Walk This Way: The Effects of Concussion on Gait


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There are many short- and long-term effects of sustaining concussions. Those having to do with cerebellar function, such as balance, gait, and postural control, can cause decreased balance with static postural control and gait unsteadiness with dynamic postural control. Prolonged rest, especially in athletes, can lead to physical deconditioning, metabolic disturbances, and secondary symptoms such as fatigue and reactive depression. The use of vestibular rehabilitation in the treatment of concussion-related dizziness and balance dysfunction has been promising, with studies showing that patients who had persistent dizziness and gait and balance dysfunction after a concussion seem to have improved after vestibular rehabilitation. This course aims to provide clinicians with information to assist them in clinical decision-making and management of a concussion, including rehabilitation and return-to-play guidelines.


Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify the effects of how sustaining a concussion can have on gait mechanics
  2. Compare and contrast the evaluation process of gait, both pre- and post-concussion, to properly make return-to-play decisions
  3. Implement return-to-play guidelines following a concussion utilizing different rehabilitation techniques that address all deficits a patient may have post-concussion


This course is online and self-paced, with no synchronous online meetings. It must be completed within 1 year of registration to be eligible for the course Certificate of Completion. Course instruction consists of recorded video presentations, several required readings (provided), and a 40-question cumulative quiz.


This course qualifies for 3 APTA UT CEUs approved by the APTA UT.

This course qualifies for 3 Category A CEUs approved by the BOC.

Primary Audience

Athletic Trainers, Physical Therapists, Healthcare Professionals


Jaclyn Morrissette, PhD, ATC

Dr. Jaclyn Morrissette is an Assistant Professor and Program Director of the Athletic Training and Sports Medicine Programs at William Paterson University. She completed her PhD at the University of Kentucky in Exercise Science with a concentration in Biomechanics and an emphasis in Gait Analysis. She also has a Master’s degree in Sport and Recreation Management from James Madison University and a Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training from the University of Connecticut. She has presented in a number of areas focusing on gait analysis and how orthopedic and concussion injuries can affect gait. Dr. Morrissette is currently continuing her research on gait analysis, and the long-term effect concussions can have on patient movement patterns. In her free time, she enjoys running and doing outdoor activities with her husband, Dustin.