The Athlete Brain: Level 1. Katy standing on the sidelines of a football game.

Online Course: The Athlete Brain Series

The Athlete Brain Level 1

Combines the foundations of neuroscience and sports medicine to re-frame our perspectives of rehabilitation and performance.




8 Hours

of Content



Skill Level

Entry to Experienced

The Athlete Brain Series is for practitioners who want to level up their rehab & training strategies to ensure athletes of all abilities can meet the demands of their daily routines, activities, & sport competition.

Katie Mitchell, PhD(c), PT, CAT(C)

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Our nervous system is infinitely complex, even more so when we consider the sensorimotor demands of sport. During a sport competition, an athlete is required to process information in a constantly changing field of play to subsequently make quick, accurate decisions and to successfully execute actions. As clinicians, we need to consider the underlying mechanisms of sensorimotor processing to meet the demands of sport for rehabilitation and performance. Translating this knowledge to clinical practices may better determine an athlete’s readiness for return to sport for not just orthopaedic injuries and surgeries, but concussion and vestibular conditions.

The Course

The Athlete Brain Level 1 course will combine the foundations of neuroscience and sports medicine to re-frame our perspectives of rehabilitation and performance. A modern approach to assessment, rehabilitation, and training will be reviewed. Within this framework, clinical considerations will be discussed for individual athletes and expectations based on an athlete spectrum of training experience. An athlete’s position on the spectrum is adaptable and may be affected by both intrinsic and extrinsic factors. Intrinsic factors may include age and development, sex, and level of expertise. Whereas extrinsic factors may be related to the sport-specific tasks and training environments. Current academic literature will be reviewed, and participants will be provided with supplementary readings for each module. In addition, outcome measures, developments in technology, and other suggestions to improve objective assessment and rehabilitation will be provided.


  • Module 1 - Introduction to the Athlete Brain: An overview of neuroanatomy and neurophysiology as it relates to sensorimotor control for sport,
  • Module 2 - Vestibular-Oculomotor Assessment and Rehabilitation for Athletes: Anatomy, pathology, assessment, and rehabilitation of the vestibular-ocular system,
  • Module 3: Balance Assessment and Rehabilitation for Athletes: Neural mechanisms, assessment, and rehabilitation of balance control and coordination for sport
Course Timeline: Three weekly Zoom calls 1.5 to 2 hrs plus additional 1hr small group case study discussion (approximately 7 hours total).

*Additional 1 hour small group case study discussion & networking call on Zoom and access to an exclusive Facebook group for course members.

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Want to learn more about NeuroSport rehabilitation and the our current research? Check out these featured podcasts below.
The Athletic Perspective Podcast- Ep.7: Balance, Visual Perception, and Injury Rehabilitation
Concussion Talk Podicast: Episode 53- Concussion in Women & Girls (Meaghan Adams, Katie Mitchell, Lauren Ziaks)
Concussion Talk Podcast: Episode 36 – Vision and Recovery After Concussion (Katie Mitchell, MScPT, CAT (C))
Heroic Minds EMPWR Series: Espisode #6 – Dr. Mike Cinelli & Katelyn Mitchell | Unseen Deficits
Level up your clinical practice.