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Post-Concussion Syndrome: Strategies for the Safe and Successful Return to School and Play
Post-Concussion Syndrome: Strategies for the Safe and Successful Return to School and Play


When:  Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description:
Student athletes are dealing with the short- and long-term effects of sports-related concussions, both in the classroom and on the playing field. Attend this seminar and discover the impact that concussion has on the cognitive and linguistic skill sets of students and learn academic modifications and strategies for transitional return to the classroom to help the student succeed. Learn how to create an interdisciplinary concussion team and implement a care plan that works to successfully return students to their pre-injury routines and lifestyles.

You will learn the most current national guidelines and state-specific laws for the return to school, sports and physical recreation. The long-term effects of Second Impact Syndrome will also be discussed. Leave this seminar with a manual that will serve as a fundamental resource for the management of post-concussion syndrome, both on and off the playing field. It includes specific protocols, management strategies, assessment tools, symptomatology lists and national resources.
Please refer to the course brochure for continuing education information.
Learner Objectives:

  1. Define the medical criteria for a diagnosis of concussion.
  2. Identify the multi-disciplinary team members on an ideal post-concussion team and their respective roles.
  3. Recognize the differences between the physical, cognitive and behavioral symptoms of concussion.
  4. State a minimum of 5 circumstances when immediate medical intervention for the student is required.
  5. Differentiate between cognitive- and linguistic-based behavioral changes post-concussion.
  6. Identify the current laws in your state governing a student athlete’s return to sports.
  7. Summarize a minimum of 3 computer software programs and/or Smart Phone Apps designed to more accurately identify concussion in a student athlete.
  8. List the primary components of a comprehensive post-concussion care plan.
  9. Reference the nationally-recognized guidelines for a student athlete’s safe return to the playing field.
  10. Cite a minimum of 3 resources available for the development of educational and prevention activities in the school environment.


Gina England has been a clinical speech pathologist in New Hampshire for over 30 years. During this time, she has worked in a variety of clinical settings across the medical continuum of care including acute care, acute inpatient rehab, skilled nursing, outpatient therapy and neurological day treatment programs. Gina's areas of interest and specialty have included cognitive rehabilitation, aphasia, motor speech, dysphagia and pediatric aquatic speech therapy. Since 2011, Gina has developed a private practice that focuses on the ongoing provision of direct clinical services and the participation in education and training workshops/ seminars across the United States.

Gina has presented at numerous state associations' annual conferences, including the New Hampshire and Vermont Brain Injury Associations and the New Hampshire Multiple Sclerosis Society. In addition to her role as a public speaker, she has also been a part time clinical supervisor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of New Hampshire. She is also adjunct faculty at Granite State College and Nashua Community College, both of which are in New Hampshire.

Gina maintains a New Hampshire state license and ASHA certification in Speech Pathology. She also serves on the governing board for the New Hampshire Speech, Language and Hearing Association as the vice-president for Professional Development. Gina welcomes the opportunity to share her humorous and engaging style of presentation, which allows continuing education to be both fun and functional.


Financial: Gina England is receiving a fee for speaking at this educational activity.

Nonfinancial: : Gina England has presented at the New Hampshire and Vermont Brain Injury Associations' and the New Hampshire Multiple Sclerosis Society's annual conferences. She also serves on the governing board for the New Hampshire Speech, Language and Hearing Association. She has not received compensation as a presenter or as a member of the governing board.
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Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

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