Concussion & Vestibular Rehab – Vancouver 2019

DATE: September 6-8, 2019
9:00- 5:00


Course Description

The long term impact of concussions mTBIs can be devastating. As a clinician, you've likely seen this in practice time and time again. The whiplash patient. The hockey player who took a hit to the head. The elderly patient who slipped on the ice. Aside from the amorphous and debilitating long term psychological changes someone can experience, there are very real and tangible changes that happen in the human body on both microscopic and macroscopic levels.

Despite this, our patients often have a difficult time portraying exactly the information and symptomatology that we might need to assess progress and rehab appropriately. We are often lacking the tools and the insights to engage the full human being?s capacity to heal itself, often because of our segmented understanding of the intricacies of the many working parts.

This course aims to fix that problem for us. Through it you will learn about concussions and vestibular rehab from two distinct perspectives: central mechanisms and peripheral inputs. Most courses in this area focus very heavily on purely anatomical, purely physiological, or algorithmic approaches to bringing a patient through rehab. The intent of this course is to understand the full spectrum of implications and techniques associated with concussion and vestibular rehab from both a central and peripheral viewpoint. There will be a heavy focus on neuroscience with a strong integration with MSK inputs and the techniques that are commonly used in day-to-day practice. A truly full body, integrative approach to concussion and vestibular rehab is explored and practiced over three days

General Course Objectives

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

Course Outline

Day 1

9-11: Introduction to Vestibular Rehabilitation in Post-Concussion Syndrome

11-12:30: Peripheral Vestibular Anatomy and Physiology

12:30-2: Lunch

2-6: Central Vestibular Anatomy and Physiology

Day 2

9-12:30: Vestibular Testing and Differential Diagnosis

12:30-2: Lunch

2-6: Central Nervous System Testing and Differential Diagnosis

Day 3

9-11:30: Vestibular Rehabilitation Techniques

11:30-12:30: Lunch

12:30-3: Vestibular Rehabilitation Techniques/Return to Play

*Note: This is an approximate schedule and is subject to change.

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

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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Fortius Sport & Health

Somatic Senses has partnered with Fortius Sport & Health in Burnaby, BC to host this world-class event. A World Class Facility/Organization combined with World Class Continuing Education is a natural match for everyone.


The Lodge at Fortius has on-site rooms available for participants from out of town. Find out more about the Lodge and how you stay in their comfortable, on-site hotel by CLICKING HERE.

Concussion & Vestibular Rehab – Vancouver 2019

DATE: September 6-8, 2019
9:00- 5:00