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Concussion and Mild Traumatic

Brain Injury
Implications for the Physical Therapist

Anne Mucha, PT, DPT, MS, NCS

Coordinator of Vestibular Rehabilitation
Sports Concussion Clinic &
Centers for Rehab Services
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

April 21st 22nd, 2018

Stonewall Resort, Roanoke, WV

12 Hours of CE Offered*
*Courses offered by WVPTA are automatically approved for CE units by the WV Board of Physical Therapy. Approval of
this course does not necessarily imply that the WV Board of Physical Therapy supports the views of the presenter or sponsor.

PA Board Approval: WVPTA is a pre-approved provider per Section 40.67 of the Pennsylvania Regulations
MD Board Approval: WVPTA is a pre-approved provider as a Component member of the APTA
OH Board Approval: Seeking Ohio Board Approval
Course Description

The CDC has determined that concussion is a high priority public health initiative, due to high prevalence and
potentially serious long-term consequences that may arise from incomplete recovery and improper management.
Most physical therapists, regardless of specialty (sports, orthopedic, neurologic, geriatric, pediatric, federal, acute
care, etc.), are likely to encounter patients with concussion in their clinical practice. Despite its designation as a
mild traumatic brain injury, approximately 20% of patients with concussion may not experience a quick recovery,
resulting in significant disruption to the performance of work, school and life roles. The role of the physical
therapist as a member of the team managing concussion is integral, due to the frequency of cervical, vestibular,
oculomotor and return to activity needs encountered by these patients. This course will review the current
information with respect to pathophysiology, epidemiology and biomechanics of concussion, along with pertinent
evidence regarding diagnosis and negative outcome following this injury. A proposed framework for classification
following concussion will be discussed, along with screening, evaluation and management strategies to influence
the course of recovery following concussion.

Speaker Biography

Anne Mucha, PT, DPT, MS, NCS is the Coordinator of Vestibular Rehabilitation for the UPMC Sports
Concussion Clinic and Centers for Rehab Services. She is a board certified clinical specialist in Neurologic
Physical Therapy and has advanced certification in vestibular rehabilitation. With over 20 years in treating
individuals with neurologic conditions, she is also actively involved in clinical research related to the evaluation
and management of patients following concussion. Dr. Mucha serves as a member of the CDC panel of experts to
develop clinical guidelines for diagnosis and management of mild traumatic brain injury among children and
adolescents. She received her Bachelors and Advanced Masters degrees in Physical Therapy from the University
of Pittsburgh; and her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Temple University. Dr. Mucha is a national and
international lecturer on topics related to concussion and is an adjunct faculty member in the School of Health and
Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh.

Conference Learning Objectives

Describe the pathophysiology and epidemiology of concussion
Discuss the latest research and guidelines related to concussion
Describe factors that contribute to prognosis and outcome following concussion
Identify common abnormal findings following concussion and potential interventions
Identify methods for screening vestibular and ocular motor function
Describe considerations for recovery following concussion
Discuss the importance of a team approach in the effective management of individuals with concussion and
the role of physical therapists on the treatment team
Conference Schedule

Friday, April 20, 2018

10:00-11:00 Golf Scramble Registration Table Opens GOLF CLUBHOUSE

11:00 4:00 WVPTA Annual Golf Scramble STONEWALL RESORT

12:00 10:00 Exhibitor Set-Up

4:00 6:00 Committee Meetings (optional)

5:00 8:00 Dinner in Stillwater's Restaurant

Reservations suggested - call 304-269-8880

6:00-8:00 Board of Directors Dinner and Meeting MAPLE ROOM

8:00-10:00 Welcome Reception- Wine Tasting & Prizes BALLROOM 1

Cash Bar Also Available

Saturday, April 21, 2018

7:00-7:30 Exhibitor Set-up FOYER/BIRCH ROOM

7:30-6:00 Exhibits Open FOYER/BIRCH ROOM

7:00-7:45 Registration/Continental Breakfast FOYER

8:00-4:15 Silent Auction Open BIRCH ROOM

7:45-8:00 Welcome and Introduction BALLROOM 2

Carrie Abraham, PT, DPT, MPH - WVPTA President

8:009:30 Programming (1.5 CEU) BALLROOM 2

9:3010:00 Break/Visit Exhibitors FOYER/BIRCH ROOM

10:00-12:00 Programming (2.0 CEU) BALLROOM 2

12:002:00 WVPTA Annual Meeting Luncheon BALLROOM 1

(Lunch is included in conference registration fee)
State of the Association Address
Carrie Abraham, PT, DPT, MPH
WVPTA Committee Reports
WVPTA Committee Chairs
APTA Update
WVPTA Awards and Recognition
2017 Physical Therapist Assistant Excellence Award
WVPTA 2018 Election Results
Platform Presentations (.5 CEU)

2:00-3:30 Programming (1.5 CEU) BALLROOM 2

3:30-4:00 Break/Visit Exhibitors FOYER/BIRCHROOM

4:00-5:30 Programming (1.5 CEU) BALLROOM 2

6:00-8:00 Dinner on your own time. Cost included in hotel registration. Stillwater's Restaurant is
open from 5:00-10:00 pm. Call 304-269-8880 to make reservations for dinner.

