gerard gioia





Dr. Gioia is the Division Chief of Pediatric Neuropsychology at Children’s National Health System, where he directs the SCORE Concussion Program. He is Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the GWU School of Medicine. As a researcher, he has multiple interests including the development of post-concussion clinical/research tools to identify injury manifestations and track recovery in children. He has worked with the CDC on their “Heads Up” concussion educational toolkits and is a principal author of the “Heads UP: Brain Injury in your Practice” toolkit for healthcare providers. Dr. Gioia has participated in the International Concussion in Sport Group Consensus meetings, American Academy of Neurology Sports Concussion Guideline panel, and the CDC’s mild TBI guideline development. He works with the Washington Capitals, Baltimore Ravens, and many high school and youth sports organizations. Dr. Gioia is President-elect of the Sports Neuropsychology Society. He is a former high school and college football player and played rugby in college and graduate school. His three adult children were active in sports throughout their childhood.


Conference Presentation

Plenary Keynote: Active Rehabilitation of Pediatric Concussion: Welcome to the New Age!

The treatment of concussion in children has yet to reach its appropriate evidence-based maturity. The historic model of treatment has been a passive one – rest. While some benefits may exist to lowered activity during recovery, some real negative effects can also be seen with this approach, particularly when taken to its extreme and not individualized. In contrast to the inactive, rest model, this plenary session will present the more recent active rehabilitation approach to concussion treatment. A review of the current evidence will be presented as it applies to all areas of injury manifestation (cognitive, physical, social-emotional, sleep). In this context, the emerging concept of concussion subtyping and the definition of clinical profiles also will be introduced, including the proposed associated treatment modalities. As a practical application of this approach, the Progressive Activities of Controlled Exertion (PACE) model will be presented with a demonstration of management tools to assist the child’s individualized recovery in returning to school, social life and physical/ recreational activity. 

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