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Graduate Certificate in Sports Neurology and Concussion

Graduate Certificate in Sports Neurology and Concussion

Graduate Certificate in Sports Neurology and Concussion

Sports Neurology and Concussion Certificate

The graduate certificate in sports neurology and concussion is an online program providing advanced instruction in the diagnosis, assessment, treatment, and management of patients with sport-related concussion and neurological injuries.

The purpose of the program is to prepare practicing athletic trainers with advanced knowledge and skills in the sub-specialty of sports neurology and concussion.

Sports Neurology and Concussion Certificate Faculty

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      • Randy D. Danielsen, PhD, DFAAPA, PA-C Emeritus Randy D. Danielsen, PhD, DFAAPA, PA-C Emeritus
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        Randy D. Danielsen, PhD, PA-C, DFAAPA, is dean of A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Health Sciences. Since graduating from the University of Utah Physician Assistant (PA) Program in 1974, Dr. Danielsen has distinguished himself as a clinician, PA educator, author, and editor. He received his BS in Health Science (cum laude) from the University of Utah in 1978, his Masters in PA Studies (MPAS) from the University of Nebraska with an emphasis on Internal Medicine in 1997, and his PhD from the Union Institute & University in 2003 with an emphasis on Medical Education. He completed sixteen years with A.T. Still University as academic coordinator (1995-1997), chair of physician assistant studies (1997-2004), and as dean of the Arizona School of Health Sciences (2004-2010) and recently returned as Dean of ASHS. He was honored in 2010 by A.T. Still University with Emeritus Professor status. He has served on the board of directors of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) and as a board member and chairman for National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

        Earlier in his career, Dr. Danielsen served as president of the Utah Academy of Physician Assistants, the Arizona State Association of PAs, and as chair of the Arizona Regulatory Board for PAs. Retired after 28 years of service in the US Air Force and Army National Guard with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, Dr. Danielsen also is a former president of the Veterans Caucus of the AAPA and was honored with the Caucus’ Civilian PA of the Year Award in 2003.

        Dr. Danielsen was named Outstanding PA of the Year by the AAPA in 1993 and by the Arizona State Association of Physician Assistants in 2011. He currently serves as PA editor-in-chief for Clinician Review. Dr. Danielsen has published over sixteen peer-reviewed articles, eighteen journal editorials, two book chapters, and most recently his first book, entitled The Preceptor’s Handbook for Supervising Physician Assistants, published by Jones & Bartlett Learning. Recently he was selected as a Senior Consultant with the Academy for Academic Leadership.

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      • Annlee Burch, PT, MPH, EdD Annlee Burch, PT, MPH, EdD
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        Dr. Burch is vice dean of the Arizona School of Health Sciences. Her primary responsibility is to serve as chief operating officer of ATSU-ASHS under the direction of the dean. In addition, she leads several university or school wide initiatives including the Diversity Initiative Task Force and the ASHS Adelante Project. In her role, Dr. Burch represents the School in the Dean’s absence.

        Dr. Burch received her Doctor of Education (EdD) from Columbia University, Teachers College in 2005. She received her Masters of Public Health (MPH) from Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health in 2002 and her Masters of Physical Therapy (MS) from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1989. She was a postdoctoral fellow with the Research Group on Health Disparities at Teachers College, Columbia University.

        Dr. Burch received her BA in Psychology from the University of Rochester. Prior to her appointment as Vice Dean, Dr. Burch served as the Chair of Physical Therapy from 2008-January 2012. Prior to coming to ATSU, Dr. Burch was the Director of Physical Therapy at the University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She has held administrative and/or faculty positions at the International Center for the Disabled in NY, NY, Mercy College in NY, and Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY.

  • Chair +

      • Eric Sauers, PhD, ATC, CSCS Eric Sauers, PhD, ATC, CSCS
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        Eric Sauers, PhD, ATC, CSCS, is a tenured full professor and chair of the Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences at the A. T. Still University (ATSU) Arizona School of Health Sciences (ASHS). Dr. Sauers received his bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Seattle Pacific University and his master of science degree in sports health care from ATSU. He completed his doctor of philosophy degree in sports medicine at Oregon State University (OSU).

