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The International Standards for the Neurological Classification of Spinal Cord Injuries: training for the novice

Session outline

This workshop is intended for those new to the International Standards for the Neurological Classification of Spinal Cord Injuries (ISNCSCI). The workshop will take participants through the motor and sensory assessments that are part of the ISNCSCI but it will be assumed that participants are familiar with muscle charting. Most of the workshop will be devoted to deriving the AIS grade. Participants will work through 5 different case studies designed to explain recent clarifications around some of the idiosyncrasies of the ISNCSCI.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this workshop participants should be able to:

  1. Perform the motor assessment comprising the ISNCSCI
  2. Perform the sensory assessment comprising the ISNCSCI
  3. Determine a person’s right and left motor and sensory levels, as well as neurological level
  4. Determine a person’s AIS grade
  5. Know when and how to use and interpret asterisks, NT and ND.

Target audience

This workshop is intended for anyone who is responsible for conducting the motor and/or sensory tests that comprise the ISNCSCI, and/or who are responsible for classifying people’s SCI according to the ISNCSCI. It may also be of interest to researchers who need to understand the ISNCSCI. The workshop is targeting those with little prior exposure to the ISNCSCI but may also be of interest to those with some experience but keen to update their skills. Those who are most likely to be interested are:

  • Physiotherapists
  • Medical practitioners
  • Students/Trainees
  • Researchers

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