2014 HBF Annual Symposium 

Stay tuned for dates and information regarding the upcoming Health Brain Foundation Annual Symposium!


2013 Symposium Overview ~
St. David's presents Concussion Compliance's “Bridging the Gap on Best-Practices in Concussion Management.” This day‐long program encourages education and discussion – bringing together medical experts and practitioners – to help bridge the gap between what we know today as best available science and how to implement guidelines into best clinical practice.  Download Symposium Brochure.

Location:  Norris Conference Centers, 2525 West Anderson Lane, Austin, TX 78757, Phone: (512) 451-5011

Symposium Highlights:

Featured Topics -
  • The Physician’s Perspective; An Athletic Trainer’s Perspective; Head to Head: Cognitive Testing; Beyond Cognition: Balance Testing; A Look Into the Future: Vision Testing; Implementation of Best Practices Into Clinical Practice; Case Studies
Keynote Speaker - 
  • Dr. Steven Erickson will present on the latest guidelines for best practices in concussion management.  Dr. Erickson is the medical consultant for Major League Baseball caring for the umpires and serves on the Major League Baseball Medical Advisory Committee and the Major League Baseball Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Committee
Reading of Proclamation -
  • Governor Perry has proclaimed March as Concussion Awareness Month in Texas
Exhibit Hall - 
  • Featuring the newest in technology, rehabilitation strategies, practice information, and pharmaceuticals

Final Program 

7:00 – 9:00 AM
Registration & Breakfast in Exhibit Hall
7:35 – 8:00 AM
Welcome & Concussion Overview
Panel Discussion: The Physician’s Perspective


8:00 – 8:25 AM
What is the role of the emergency room department in concussion management?
8:25 – 8:50 AM
What is the role of the team physician in sports concussion management?
8:50 – 9:15 AM
What is the role of the primary care provider in pediatric concussion management?
9:15 – 9:25 AM
Question & Answer
Keynote Speaker


9:25 – 10:05 AM
What are the latest guidelines for best practices in concussion management?


10:05 – 10:30 AM
Legislative Overview & Proclamation Reading
10:30 – 11:15 AM
Exhibit Visitation & Beverage Break
11:05 - 11:15 AM
Safe Return to Play for the Underinsured Athlete
Mike Lamb, Wells Fargo Insurance Services
Panel Discussion: The Athletic Trainer’s Perspective
Moderator: Tina Bonci, ATC


11:15 – 11:40 AM
What is the role of athletic trainers in concussion management?
11:40 – 12:05 PM
Concussion Management Today and Beyond
12:05 – 12:30 PM
What is the challenge facing athletic trainers in concussion management?
12:30 – 12:40 PM
Question & Answer
12:40 – 1:30 PM
Lunch in Exhibit Hall
Head to Head: cognitive testing

Moderator: Rachel Mundy, RN, MSN, PPCNP-BC


1:30 – 1:55 PM
A University Team Physician's Perspective
1:55 – 2:20 PM
A Private Practice Team Physician's Perspective
2:20 – 2:45 PM
A Neuro Sports Psychologist’s Perspective
2:45 – 2:55 PM
Question & Answer
2:55 - 3:40 pm
Exhibit Visitation & Beverage Break
3:10 - 3:40 pm
Applying Technology Based Objective Measurement Tools for Concussion Assessment and Management
Beyond cognition: balance testing

Moderator: Bridgett Wallace, PT, DPT


3:40 – 4:05 PM
A Neurotologist's Perspective
4:05 – 4:30 PM
A Vestibular Therapist's Perspective
4:30 – 4:40 PM
Question & Answer
A Look Into the Future: Vision Testing

Moderator: Emily Schottman, FCOVD

4:40 – 5:05 PM
Visual Training: An Optometrist’s Perspective
5:05 – 5:30 PM
Visual Testing: An Optometrist’s Perspective
5:30 – 5:40 PM
Question & Answer
5:40 – 6:05 PM
Case Studies
implementation of best practices into clinical practice


6:05 – 6:30 PM
From Classroom to Clinical Practice
6:30 – 7:30 PM
Happy Hour - Exhibit Hall

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This course focuses on an evidence-based and comprehensive team approach for concussion management. It provides an overview of the current consensus statement for defining a concussion, reflects on the impact of sports-related concussions and discusses the pathophysiology of a concussion for both adolescents and athletes. This course also places an emphasis on clinical indicators (both computerized and non-computerized) to guide healthcare providers in the evaluation and recovery process, which includes a closer look into balance and vision testing. More specific guidelines within the graded “step-wise” approach are provided for exertional as well as the rationale for balance and eye-head coordination activities when indicated. The material is presented in a format to include lecture and discussion.

Upon completion of this workshop, the participant will be able to:

  1. Provide current definition of a concussion and recognize the impact of sports-related concussions
  2. Implement an evidence-based approach to best practices for concussion management including the importance of a multi-disciplinary team approach
  3. Implement a graded “step-wise” approach in the return to play process
  4. Understand the rationale to integrate vision, vestibular and cognitive exercises into the return-to-play process 
  5. Identify the need for further testing and for specialty referrals when indicated
The presentational method for this activity will be Lecture, Case Presentation, and a Question & Answer Period. 

7 Continuing Education Units 

This course has been approved by the Texas Physical Therapy Association as well as all other Physical Therapy Licensing Boards and state associations in the U.S.

This course has been approved by the National Athletic Trainers Association (BOC) Board of Certification

This course is awaiting approval for phsicians, optometrists and other healthcare providers.  A record of attendance will be provided to all registrants for requesting credits in accordance with state nursing boards, specialty societies or other professional associations.

Symposium Location

Norris Conference Centers
2525 West Anderson Lane
Austin, TX 78757
Phone: (512) 451-5011

Lodging Accommodations

Attendees are responsible for their own reservations.  Call early to reserve your room.  Room rate is subject to change.  

La Quinta Inn & Suites
11901 North Mopac Blvd
Distance from NCC: 4 miles
Room Rate: $159/night plus tax

Fairfield Inn & Suites
11201 North Mopac
Distance from NCC: 3 miles
Room Rate: $129/night plus tax

Staybridge Suites
10201 Stonelake Blvd
Distance from NCC: 3.5 miles
Room Rate: $109.99/night plus tax (Queen); $119.99/night plus tax (King)

Hyatt Place Austin Arboretum
3612 Tudar Blvd., 78759
Distance from NCC: 2.75 miles
Room Rate: $119/night plus tax

Norris Conference Centers - Austin is located at the corner of Anderson Lane and Burnet Road at Northcross Center.  The location features plenty of complimentary parking to support our two facilities.  Click here to view Google Maps.