        As the founding chair of the department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, Dr. Sauers planned and implemented the online Human Movement program and the online Doctor of Health Sciences program, which he currently oversees, in addition to overseeing the Master of Science degree program in Athletic Training, the Human Anatomy Division, and the Biostatistics and Clinical Research Division. Dr. Sauers served as the Director of the Athletic Training Program from 2000 to 2009. His primary research interests are related to the assessment of clinical outcomes and health-related quality of life in athletes following musculoskeletal injury, the examination and rehabilitation of the athletic shoulder and post-professional athletic training education.

        Dr. Sauers has published numerous peer-reviewed scientific articles and given numerous state, regional, and national presentations related to his research. He is the President of the American Society of Shoulder and Elbow Therapists and Vice President of the Commission on the Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. Dr. Sauers is the Associate Editor for Clinical Outcomes for the Journal of Sport Rehabilitation and an Editorial Board member for the Journal of Athletic Training and the Athletic Training Education Journal. Currently, he serves as the Chair of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Post-Professional Education Committee and as a member of the NATA Education Council Executive Committee. Dr. Sauers received the President’s Award from the Arizona Athletic Trainers’ Association, the Distinguished Educator Award from the Rocky Mountain Athletic Trainers’ Association, and was recognized for his dedication to the athletic training profession with the distinction as a Fellow of the NATA.

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      • Tamara McLeod, PhD, ATC, CSCS Tamara McLeod, PhD, ATC, CSCS
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        Tamara Valovich McLeod, PhD, ATC, CSCS ,is the John P. Wood, D.O., Endowed Chair for Sports Medicine, professor and director of the Athletic Training program at A.T. Still University in Mesa, Arizona. Dr. McLeod completed her doctor of philosophy degree in education with an emphasis in sports medicine from the University of Virginia. She is the director of the Athletic Training Practice-Based Research Network and her research has focused on the pediatric athlete with respect to sport-related concussion. Her current work is investigating the short- and long-term effects of pediatric sports concussion as well as recovery following concussion on traditional concussion assessments and health-related quality of life. Dr. McLeod also has research interests regarding gender differences in lower extremity function, specifically neuromuscular control, and postural stability and studies these areas through an injury prevention approach in younger athletes. Dr. McLeod was a contributing author for the NATA Position Statement on the Management of Sport-Related Concussion, the lead author on the NATA Position Statement on the Prevention of Pediatric Overuse Injuries, and a consultant and contributing author on the Appropriate Medical Coverage for Secondary School-Aged Athletes. Dr. McLeod serves on numerous editorial boards, and publishes frequently in the athletic training and sports medicine journals and is a NATA Fellow.

  • Faculty +

      • Tamara McLeod, PhD, ATC, CSCS Tamara McLeod, PhD, ATC, CSCS

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      • Alison Valier , PhD, ATC Alison Valier , PhD, ATC

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      • Barton Anderson, MS, ATC, AT Barton Anderson, MS, ATC, AT

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      • Eric Sauers, PhD, ATC, FNATA Eric Sauers, PhD, ATC, FNATA

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      • Cailee Welch, PhD, ATC Cailee Welch, PhD, ATC

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      • Kenny Lam, ScD, ATC Kenny Lam, ScD, ATC

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      • R. Curtis Bay, PhD R. Curtis Bay, PhD

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      • Sue Falsone Sue Falsone
        PT, MS, SCS, ATC, L-AT, CSCS, COMT, RYT
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      • spacer image for page layout Sara Brown
        MS, ATC
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      • spacer image for page layout Mark Laursen
        MS, ATC
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      • spacer image for page layout Forrest Pecha
        MS, ATC, LAT, OTC, CSCS
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      • spacer image for page layout David H. Perrin
        PhD
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      • spacer image for page layout Karen G. Roos
        PhD, MSPT, ATC
      • Hayley Root Hayley Root
        PhD, MPH, ATC
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      • spacer image for page layout Andrea Lopes Sauers
        PhD
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      • spacer image for page layout Kim Terrell
        MS, ATC
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      • spacer image for page layout Stacey Walker
        PhD, ATC
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      • Richelle M. Williams Richelle M. Williams
        PhD, ATC
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      • spacer image for page layout Andrew P. Winterstein
        PhD, ATC
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      • Amanda Vigil, MBA Amanda Vigil, MBA
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      • Kaylynn Schmitt Kaylynn Schmitt


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Sports Neurology and Concussion Certificate Admissions

  • Requirements +

    • Applicants for admission to the graduate certificate in sports neurology and concussion must meet the following requirements prior to matriculation.

