports medicine teams regardless of the level of sport, with nearly 4 million concussions reported each year. This course is your comprehensive guide to concussion prevention, assessment, and management, as well as baseline testing and emergency action planning. In addition, the final section covers supervision and administration of athletic training services based on recent best practices. 

In this recording, you'll learn how to reduce concussion risk and make return-to-play decisions with clinical certainty — led by collegiate athletic training veteran and NATA Hall of Famer, Rod Walters.


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NOTE: Tuition includes one free CE Certificate (participant will be able to print the certificate of completion after completing the on-line post-test (80% passing score) and completing the evaluation). 

Continuing Education Information:  Listed below are the continuing education credit(s) currently available for this non-interactive self-study package. Please note, your state licensing board dictates whether self-study is an acceptable form of continuing education, as well as which credit types are acceptable for continuing education hours. Please refer to your state rules and regulations. If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, please contact or 800-844-8260 before the event.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of your profession.  As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your profession's standards.  

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Physical Therapists - California Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

PESI, Inc. is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approval agency to approve providers. This self-study lecture qualifies for 5.0 continuing competency hours.

Physical Therapists - Texas Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

This activity is provided by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners Accredited Provider #2106032TX and meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in Texas. This activity will provide 5.0 CCUs. The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.

Physical Therapists - Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

This self-study course consists of 5.0 clock hours of instruction that is applicable for physical therapists. CE requirements for physical therapists vary by state/jurisdiction. Please retain the certificate of completion that you receive and use as proof of completion when required.

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PESI, Inc. is a Registered Physical Therapy Continuing Education Sponsor through the State of Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Division of Professional Regulation. License #: 216.000270. This self-study course qualifies for 5.0 CE credit hours.

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PESI, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department, State Board for Physical Therapy as an approved provider for physical therapy and physical therapy assistant continuing education. This self-study course qualifies for 6.0 contact hours.

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This self-study activity qualifies for 5.0 continuing education clock hours as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your activity advertisement and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.



Rod Walters, DA, ATC's Profile

Rod Walters, DA, ATC Related seminars and products

Rod Walters, DA, ATC, has worked as a concussion spotter for the National Football League and helped establish a concussion management program within Major League Baseball, bringing to bear over 25 years of experience in athletic training.

As a consultant in sports medicine, he serves as a resource to many sports leagues, colleges, and high schools regarding implementation of objective assessments, and he is often sought for his expertise reviewing institutional procedures related to healthcare. In addition to his consulting work, he is an active member of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine and the National Athletic Trainers Association. Having received the NATA’s Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer award and served on the board of directors, he was inducted into NATA’s Hall of Fame in 2005.

Dr. Walters has been active in the field of athletic training since his graduation from Appalachian State, where he received his undergraduate and Master’s degrees. He went on to earn his Doctor of Arts in Physical Education from Middle Tennessee State University and now brings his expertise across the country with his athletic training seminars.


Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Rod Walters is president of Walters Inc. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Rod Walters is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association; South Carolina Athletic Trainer Association; and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.

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  1. Discuss the components of an emergency action plan
  2. Summarize and apply the concepts of procedures vs. policy relative to administration of athletic healthcare
  3. Compare the challenges and differences in providing healthcare vs. coverage
  4. Analyze components of medical care for sport populations
  5. Assess common signs and symptoms of concussion based on the current research
  6. Analyze results of concussion tests for specific populations (neuropsychological, vision, balance, graded symptoms checklist) with an objective basis of assessment


  • Review definitions & the history of concussions
  • Application of parameters for concussion assessment
  • Concussion assessment, including baseline testing, post-injury assessment, & return-to-play decisions
  • Overview of tools for concussion assessment
  • State Laws
  • Lab - Objective Assessment Practice
  • Independent Medical Care
  • Supervision of athletic trainers
  • Involving team physicians in formal institutional roles
  • Contact Sport Guidelines
  • Best Practices
  • Emergency Action Plan

Target Audience

  • Athletic Trainers
  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Rehab Managers
  • Administrators of Sports Leagues
  • Athletic Directors
  • Coaches
  • Parents


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