Denise Grobert, professor and chair of the Department of Physical Therapy at Texas State, will speak at the 2009 International Conference on Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MTBI) in Vancouver, Aug. 12-15.
Grobert’s presentation, “Comparisons of Ankle Strategies for Balance for Persons After MTBI,” focuses on characterizing and comparing standing balance techniques using ankle strategies as a diagnostic tool. Many sports injuries, most particularly in football, fall into the MTBI category.
“I’m adding the ankle strategies to tease out whether a person is ready or not to go back to play, or to the classroom,” Gobert said. “We want our students to return to the game safely. Returning to the game is important. But as an academic institution, we also want them to return to the classroom. They’re a student first.”
After a concussion, balance discrepancies are common. Grobert believes clinical tests are not always sensitive enough to assess changes in balance skills, particularly when testing young adults who may be trained athletes.
Grobert will talk about the addition of ankle strategies to clinical tests in order to provide a better representation of balance skills in those who perform higher level physical activities.