      1. Applicants are required to meet all ATSU and ATSU-Arizona School of Health Sciences (ATSU-ASHS) general admission requirements
      2. Candidates accepted for admission to the program will have earned a bachelor’s or higher degree prior to enrollment from a regionally accredited institution.
      3. Candidates must have achieved a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in their athletic training professional program or a minimum overall graduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
      4. Applicants must provide official transcripts from all educational institutions attended where a degree was conferred.
      5. Applicants to the certificate program must demonstrate Board of Certification (BOC) certification as an athletic trainer.
      6. Candidates must submit an application form.
      7. All students are required to demonstrate proficiency in English when applying to ATSU-ASHS. See the ATSU-ASHS English Proficiency section of the University Catalog for more details.
      8. Candidates are expected to be computer literate and experienced in word processing. All curricula require extensive computer usage. Accepted applicants are required to have a personal computer prior to matriculation and have access to a high-speed Internet connection.
        • See the Minimum Technology Specifications under the General Admission Requirements section.

  • Tuition and Financial Services+

    • Application fee: $70

      Tuition: $534 per credit hour

      Distance programs’ tuition is due the first day of class. For programs with payment per credit or course, the tuition covers the payment for the coming semester. Delinquent tuition penalties accrue at 1.5% per month, which is 18% per year.

      Note: All fees and tuition are subject to change.

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Curriculum

Upon completion of the Graduate Certificate in Sports Neurology and Concussion program, students will be able to:

  1. Integrate the basic science of neurologic injury and tissue healing into the management of neurologic injuries.
  2. Demonstrate advanced knowledge in the recognition, assessment, management, and referral of patients with sport-related neurologic conditions.
  3. Debate current issues related to the recognition, assessment, and management of activity-related traumatic brain injuries.
  4. Analyze current concepts regarding the assessment, management, and referral of patients with comorbid disorders who suffer activity-related traumatic brain injury.

Program outcome: Demonstrate advanced practice athletic training knowledge and skills in the sub-specialty area of sports neurology and concussion.

Length of program: The certificate program consists of four courses that could be completed over a year.

To earn a graduate certificate in sports neurology and concussion, all students must:

  • Complete with a passing grade (“C” or better) all prescribed courses and clinical rotations;
  • Discharge all financial obligations to ASHS-ATSU;
  • File all necessary graduation forms with the ATSU Registrar’s Office, 800 West Jefferson St., Kirksville, MO 63501; 800.626.5266, ext. 2356;

  • Foundations of Sport Neurology +

    • This course is designed to enhance the athletic trainers’ ability to manage neurological injuries resulting from participation in sports and physical activity. Basic science concepts regarding neurological mechanisms of pain, pathophysiology of neurologic injuries, neurodynamics, and the psychological contributions of pain will be discussed. This course will serve as a foundation to the other courses in the Sports Neurology and Concussion track or graduate certificate program.

  • Diagnosis and Management of Neurologic Conditions in Sport +

    • This course is designed to enhance the students’ knowledge and skills regarding the recognition, assessment, management, and referral of patients who present with neurologic conditions. Specific attention will be placed on understanding red flags for various conditions, diagnostic testing, and appropriate care for various conditions. The course will use a mix of online readings, videos, and discussion forums to foster collaboration among students.

  • Classification and Management of Traumatic Head Injury+

    • This course is designed to expand the student’s understanding of traumatic head injury. The course will span the spectrum of head injury from catastrophic head injury with internal hemorrhage to mild traumatic brain injury or concussion. Specifics regarding assessment, treatment, and management will be presented. The course will use a mix of online readings, videos, and discussion forums to foster collaboration among students.

  • Assessment and Management of Complex Patients with Concussion +

    • This course will provide a thorough examination of the treatment of patients with complex medical concerns who suffer a concussion. Specific attention will be focused on the patient’s past medical history and comorbid factors and how these may influence the assessment, treatment, and management of head injuries. The course will use a mix of online readings, videos, and discussion forums to foster collaboration among students.

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