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Lisa Moore, ATC

Return to Play After a Concussion


Sports Medicine

Unfortunately concussions do occur and we need some guidelines in place in order to protect the athlete and make sure they truly are ready to return to activity. Before allowing those with concussions to return to sport, we must ensure they are symptom free for at least 24 hours. This is done by a symptom inventory and the patient must self report how they are feeling. It is incredibly important that the patient is honest with themselves, and the clinician at this time to make sure we truly are symptom free and not just anxious to return to activity. As athletic trainers we do an activity progression that allows them to build back up to what level of activity they … Continue reading

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Whitney Vessar, ATC

Return to Learn after Concussion


Sports Medicine

Discussing concussions in the past has focused on when the athlete could return to playing safely, however, recent years have shifted the conversation to how and when the player should return to school, and that makes sense. While athletics are important in many ways, academics are life long tools. Think about it like this—if you sprain your ankle in a volleyball game, should you run the mile in PE class the next day? The task of walking would be difficult, let alone running. The same principle of recovery applies to head injuries. A concussion disrupts the way the brain processes information, so taking that test in history class the next day might be a struggle. Strategies have been developed to … Continue reading

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Lisa Moore, ATC

An Introduction to Concussions


Sports Medicine

Inevitably the start of fall football begins the start of concussion conversations. What is a concussion? How do they happen? How many can you have in a lifetime? What are the long term effects of a concussion? Is football safe? A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that disrupts brain function. Clear as mud right? Concussions can come from a blow to the head, or contact with the ground, or any force that basically jars the head and brain. We like to refer to concussions as having a constellation of symptoms. There are 22 symptoms associated with concussions and they don’t all need to be present for the diagnosis of concussion. In fact, they can occur in any combination and … Continue reading

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Lisa Moore, ATC

What To Expect After Tearing Your ACL


Sports Medicine

Unfortunately even with prevention, ACL tears do occur. Almost all ACL tears will need to be repaired surgically, only a small percentage of the population will elect to non-surgically treat the ACL. Your doctor will discuss all your treatment options with you, including the different types of tissue grafts they can use to repair and replace the ACL. Most doctors will want you to wait several weeks between injury and surgery in order to strengthen your knee prior to surgery. Our mantra is “the stronger you are going into surgery, the stronger you are coming out of surgery”. It’s important that you have great muscle strength before surgery as you lose a great deal during and it is a long … Continue reading

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Whitney Vessar, ATC

How To Prevent an ACL Injury


Sports Medicine

Injuries to the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) can be devastating for an athlete, resulting in the need for surgical repair and a long rehabilitation process. Many times athletes will miss part or an entire season of play after an ACL injury. Because of the physical and psychological toll on a competitive individual, the prevention of these injuries has become extensively researched to identify risk factors and ultimately reduce the rate of injury. All aspects surrounding an ACL tear have been studied from the anatomy of the knee to the playing surfaces of various sports. The result of analyzing injury statistics and measurements has concluded that while some factors are simply uncontrollable, it is possible to significantly lower an athlete’s chances … Continue reading

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