SportsCare Physical Therapy initiated the Athletic Training Program in 2002. The purpose and goal of the program was to maintain the health and safety of our highly competitive young athletes. Our Athletic Trainers spend their afternoons and evenings at eight local high schools providing immediate evaluation and treatment of athletic injuries, while covering all practices and competitions. Through a collaborative approach with team physicians and SportsCare’s Physical Therapists, athletes are able to receive additional treatment for an accelerated recovery.

High School Health and Safety

It is estimated that nearly 3.5 million children receive medical treatment for a sports-related injury each year, and as many as half of these injuries are preventable according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Safe Kids Oregon). Please take time research these different preventable sports-related injuries, and do your part to fix the injury epidemic.

Concussions

Now more than ever, sports related concussions are under the medical microscope. Although this injury is not 100% preventable, current research has provided us with recommended protocols to limit the probability of injury, and the duration of its symptoms. If a concussion is ever suspected, please seek medical advice from an appropriate health care provider and work closely with them to manage the injury until physically cleared for participation. If you are the parent of a youth athlete, please use this following links to educate yourself about concussions.

High School Concussion Management

“Any athlete who exhibits signs, symptoms or behaviors consistent with a concussion following an observed or suspected blow to the head or body, or who has been diagnosed with a concussion, shall not be permitted to return to that contest, or any other athletic contest or practice on that same day. Until an athlete who has suffered a concussion is no longer experiencing signs, symptoms, or behaviors consistent with a concussion, and a medical release form signed by an appropriate Health Care Professional (Physician (MD), Physician’s Assistant (PA), Doctor of Osteopathic (DO) licensed by the Oregon State Board of Medicine, nurse practitioner licensed by the Oregon State Board of Nursing, or Psychologist licensed by the Oregon Board of Psychologist Examiners) is obtained, the athlete shall not be permitted to return to athletic activity.”

Taken from the Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) 2013-2014 Handbook. For more information on concussions, please see the following links:

Oregon Concussion Awareness and Management Program – Max’s Law
A Parent’s Guide to Concussion in Sports – (NFHS)
Heat Related Injuries – (NFHS)

Oregon can get warm, but does it get hot enough to worry about heat related injuries? YES! The ratio of sunlight you get to the amount of water you drink can cause serious problems if not taken in proper proportions. Add in helmets, shoulder pads and high intensity, long duration workouts, now we have a recipe for disaster. Please read the following links to learn how to prevent heat related injuries for our high school athletes:

Recommendations for Hydration to Minimize the Risk for Dehydration and Heat Illness – (NFHS)
Fluid Replacement and Dehydration – (NFHS)
Eating for Peak Performance – Western Dairy Association
Use of Energy Drinks by Young Athletes – (NFHS)
Supplements – (NFHS)

For more information on infection control, hygiene, sickle cell trait, athletic equipment, steroids and much more, please visit the OSAA website dedicated to health and safety.