Postconcussion Syndrome and OT: Evidence and Discussion with Devon Cochrane (CE Course)

Postconcussion Syndrome and OT podcast course
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Course Description

Released October 26, 2020 from Aurora, NE

In this 1-hour course, occupational therapy practitioners will gain an introductory understanding of a hot topic (and controversial diagnosis): postconcussion syndrome.

On one hand, postconcussion syndrome has a well-described pattern of symptoms. But, on the other hand, we don’t know what causes it. Plus, because the symptoms are subjective, postconcussion syndrome has been very difficult to quantify and study.

Whether you work with kids or adults, at some point you’ll probably work with patients who’ve suffered concussions. This course will help you feel informed and confident when working with these patients.

The course will begin with a breakdown of some current research on postconcussion syndrome. Next, Devon Cochrane, an occupational therapist and concussion expert, will join us to discuss practical takeaways.

We’re excited to explore this topic with you!

Primary Research Explored

Be sure to check out the OT Potential Club’s written breakdown of postconcussion syndrome research, then share your questions and thoughts with fellow practitioners.

Hiploylee C, Dufort PA, Davis HS, Wennberg RA, Tartaglia MC, Mikulis D, Hazrati LN, Tator CH. Longitudinal Study of Postconcussion Syndrome: Not Everyone Recovers. J Neurotrauma. 2017 Apr 15;34(8):1511-1523. doi: 10.1089/neu.2016.4677. Epub 2016 Nov 29. PMID: 27784191; PMCID: PMC5397249.

Learning Objectives

  1. You will be able to define postconcussion syndrome.
  2. You will be able to identify important occupational therapy considerations for working with patients with postconcussion syndrome.


Intro (5 minutes)

Breakdown of postconcussion syndrome (PCS) (10 minutes)

  • What is postconcussion syndrome (PCS)?
  • What causes PCS?
  • How did the authors hope to contribute to our understanding of PCS?
  • What were the authors’ methods?
  • What symptoms did they examine in PCS?
  • What were the results?
  • Which treatments were most effective?
  • What did the authors discuss and conclude based on their findings?
  • Takeaways for OT practitioners

Discussion on practical implications for OTs (with expert guest Devon Cochrane) (45 minutes)

  • What is a concussion?
  • What are the problems with the label of concussion or PCS? What is better?
  • What do we think causes persisting issues?
  • What is often missed? How can we better treat persisting issues?
  • What do OTs have to offer that’s uniquely effective?
  • What special considerations should you take when treating this population?
  • What do you think is the most important takeaway this research can provide for OTs? 

Contact Hours

1 hour (0.1 AOTA CEUs)

Target Audience/Educational Level

Occupational therapy practitioners who work with adult or pediatric patients who have suffered concussions. The educational level is introductory.

Instructional Methods/Registration/Special Needs Requests/Cancellation Policy

This course is an independent/self-study course delivered via podcast on iTunes, Spotify and Google Play. Learn about your listening options on the OT Potential Podcast page.

If you need accommodations to take this course, please contact us and we will address your needs on an individual basis.

If this course were to be cancelled, please see our cancellation policy on our terms page.

Course Completion Requirements

In order to receive a certificate of completion for this course, you will need to listen to the entire podcast and take the post-course test. (To access the test, you must sign up for, or sign in to, the OT Potential Club.) You must earn 75% or higher to pass and receive credit. If you pass, a certificate will be automatically generated and sent to your email.


Our guest Devon Cochrane, OT!

Devon Cochrane, OT

Devon was born and raised in Victoria, BC, Canada, where he has grown deep roots within the community. He graduated with a bachelor of science degree from UVic in 2010 and a Master of Occupational Therapy degree from UBC in 2014.  

Before becoming an OT, Devon worked in roles supporting children and youth living with a variety of special needs. He began his OT career working as a community occupational therapist and case manager supporting people with musculoskeletal injury, concussion (and other brain injury), chronic pain, mental health issues, wheelchair and equipment prescription, ergonomics, functional assessments and assistive technology needs.

Over the past four years, he has developed experience and a special interest in supporting people with concussion-related issues. Combining a keen drive to advance clinical practice and a desire to enhance the quality of treatment for concussion, Devon joined Tall Tree Health Centre with the goal to build the best concussion program in Victoria, BC.

Devon has taken post-professional education in concussion management and is completing Evidence In Motion’s 12-month concussion management certification program to advance his clinical competency. He is dedicated to occupation-based practice, and he concentrates on offering a fun, creative and supportive environment to encourage success for people of any age.

Our podcast host, Sarah Lyon, OTRL

Sarah Lyon, OTR/L

Sarah’s passion is helping fellow OT practitioners translate evidence into daily practice. Sarah earned her BA in religion from St. Olaf College, then earned her master’s degree in occupational therapy from New York University in 2011. Since then, she has worked in numerous facilities, including a critical access hospital, an acute trauma hospital, and a state inpatient psychiatric hospital.

In 2011, Sarah launched OT Potential because she realized we needed a reliable source of quality occupational therapy-related content and resources. She has also had the opportunity to create content for brands like WebPT, MedBridge, Saebo, and NeuroLutions.

She launched the OT Potential Club in 2019 to marry her love of simplifying complex topics with her desire to help therapists access the most important OT-related research released each year.

Sarah is a prairie girl at heart, which is why she returned to her hometown of Aurora, Nebraska (home of the strobe light) to raise her children.

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This course is designed to meet the requirements of NBCOT PDUs. But, you are advised to make your own determination as to whether the course will be beneficial to your practice. NBCOT does not endorse any specific professional development units.

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