Medical Practice Technical Challenges

Sports Medicine

Concussion: Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment

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November 3rd 2023 - November 4th 2023
Paulo Beckert (MD) , 
Rita Tomás (MD, MS)
Sports concussion is a mild cranial injury that occurs in the context of sports practices.
It is a clinical situation that has gained relevance in Sports Medicine due to its potency for causing damage to the central nervous system.
European and world organizations governing sports (such as UEFA, FIFA, World Rugby) have been promoting literacy in health professionals, athletes and coaches about this clinical issue.

This course is intended for health professionals working in the field of Sports Medicine and monitoring athletes. It is intended to provide participants with knowledge in the area of concussion in sport, namely in the identification and evaluation of a possible concussion on the field of play, clinical follow-up, treatment options and the process of returning to sport.

The Sport Concussion Assessment Tool 6 and Sport Concussion Assessment Tools will be presented. Concussion Office Assessment Tool 6 (adults and children and youth version), and training about application in athletes will be carried out as well.

The different protocols for returning to sports will be discussed, taking into account the contextual aspects of each athlete and their sport.
Using clinical cases (simulations and videos) skills will be developed in the evaluation of athletes with concussion in the field of play and in the context of consultation (deferred evaluation).
Concussion risk reduction/prevention strategies in sport will also be presented.
Doctors working in the field of Sports Medicine (residents with specialty or general training, doctors with postgraduate degrees in Sports Medicine, specialist physicians in Sports Medicine, Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, Orthopedics, General and Family Medicine, Neurology, Neurosurgery, etc).

Nurses and Physiotherapists working in the field of Sports Medicine.
  1. Know the definition of concussion in sport, within the spectrum of mild cranial injury
  2. Recognize a possible concussion and make the general assessment on the field of play
  3. Recognize and apply the Sport Concussion Assessment Tool 6 and Sport Concussion Office Assessment Tool 6; Child Sport Concussion Assessment Tool 6 and Child Sport Concussion Office Assessment Tool 6
  4. Know the follow-up assessment tools of the athlete with concussion
  5. Choose the appropriate treatments for the athlete's complaints and apply the return to play protocol
  6. Recognize concussion with prolonged recovery and possible long-term persistent symptoms
  7. Know the strategies of concussion prevention in different sports
  8. Know the particularities of concussion in sports in children and adolescents, namely in terms of signs, symptoms, treatment, recovery, return to school and sports practice