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October 17-19, 2019

Park City, Utah

2019 International Congress for Athlete Brain Health

Jointly provided by Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and the Athlete Brain Health Foundation

Target Audience

This activity is intended for physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, neuropsychologists, athletic trainers and physical therapists engaged in the care of athletes with neurological conditions and/or injury.

Educational Objectives

The following educational objectives have been established for the activity and will be used as a benchmark for success.


Upon completion of the activity, participants should be better able to:


  1. Define concussion – what it is and, more importantly, what it isn’t

  2. Discuss common concurrent symptom generators

  3. Discuss the appropriate use of rest

  4. Explain long-term risks, degree and frequency of effects from repetitive head trauma

  5. Practice the abilities to recognize concussion and develop a complete differential diagnosis

  6. Apply a comprehensive neurological approach to concussion management and recovery

  7. Provide patients with a critical evaluation of the need to retire or avoid contact sports

  8. Explain that athlete brain health is a life-long concept that is about more than just concussion

  9. Explain the various effects of concussion incidence including acute, persistent and long-term effects.

  10. Summarize the various baseline testing models and the pros and cons of their ability to assist clinically with decision-making at baseline, at injury, return to play and monitoring long-term brain health.

  11. Define and distinguish concussion, persisting symptoms after concussion, and chronic effects of brain trauma as well as develop a clinical approach to recognizing these entities and build a comprehensive, yet focused, process for management.

  12. Describe the current state of biomarkers for athlete brain health.

  13. Discuss ways to coordinate comprehensive neurological care for the in-sport athlete and discuss the roles of the various health disciplines providing care.

  14. Describe headache management in athletes

  • Persistent Symptoms After Concussion: (formerly PCS)

    • Chair: Donna Broshek, PhD: University of Virginia

    • Paige Decker: Headway Foundation 

    • Stan Herring, MD: University of Washington

    • Jamie Pardini, PhD: Banner University Medical Center - Phoenix

  • Mental Health:

    • Chair: Paul Comper, PhD, C.PsychUniversity of Toronto

    • Meeryo Choe, MD: UCLA

    • Michelle Weber Rawlins, PhD, ATC: A.T. Still University

    • Jessica Schwartz, PT, DPT, CSCS: PT2Go

    • B. Maria Dennis: NHLPA

  • Sleep

    • Chair: Christopher Giza, MD: UCLA Steve Tisch BrainSPORT Program

    • David Howell, PhD, ATC: University of Colorado 

    • Rachel Pearson, MD: UCLA Steve Tisch BrainSPORT Program

  • Concussion:

    • Chair: Michael Hutchison, PhD: University of Toronto

    • David Lawrence: University of Toronto

    • Summer Rolin: University of Utah

    • Carrie Esopenko, PhD: Rutgers University

    • Brenda Eagan-Johnson, Ed.D., CBIS: Traumatic Brain Injury Consulting, LLC

  • Brain Health Promotion:

    • Chair: Bill Meehan, MD: Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard

    • Chris Vaughan, Psy.D.: Children's National Hospital

    • Sam Walton, PhD, AT: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • Performance:

    • Chair: Ben Utecht: Former NFL Player

    • Jeffrey Kutcher, MD, FAAN: Kutcher Clinic

    • Caralyn Baxter, DPT: Kutcher Clinic

    • Andrew Gottschalk, MD: Ochsner Health System

    • Jose Posas, MD: Ochsner Health System

    • Justin Anderson, Psy.D., LP: Premier Sports Psychology

  • Long-term Negative Brain Health Outcomes:

    • Chair: Ross Zafonte, DO: Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School

    • Kevin Crutchfield, MD: LifeBridge Health Sports Medicine Institute

    • Nicole Reams, MD: NorthShore Medical Center

    • Dr. Andreas Gonschorek: BG Klinikum Hamburg

    • Etienne Laverse: UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology

    • Haruo Nakayama, MD, Ph.D.: Toho University Ohasi Medical Center

*Faculty continues to be updated, as confirmed.

Program Agenda
Joint Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by the Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and the Athlete Brain Health Foundation.  Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

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Physician Continuing Medical Education

The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 16.5 AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s) ™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with extent of their participation in the activity.

Psychologist Continuing Education

Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  PIM maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Credit designation: This program offers 16.5 continuing education credits for psychologists.

Interprofessional Continuing Education

This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive 16.5 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credit for learning and change.

Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest
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Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM) requires instructors, planners, managers, and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest (COI) they may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified COI are thoroughly vetted and resolved according to PIM policy. PIM is committed to providing its learners with high quality activities and related materials that promote improvements or quality in healthcare and not a specific proprietary business interest of a commercial interest.

Americans with Disabilities Act

Event staff will be glad to assist you with any special needs (i.e., physical, dietary, etc.). Please contact Amy Teddy prior to the live event at (734) 395-1822.