ProRehab Certified Athletic Trainers are the First Line of Defense Against Sports Related Concussions

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ProRehab Certified Athletic Trainers provide critical education and concussion identification to help treat and reduce brain injuries among student athletes. Sport induced brain injuries, such as concussions, have increased 70% from 1997-2007 according to a 2010 study in the Journal of Pediatrics.

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Identifying a concussion quickly is very important. Once I see a patient with a concussion, I work with ProRehab Certified Athletic Trainers to monitor treatment and decide when it is safe for the athlete to return to play.

Sport induced brain injuries, such as concussions, are a recent hot topic in the media. A 2010 study in the Journal of Pediatrics reports that student athlete traumatic brain injuries have increased 70% from 1997-2007. More than one-third of the student basketball players in the same study did not recognize concussion symptoms or report them to their athletic trainers. If athletes return to play without proper healing time they can experience staggering neurological injury or even death. ProRehab Certified Athletic Trainers provide critical education and concussion identification for student athletes.

Certified Athletic Trainers (ATCs) are the first line of defense against concussions, according to a 2010 article in the Journal of Athletic Training. The Certified Athletic Trainers at ProRehab provide screening during the pre-season to measure brain abilities. The Certified Athletic Trainers are also present at student athletic events. If an injury occurs they can immediately compare the student’s pre-season brain abilities to his or her current abilities. This helps to identify symptoms and the severity of the concussion.

ProRehab then refers athletes to doctors who specialize in the treatment of these injuries. Dr. Andrew Saltzman of Tri-State Orthopaedic Surgeons, who holds a Subspecialty Certificate in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine, says, “Identifying a concussion quickly is very important. Once I see a patient with a concussion, I work with ProRehab Certified Athletic Trainers to monitor treatment and decide when it is safe for the athlete to return to play.”

Stephania Bell, physical therapist and injury analyst with ESPN, tells ProRehab that Certified Athletic Trainers play an important role in concussion education for parents, coaches, and kids. “ProRehab offers a pre-season Sports Medicine Update Program to educate coaches and students on sports related injuries, such as concussions. We also provide details to parents when their child experiences a concussion, such as explanation of what happened, what to expect next, and recommendations,” says Paul Gorman, ATC, PTA at ProRehab.

ProRehab Certified Athletic Trainers and physical therapists are the best first choice for concussion education for student athletes and their families in the tri-state area. For more information on ProRehab’s Sports Medicine Update Program, neurological screens, and sideline coverage, visit ProRehab-PC.come

About ProRehab:
ProRehab is a private physical therapy practice with locations in Evansville, southwest Indiana and western Kentucky. Known for teaching and training physical therapists throughout the region, ProRehab physical therapists are proud that patients ask their doctors to send them to ProRehab for orthopaedic care. They deliver hands-on physical and occupational therapy based on the newest research to achieve the best results for patients with bad backs, achy joints, wounded hands, and sports and work injuries. Along the way, the ProRehab family has fun and makes friends with their patients; patients are actually sad to leave after their treatment is over!

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