Date of Award


Document Type

Critically Appraised Topic

Degree Name

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)


Occupational Therapy

First Advisor

Anne Haskins

Second Advisor

Breann Lamborn

Third Advisor

Gail Bass/Devon Olson Lambert


Occupational therapy has a vital impact on healthcare providing a holistic approach to care with the goal of improving quality of life, increasing participation in meaningful occupations, and speeding up the recovery process for a variety of health conditions. In concussion management, occupational therapy professionals play a critical role on the multidisciplinary team, understanding the important interaction between the athlete, occupation, and the environment (Andreas et al., 2021). Even though the target population for this critically appraised topic (CAT) is adolescents, athletes (those who experienced a sports-related concussion) comprise most of the studies due to the prevalence of sports-related concussions. The role of concussion treatment and management has been an ever-changing process, with new studies and evidence shifting the priorities of rehabilitation from prolonged rest to active recovery and exercise. It is important for practitioners to examine the changes in the evidence to ensure best practices are being implemented. Occupational therapists are specially trained to analyze and understand how the client’s occupations are affected after a concussion has occurred, while maximizing the adolescent athlete’s return to participation in their meaningful occupations (Andreas et al., 2021). The aim of this domain of care is to maximize the recovery of the adolescent athlete by facilitating re-engagement in the activities of importance to the individual (Andreas et al., 2021).

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