The Athlete Brain Series
The Athlete Brain Rehabilitation Course
The Athlete Brain Rehabilitation course will combine the foundations of neuroscience and sports medicine to re-frame our perspectives of rehabilitation and performance.
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)
The nervous system is infinitely complex, even more so when we consider the sensorimotor demands of sport and activity. 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 (e.g., perception-action integration). In addition to these sensorimotor demands, increased stress can affect perception-action integration through the autonomic system. 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 practice may better determine an athlete’s readiness for return to sport for not just orthopaedic injuries and surgeries, but for concussion and vestibular conditions.
The Athlete Brain Rehabilitation course will combine the foundations of neuroscience and sports medicine to re-frame our perspectives of rehabilitation and performance. A top-down approach to assessment and rehabilitation rooted in theories of motor control for activity and sport competition will be implemented. Within this framework, clinical considerations will be discussed for all levels of athletes and expectations for their level of performance. 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 of vestibular, oculomotor, cervicogenic, autonomic, balance, and coordination will be discussed.