Razorback Sports Medicine Symposium

The University of Arkansas Master of Athletic Training Program and the U of A Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation present:

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18th Annual Razorback Sports Medicine Symposium

Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024

Hillside Auditorium, University of Arkansas, 902 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville

7.0 Board of Certification for the Athletic Trainer Inc. (BOC) continuing education units (CEs) and Arkansas State Board of Physical Therapy CEs are available.

Program Description

This didactic and interactive symposium’s theme is "An Interprofessional Approach to Sports-Related Concussion Rehabilitation" and will focus on rehabilitation interventions for sport-related concussion from leading experts in sport-related concussion management. All sports medicine professionals are welcome to attend.


Online Registration Form
which will record your reservation and accept online payment


Early registration until noon Monday, Jan. 22; regular registration costs apply after noon Jan. 22. Only online payment accepted. The Razorback Symposium does not provide refunds for cancellations. However, the paid registrant can apply the payment to a future symposium.

Lunch will be provided and is included in the symposium fee.

  • Physical therapists/Physical therapist assistants — $110 for early registration and $130 regular registration, CEs provided
  • Athletic trainers — $90 early registration and $110 regular registration, CEs provided
  • Other healthcare provider (physician, nurse, occupational therapist etc.) — $50 early registration and $60 regular registration
  • Healthcare profession student including residents and fellows — $30 (no CEs provided)

For further information please contact Luzita Vela, Ph.D., vela@uark.edu

Schedule in Brief  Subject to Change

A detailed schedule (PDF) also is available.

  • 8-8:30 a.m. — Registration
  • 8:30-8:45 — Conference welcome and introduction
  • 8:45-10 — "Multimodal Approach to Clinical Rehabilitation in the Patient with Sport Related Concussion"" — lecture
  • 10-10:45 — "Behavioral and Mood Regulation in SRC Rehabilitation: Research Implications for Clinical Practice" — lecture
  • 10:45-11 — Break
  • 11-noon — "Concussion Assessment, Management, and Treatment: Bridging the Gap Between the Sideline and the Specialty Clinic" — lecture
  • Noon-1 p.m. — Lunch and poster presentations
  • 1:15-3 — "1. Vestibular Assessment and Rehabilitation" and "2. Cervicogenic Treatment" — breakout sessions
  • 3-3:15 — Break
  • 3:15-4:15 — "Mental Health Considerations for Treatment of Mood Disorders in Patients with Sport Related Concussion" — lecture
  • 4:15-5:30 — "Managing Sport-Related Concussion as an Interprofessional Team" — case-based roundtable

Presenting Faculty

  • Scott Bruce, Ed.D., LAT, ATC, Associate Professor and Associate Dean of Research, Arkansas State University
  • Jessica Danley, M.S., CCC-SLP, BCS-S, CBIS, University of Arkansas Clinical Education Coordinator, Communication Sciences and Disorders and Clinic Director, University of Arkansas Speech and Hearing Clinic
  • R.J. Elbin, Ph.D. — Associate Professor in Exercise Science and Director of the Office for Sport Concussion Research
  • Sheri Fedor, PT, D.P.T., NCS — INOVA Vestibular Physical Therapist and Vestibular Concussion PT Program Director
  • Tyler Goswick, O.T.D., ITOT, PCBIS
  • Brett Gustman, M.S., LAT, ATC, ITAT — Athletic Trainer at INOVA Sports Medicine
  • Sabrina Jennings, Ph.D. — INOVA Sports Medicine Neuropsychologist
  • Sean Stone, PT, D.P.T., NCS — University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Physical Therapist and Adjunct Professor
  • Luke Winslow, PT, D.P.T., OCS, COMT, ATC — UAMS TRM Physical Therapist
  • Melissa Womble, Ph.D. — Director of INOVA Sport Medicine Concussion Program

Symposium Objectives

  1. Understand the value of a multifaceted assessment battery and comprehensive interview to identify concussion clinical profiles
  2. Identify co-occurring symptoms and impairments and their role for prioritizing treatment approaches for concussion
  3. Summarize the targeted treatments for concussion and increase awareness of barriers to adherence
  4. State the roles and interactions for multiple medical specialties working together to provide comprehensive clinical care for concussion
  5. Describe the components of behavioral regulation
  6. State the benefits of behavioral regulation as a first line approach to the management of concussion and its associated clinical profiles
  7. Identify the role of athletic trainers in concussion assessment and management including building an athletic environment that allows for proper care and management of concussion and using appropriate assessment tools to complete a comprehensive concussion assessment
  8. Identify and interpret cervical presentations and movement dysfunctions following a concussion
  9. Recognize test findings to construct treatment programs for patients suffering from cervicogenic dysfunctions
  10. Identify how to administer and evaluate results from a screening tool (VOMS) that is reflective of the vestibular and ocular profiles
  11. Describe basic ocular and vestibular exercises for concussion rehabilitation
  12. Identify the presentation of mood symptoms as it relates to mild traumatic brain injuries
  13. Describe methods of evaluation and treatment of the anxiety/mood profile after mild traumatic brain injury
  14. Describe how an interprofessional practice approach to care for sport-related concussion can improve transitions of care, care quality and patient outcomes

For more information, please contact:

Luzita Vela, Ph.D., LAT, ATC
Teaching Associate Professor and Program Director, Master of Athletic Training Program
University of Arkansas

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The University of Arkansas Master of Athletic Training Program is an approved BOC Inc. provider.

Thanks to the following supporters of the 18th annual Razorback Sports Medicine Symposium: U of A Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation, Arkansas Children's Hospital, Wright's BBQ, Henry Schein U.S. Specialty Distribution Group and the U of A College of Education and Health Professions WE CARE strategic plan.

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