8 students

This course combines two presentations on the physiological effects of concussion and brain injury and the latest science in providing treatment to those who sustain injury. Both programs were recorded at the BIANYS Professional Symposium on June 14, 2017.

Exercise and Brain Injury

Presented by Kirk Lercher, MD

Dr. Kirk Lercher of Mount Sinai Medical Center provides his expertise in explaining the effects of exercise after brain injury.

Viewers will learn how to:

  • Describe the molecular basis of why exercise may facilitate cognitive benefits
  • Discuss the clinical evidence of the benefits of exercise on cognition and impairments for patients with TBI.
  • Identify potential barriers for a patient with TBI to engage in physical exercise

Physiology of Brain Injury

Presented by Barry Willer, PhD

Dr. Barry Willer of the University of Buffalo reviews the newest concussion guidelines and provides an overview of his ground-breaking work into the physiology of brain injury.

Viewers will learn:

  • Describe the stages of the consensus guidelines on return to play.
  • Identify sympathetic and parasympathetic autonomic nervous system changes that accompany brain injury.
  • Describe the impact of physiologic changes on individual functioning including exercise tolerance and sleep pattern.


Webinar Instructions:

BIANYS professional development webinars are simple and efficient. You will receive useful information and acknowledgment for taking this course.

Some courses have more than one video. From the course curriculum, expand the first lesson and click on the link for the lesson. This will open a new section for that lesson. Once you finish the lesson, click on the “complete” button.

If you are filling out a form that corresponds to a video, click on the “submit” button once it is completed.

To complete the course, make sure you return to the main page for the course. Close out the lesson section, then click on  the “finish course” button. A certificate is automatically generated.