Understanding the Complexity of the Nervous System and Concussion

with Conor P. Collins

The nervous system and concussion are often scary for practitioners to deal with it. It can often become frustrating with the idea of formulating an assessment and treatment plan around something seemingly so ambiguous. Ambiguity is perpetuated by a health care system that continues to offer patients misguided information regarding their recovery. Understanding the complexity of the nervous system and concussion will change that. The objective of this course is to gain a full understanding of the complexity of the nervous system and mild traumatic brain injury.

Certification in the United States

  • 30 Hours NCBTMB Approved Continuing Education Credits

Certification in Canada

  • 15 Hours CMTO Category A Approved Credits
Conor P. Collins

Conor P. Collins

Conor is a Canadian massage therapist and has been practicing and teaching in Ontario for 13 years. As both a massage therapist and sports injury therapist, Conor provides a unique approach to clinical practice combining disciplines of manual therapy integrated with movement-based rehabilitation strategies. Conor shares a special interest in concussion management. His passion is to help massage therapists better understand the nervous system and its role following a concussion injury. Conor’s goal is to help educate massage therapists worldwide and help them to become leaders in the concussion management space. Conor is the owner of a private multidisciplinary clinic just outside of Toronto, Ontario. While not in clinical practice he is on faculty at Mohawk College in the massage therapy program. He is also the producer of the podcast, “The Concast”, where he discusses the manual therapy industry from an evidence-based perspective. During his career, he has also had the pleasure of working major sporting events such as the Pan AM games as well as managing athletes and consulting for national level and club teams in both the NHL and NCAA.

Playa Samara Location



Playa Samara is a perfect paradise for massage therapy continuing education in Costa Rica. The town is nestled in the beautiful green hills of the famous Nicoya Blue Zone on the Pacific Coast of the peaceful Central American nation.


Enjoy strolling the streets of the small downtown area and visiting the many local and international restaurants, bars and discos, and cute gift shops. The beautiful and tranquil Samara Bay is surrounded by miles of palm tree lined white sand beaches and provides a perfect and safe location for kayaking, snorkeling, surfing, SUP, and swimming as well.

Samara Costa Rica


USD $900 = Tuition + Shared Accommodations

2020/2021 DATES

Future Dates To Be Announced


Enjoy simple and comfortable accommodations in our Costa Rican style bungalows tucked away in the heart of Playa Samara just seconds from the beach. Each 2 or 3 bedroom bungalow is fully furnished with a fully equipped kitchen, bathrooms and living room. Single or double bedrooms are available as well as studio apartments. Enjoy the swimming pool, lush gardens, WiFi access, hot water showers, and fans. A/C is available at an additional charge. Learn More

What’s Included with Understanding the Nervous System and Concussion?

  • 30 NCBTMB CEU credits
  • 6 nights lodging in our Oasis Villas – fully appointed bungalows with complete kitchens in the heart of Playa Samara
  • Airport Pickup and Dropoff
  • Text book and use of all classroom facilities (tables, linens, lubricant etc.)


What’s Not Included

  • Airfare
  • Meals – all accommodations come with fully equipped kitchens, and there are several local grocers including an organic market all within 5 minutes

Course Highlights

The objective of this course is to gain a full understanding of the complexity of the nervous system and mild traumatic brain injury.

Day one is spent looking at an overview of the divisions, anatomy, and physiology of the autonomic, central and peripheral nervous systems. In the afternoon we will take our theoretical knowledge and apply to the lab. Here you will develop the confidence to accurately understand what dermatomes, myotomes, and deep reflexes mean the patient in front of you.

On day two you will take what you have learned on day one and work with a patient. The tone in patients is a common theme on day two. You will explore techniques of joint play, vibrations, and positional release and how they can quickly yield results to reduce a patient’s pain, increase their function and improve their range of motion almost instantly.

At the end of day three, you will leave confident of the path to take from the time of injury through to patient assessment and guidance. Practitioners will have a thorough understanding of the recognition of red flags, how to assess when to refer and make appropriate evidence decisions.

Day four begins by providing strategies for rehabilitation and guidance on specific symptoms patterns. The afternoon discusses common types of headaches suffered by a post-concussion patient and how to address them in treatment. Lastly, the course addresses the cervical spine’s influence concussion. You will be provided with assessment, treatment and rehabilitation strategies based on particular patient presentations.

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