6:30-8:00 PAC- First Annual Spring into ACTION 5K run/walk START/FINISH


8:00-9:00 3nd Annual PT on Tap OUTSIDE FIRE PIT

Join your fellow physical therapists to discuss and collaborate on clinical practice and
research ideas! Cash Bar Available

Sunday, April 22, 2018

7:008:00 Continental Breakfast FOYER

7:00-12:00 Exhibits Open

7:00-8:00 Roundtable Discussions (1 CEU) BALLROOM 2

Reimbursement, State Legislative Issues,
Federal Legislative Issues, Membership,
Ethics & Social Media

8:0010:00 Programming (2 CEUs) BALLROOM 2

10:0011:00 Poster Presentations/Break BALLROOM 1

11:001:00 Programming (2 CEUs) BALLROOM 2

1:00 2:00 PTA Business Meeting OAK ROOM

Bryanna Ordiway, PTA

2:00 - 3:00 Board & Committee Post Conference Evaluation STILLWATERS

Miscellaneous Conference Information

Seventh Annual Peer Reviewed Poster Presentations on Sunday, April 22, 2018

We are pleased to announce the seventh annual peer reviewed Physical Therapy Poster Presentations for the state of
West Virginia. WVPTA is pleased to provide this poster and research opportunity for faculty, students and clinicians
and hope that we can broaden our knowledge through continued research and education.

The posters will be on display Sunday morning during the conference from 10:00 am 11:00 am. The presenters
will be available during this time at their poster for Q&A/discussion.

Hourly prizes will be given away throughout the lectures, as well as large grand finale prize drawings at the
conclusion of the conference on Sunday. Prizes include: golf packages, a whitewater rafting trip, restaurant gift
cards, an HD Flat screen TV, and much more!

Conference Location
The Stonewall Resort in Roanoke, WV is located just 2 miles off Interstate 79 at exit 91 and is accessible from all
major metropolitan areas within a 4-hour driving radius. Stonewall Resort is a little over one hour north of
Charleston, WV and 2 hours south of Pittsburgh, PA. By car take the Roanoke exit (91) from I-79 and follow the
signs to Stonewall Resort. Go to and click on driving directions for more detailed

Lodging Reservations
There are a limited number of rooms being held at the Stonewall Resort at $219 single occupancy and $155 per
person, double occupancy, for two attendees. This rate includes dinner in Stillwater's Restaurant, breakfast in the
lecture hall, plated, sit down lunch in the banquet hall, and refreshments during all breaks throughout the course of
the day. (If the conference attendee is sharing the room with a spouse/guest who is not attending the conference,
there is a discount) Onsite parking, in-park shuttle service, high speed internet access and WIFI, use of fitness
equipment, indoor/outdoor pool, sauna, steam room, paddle boats, canoes, kayaks, excursion boat, mountain bikes,
basic fishing equipment and many other amenities are included in a standard $10.00 resort fee.

Please call the in-house reservations department at 304-269-7400 to make your room reservation. In order to
ensure the contracted room rates at the time of the call, attendees must identify themselves as being part of West
Virginia Physical Therapy Association. Reservations should be made no later than March 21, 2018. Individuals
will need to provide a credit card upon check in.

GOLF: WVPTA will host the 5th Annual Golf Scramble on Friday, April 20, 2018. Everyone is welcome to
participate. Please visit the WVPTA website (

PAC: The Political Action Committee is hosting its first annual Spring into ACTION 5K run/walk to raise
money for funding needed for political action(s) that occur during the year. The entry fee is $20.00 per
person. Appalachian Timing Group will be providing official time for the event. Everyone is welcome to
participate, however the deadline to pre-register and receive a tee shirt is March 23rd, 2018. Please visit
the WVPTA website ( for details.
You can sign up the day of the event. Donations accepted without entry in run/walk.
To pre-register, volunteer, or help sponsor the event please contact:
Brad Profitt, PAC chair, at or call 304-696-5619.
3 Easy Ways to Register:

1. Fax this form to the State Chapter office (304)733-6486

2. Website: (click Registration Form)
3. Mail this form and check (payable to WVPTA) to the WVPTA, 650 Main St., Barboursville, WV 25504.

For more information contact Johnna Gaunch by phone at (304)733-6484 (or toll free 1-844-490-2568)
or by email at







Will you be joining us for the WVPTA General Membership Luncheon? Yes No
(Included in registration fee) Please check if you would like a vegetarian lunch

Mark all that apply: PT PTA Student

APTA/WVPTA Membership Number __________

Registration Fees:
Saturday & Sunday $340 $290 $65 $440 $370 $85
Saturday only $250 $215 $45 $325 $270 $55
Sunday only $140 $125 $25 $175 $140 $35

Total Amount Enclosed $_________________

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations received by Friday, April 13, 2018 will receive full refund of the registration fee. No refunds
after April 13, 2018.
Group Discount Policy: A discount will be applied to registrations of PTs and PTAs registered as a group. A 5% discount for 5
registrations, 10% for 10 registrations and 15% for 15 registrations. Students are exempt from the discount. Please contact the
Chapter office to register a group.


In a continuing effort to go green, course materials will be available to registrants on the website prior to and after the course. You
will receive information about accessing the course materials once you have registered. Course handouts will NOT be provided
onsite. The location has available Wi-Fi if you would like to utilize your electronic devices to view the handouts during the course or
please print the materials prior to arrival.