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Patient advocacy papers from BI SIG

The Role of Physical Therapy in Individuals with Disorders of Consciousness - by Jennifer Fernandez, PT, DPT, NCS, PCS and Hannah Foster, PT, DPT, NCS

Exercise After Traumatic Brain Injury - by Kimberly Miczak, PT, DPT, NCS

Brain Injury and Depression - by Melissa Mendoza, PT, DPT, NCS

6 minute walk test protocol by Tim Nordahl 


The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is a department of the US Health and Human Services

The content is updated regularly and includes treatment guidelines for practicing clinicians within the field:

The JNPT discussion board

This is an area for professional collaboration and discussion of treatment strategies for patients with vestibular and TBI is another resource  for clinicians in the field.

PT Now: Concussion Resources

This is an ongoing area of development for members of the APTA. Included in the growing body of research are evidence based summaries.

Summary of evidence-based guideline update: Evaluation and management of concussion in sports: Report of the Guideline Development Subcommittee of the American Academy of Neurology


Evidenced Based Review of Moderate to Severe Acquired Brain Injury (ABIEBR)

ABIEBR is a joint project to develop an evidence-based review of the literature for rehabilitation or rehabilitation-related interventions for ABI. The principle of the ABIEBR is to improve the quality of ABI rehabilitation by synthesizing the current literature into a utilizable format and laying the foundation for effective knowledge transfer to improve programs and services.

The ABIEBR was designed to identify two areas:

  1. Areas in rehabilitation for which strong evidence for effectiveness is lacking and therefore require further research;
  2. Areas where the research evidence is strong and should be transferred effectively to improve programs and services.

Center for Disease Control (CDC)

Head’s Up TBI Film Festival, Lending Their Stories to Give Brain Injury A Voice

 The Heads Up Film Festival was organized and supported by the CDC (CDC Foundation). The purpose of the film festival is to prevent traumatic brain injuries by sharing research, resources and the personal stories of those affected by traumatic brain injury.

  1. Former NFL Quarterback, Kurt Warner – speaks about his first concussion and how he now talks to his son about this injury
  2. CDC Injury Center Director, Dr. Linda C Degutis – gives a personal account about how TBI impacted her life
  3. High School Sophomore, Sarah Rainey – Shares a story about struggling in school after a concussion and how taking the right steps aided her recovery

Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation

The Foundation, with funding support from the Ministry of Health and Long- Term Care, works with consumers, researchers, practitioners, policy and decision makers to create not only a research agenda but also knowledge outreach agenda to create the necessary changes to reduce and/or eliminate this devastating injury and to improve the quality of life for those Ontarians living with a neurotrauma injury, including acquired brain injury (ABI).   Recourses include “Guidelines for Mild TBI and Persistant Symptoms”.

Additional Resources for Concussion Specific Topics On the CDC Website:

  1. Main CDC site for concussion related information:
  2. Video depicting what the brain might look like as it moves around in the skull:
  3. A brief overview and scientific discussion of the mechanism of injury from the “Heads Up for Clinicians” section of the CDC. 
  4. A resource for clinicians who suspect that a concussion may have occurred with a review of the potential needs of a client with a concussion:
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