Sports injuries can result from many things, including acute trauma or repetitive stress associated with athletic activities. At San Angelo Community Medical Center, sports medicine is used to treat common musculoskeletal injuries that affect the bones, soft tissue, muscles, ligaments or tendons.
San Angelo Community Medical Center is home to Community Sports Medicine, a sports medicine team dedicated to West Texas athletes. With more than 125 years of combined experience, this team of orthopedic surgeons, a family practice physician and certified athletic trainers provide a singular depth of talent and experience for West Texas high schools.
Recently, the Southwest Athletic Trainers' Association inducted certified athletic trainer Randy Matthews into its hall of fame. Randy is the Director of the Sports Medicine Program at San Angelo Community Medical Center. Randy's induction is a significant achievement that honors his 25 years of excellence as an athletic trainer and the leadership role he plays in his profession.
Addressing the concerns of athletes today, the Community Sports Medicine team is proud to be the first in West Texas to launch Concussion Management with ImPACT for our area schools.
Concussion is a common injury, but is often difficult to diagnose and treat. ImPACT provides sports medicine clinicians with information that can help take the guesswork out of concussion management and promote safe return-to-play decisions for athletes.
ImPACT is a sophisticated, research-based computer test developed to help clinicians evaluate an athlete's recovery following concussion. The program begins with a 20-minute test battery administered in the preseason for a baseline, and includes puzzles and tasks that measure a variety of factors. When a concussion is suspected, a follow-up test is administered to see if the results have changed from the baseline. This comparison helps to diagnose and manage the concussion. Follow-up tests can be administered over days or weeks so you can continue to track the injury.
The ImPACT program evaluates and documents multiple aspects of neurocognitive functioning, including memory, attention span, brain processing speed, reaction time, and post-concussive symptoms. The user-friendly injury documentation system enables you to track the injury from the field and through the recovery process.
ImPACT can help answer difficult questions about an athlete's readiness to return to play, protecting them from the serious consequences of returning too soon. While traditional neurological and radiologic procedures such as CT, MRI, and EEG are helpful in identifying many serious concerns (e.g. skull fracture, hematoma, contusion), they are not as useful in identifying the effects of concussion. As a result, doctors often must rely on subjective observations or a patient's self-reporting of symptoms to diagnose and track a concussion. This is where ImPACT can help.
USING IMPACT to implement baseline and post-injury neurocognitive testing can help you objectively evaluate the concussed athlete's post-injury condition and recovery to prevent the cumulative effects of concussion. And in the event that baseline testing is not possible, ImPACT has a normative database of thousands of non-injured athletes, which can also be used for effective comparison.
Mark Lovell, PhD, ABPN, Joseph Maroon, MD, and Michael Collins, PhD, founded ImPACT in 2002. These professionals are world leaders in the field of concussion management and are committed to the ongoing development of advanced concussion management tools. ImPACT team members have dedicated the past 15 years to the scientific study of sports-related concussion and the clinical application of this knowledge throughout professional and amateur sports.
ImPACT is used at more than 1,000 high schools, 300 colleges, 250 sports medicine centers, and for professional sports teams throughout the world for concussion management.
Click here to learn more about ImPACT.
For more information about the ImPACT program, call Community Sports Medicine at 949-4357.
When in doubt...
Hunt Batjer, M.D., Neurosurgeon
"People can play through pain, but not through brain or spinal cord injury. If in doubt, sit them out."
Click here to read the concussion article from the December 2011 issue of Family Magazine.
The Southwest Athletic Trainers' Association inducted San Angelo Community Sports Medicine certified athletic trainer Randy Matthews into its hall of fame. Randy is the Director of the Sports Medicine Program at San Angelo Community Medical Center.
The Southwest Athletic Trainers' Association is the premier athletic trainers' organization in Texas and Arkansas. Randy's induction into its hall of fame is a significant achievement that honors his 25 years of excellence as an athletic trainer and the leadership role he plays in his profession.
If you attend an athletic event in West Texas, there's a good chance you will see Randy, or another member of his team, providing quality care to the participants-care so good it earned Randy a place in the hall of fame.
It's not surprising that he received this great honor. From teaching at Angelo State University to providing care to the professional Houston Oilers, Randy goes above and beyond. He has memberships in NATA, SWATA, TSATA, and TSSM. He serves on committees at the District, State, and National levels. Randy has also earned the SWATA Eddie Wojecki Award, the NATA 25 Year Award, and he has certainly touched the lives of the many athletes he has treated over the years.
For more information, please contact:
Community Sports Medicine
3501 Knickerbocker Road
San Angelo, TX 76904