PhD, RN, CPNP Assistant Professor
School of Nursing
Hometown: Eagle River
Traci Snedden is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing at UW–Madison. Her diverse clinical background reflects a long history in the highly ranked Children’s Hospitals of Milwaukee, Seattle and Denver, where she provided care as an inpatient nurse in the pediatric Intensive Care Unit and as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in the pediatric emergency department. Her research interest in adolescent concussion, sports safety, injury prevention and overall recovery grew from her vast clinical experience as well as her personal experience as a parent of competitive youth and collegiate-level athletes (soccer and hockey, to be specific).
This talk presents the current state of concussion (pediatric/adolescent) as it relates to definition, incidence, recognition, management, and overall recovery patterns. In addition, it speaks to the role of equipment, rules, and policy specific to Wisconsin and beyond.
This talk focuses on concussions in the adolescent/high school population. It includes incidence, presentation and recognition of concussions, red flags, and the role of the school-based team (School Nurse, Athletic Trainer, Instructional Staff, and Administration) in supporting evidence-based return to learning and return to sport/activity. Attention to existing policy/laws surrounding concussion in this population is also included.