Physiotherapist Matthias Muller and Dr. Virji-Babul will be joining us in circle to discuss the effects of sports concussion on our young Indigenous athletes competing in a variety of sports. Matthias will discuss his clinical impressions regarding concussions and appropriate management. Topics will include: what defines a concussion, and our current clinical understanding on management and rehabilitation. Matthias will also discuss Post Concussion Syndrome, common myths/misconceptions, and the importance of baseline testing.
Dr. Virji-Babul will be focusing on the changes that occur in the brain after a concussion, describing both the changes in brain structure and function. She will also discuss the effects of these changes on brain development and recovery.
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PowerPoints accompanying the presentation:
Matthia’s PowerPoint Presentation and Dr. Virji-Babul’s PowerPoint Presentation
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About the Presenters:
Matthias Muller is a practicing Physiotherapist in Prince George, BC. He earned his Masters in Physiotherapy in Saskatoon at the University of Saskatchewan. Matthias grew up in Terrace and moved to Prince George with his wife upon graduation. He currently works at Physio North Sports and Wellness Centre and specializes in Concussion Rehabilitation. Outside the clinic Matthias loves spending his time rock climbing, backcountry skiing and biking around northern BC.
Naznin Virji-Babul, P.T. PhD
Dr. Virji-Babul is a Neuroscientist and a physical therapist. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Dept. of Physical Therapy, UBC. Her laboratory is based at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health. Her research addresses fundamental aspects of brain-behavior relationships in typical and atypical development. Over the past decade, she has adopted a cognitive neuroscience framework using a variety of neuroimaging tools, from magnetoencephalography (MEG) and high-density electroencephalography (EEG), to diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), to unravel and examine the structural and functional brain networks underlying perception and action. This work has resulted in over 60 peer-reviewed papers in the area of neuroimaging, brain dynamics and perceptual-motor function in typical development, atypical development and in adolescents with concussion/mild traumatic brain injury
Resources from session:
- Concussion Sideline Course: Coach and Trainer Education
- Concussion Tracker App available for download
- Brain injury support groups:
Resources from Matthias:
- Complete concussion Management PDF
- Concussion Tracker App – How to One pager
- Prevalence of Concussions Infographic
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