PERFORM Colloquium: Locomotor-based Functional Markers to Improve Return to Function Decisions Post Concussion
In this talk, I will review the evidence of using different protocols involving gait to expose residual problems following mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) and address ways it might be exploited within generic and context-specific tests to evaluate readiness for return to function.
This objectives of this talk are to:
- Recognize the difficulty in assessing return to function capacity following mTBI
- Understand how locomotor based activities can be exploited as “functional markers” of residual cognitive and physical deficits
- Identify directions to take in order to integrate functional markers based on gait into the clinical toolbox
Bradford J. McFadyen, PhD, is a full professor within the Department of Rehabilitation at Université Laval, as well as a researcher and member of the research council of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation and Social Integration (CIRRIS/CIUSSS-CN) within the Quebec Rehabilitation Institute. He also sits on the senate of Université Laval and is recent past-president of the International Society of Posture and Gait Research. Dr. McFadyen’s research program spans from basic to applied work related to mobility and locomotor control in healthy and brain-injured populations. This program is driven by the need to understand the complex, multi-factor, systemic nature of locomotor mobility. His research is supported by different federal and provincial funding agencies and involves different levels of dissemination and knowledge transfer including over 95 publications in refereed journals.