Concussion Assessment: From Acute to Chronic

The first course in a three-part series, this three-day weekend will consist primarily of assessment of both acute and chronic concussions and their associated syndromes.


Part 1 (this course)

Part 2

Part 3

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) has been called “the most complicated disease of the most complex organ of the body”. Concussion is recognized as the most common sports injury in children and young adults, accounting for 1 of every 10 sports-related injuries. Up to 20% of those who suffer a concussion will experience prolonged symptoms and functional limitations for over three months post head injury.

Rest has been traditionally used as the main line of therapy for concussions. Recently it has been reported that long-term rest after a concussion not is not an effective therapy for concussion and has a probability of making a person worse over an extended period of time. As the world continues to learn about concussions, it is important for health care providers to stay up to date with the most current evidence regarding concussion assessment and management.

This course will review the pathophysiology of concussion, the evidence-based assessment of concussion, and specific rehabilitation procedures which have been shown to be effective for concussion. No two concussions are identical, and therefore in this course there is an emphasis on examination skills. Based on each individuals examination findings, personalized treatment protocols will be taught.  At the completion of this three-part course, all learners will understand the science of concussion as well as the most appropriate ways to manage a concussion.

General Course Objectives (for the three part series)

At the end of the course, participants should be competent to demonstrate:

  • Understanding of all pertinent anatomy and physiology related to concussions and vestibular problems, including: cervical spine, inner ear, and vision system
  • Understanding of all pertinent central nervous system anatomy, including brain topography, gross anatomy, and nuclei
  • Understanding of all appropriate reflexes associated with testing and understanding the state of the human nervous system
  • Understanding of the intricacies and interconnections of the varying anatomical areas of the body as well as the neurological and physiological interplay between disparate systems
  • Understanding of pertinent neuroscience and assessment thereof
  • Understanding of what tests and assessments to do when and why
  • Understanding of the integrations of balance, hand-eye coordination, and cognition
  • Understand the value of a multimodal assessment, including significantly more than the traditional testing measures
  • Capacity in testing, assessment, and differentiation of the many aspects of concussion and vestibular rehab
  • Capacity in administering, progressing, regressing, and appropriately altering rehab programs according to patient presentations

Weekend 1: Concussion Assessment

Each head injury is unique and requires a comprehensive examination that emphasizes cognition, memory, vision, eye movements, balance, coordination and hearing. Autonomic testing, cranial nerve testing, and sensorimotor testing is required in a comprehensive concussion evaluation. This course will review the anatomy and physiology behind the concussion examination. Learners will be provided hands on time to learn the psychomotor aspects of the examination. By the end of this course learners will feel comfortable understanding and performing the examination of a concussed patient.

Managing Dizziness After Concussion

Watch a recent chat we had with Dr Traster about the vestibular system in dizziness, post-concussion.

Your Instructors


Your Instructor

Dr David Traster


Assistant Professor: Carrick Institute for Graduate Studies in Clinical Neuroscience.

Dr. Traster lectures around the world on translating clinical research into clinical practice for the appropriate management of neurological conditions such as concussions, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, dizziness, balance/gait disorders, chronic pain, and childhood developmental disorders.  Dr. Traster also speaks on how to improve human performance in athletics, academics, and in corporate jobs by better understanding the brain. Dr. Traster has received a Diplomate in Chiropractic Neurology by the American Chiropractic Neurology Board, as well as a Fellow in Brain Injury and Rehabilitation and Vestibular Rehabilitation by the American College of Functional Neurology. He is a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician through the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Medicine. Certified practitioner in Applied Kinesiology through the International College of Applied Kinesiology.  Certified personal trainer with specialties in performance enhancement and corrective enhancement through National Academy of Sports Medicine.  He has been a co-author on over 55 case study publications in the journal of Frontiers Neurology relating to rehabilitation of neurological disorders.In a very short time,

Dr. David Traster has made his mark in both clinical practice and as an educator to doctors from around the world. He believes the key to health is in the management of mental health, neurological health, physical health, and nutritional/metabolic health. Dr. Traster is the co-owner and director of clinical operations and training at The Neurologic Wellness Institute in Chicago, Illinois.

Dr. Traster specializes in a wide range of patients such as the treatment of elite athletes for performance optimization, as well as the most complex cases, including but not limited to, concussions, dizziness, Lyme disease and other chronic infections, brain trauma, neurodevelopmental disorders, neurodegenerative disorders, neuropsychiatric disorders and movement disorders.

Dr. Traster holds a Master's degree in Sports Health Science, a Diplomate through the American Chiropractic Neurology Board, a Fellowship through the American Board of Brain Injury and Rehabilitation, is a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician through the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians, an assistant professor for the Carrick Institute for Graduate Studies, and is a certified practitioner of Applied Kinesiology.

Dr. Traster has taught around the world for doctors in all professions and has developed a Fellowship program on Vestibular Rehabilitation for the advanced training in conditions such as vertigo/dizziness, post-concussive syndrome, chronic pain, headaches/migraines, and other complex neurological presentations. Patients fly from around the world to Dr. Traster’s Chicago based clinic for his care.


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Concussion Assessment: From Acute to Chronic

DATE: Sep 11-13, 2020
9:00- 5:00 (subject to change)
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada


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