Athletic training, concussion management and CPR training
Staffed by Athletic Trainers, our Athletic Training Program provides nationally certified athletic trainers to work with students, right on school grounds. Currently we provide athletic training coverage for five local high schools, focusing on evaluating and treating injuries as necessary, and helping students learn how to prevent injuries. Our staff conducts pre-game warm ups, pre-season strength training and educational programs. We also offer pre-season Impact Concussion Screening, utilizing the latest concussion evaluation and management tools. In addition to our area high schools, we provide game coverage for several area youth and adult sports leagues and clubs. The Center for Athletes also offers CPR and First Aid classes through the American Heart Association.
The Center for Athletes is committed to providing quality health care services for all student athletes. As such, our staff is proactive in assessing and managing concussions in order to help limit the risks of concussions associated with athletics and potential associated catastrophic and long-term complications.
Assessment and management of concussive injuries, as well as return to play decisions, are among the most difficult responsibilities facing the sports medicine team. Due to the nature of concussions, and their potentially serious complications, it is imperative that the healthcare professionals caring for athletes are able to recognize, evaluate and treat these injuries in a complete and progressive fashion.
Toward this end, the Center for Athletes has developed a Concussion Management Plan to support our Athletic Training staff in caring for those student athletes at our contracted high schools who have sustained a concussion.
What is a concussion?
According to the Consensus Statement from the International Conference on Concussion in Sport (Zurich, 2008): Concussion is defined as a complex patho-physiological process affecting the brain, induced by traumatic biomechanical forces. Several common features that incorporate clinical, pathologic and biomechanical injury constructs that may be utilized in defining the nature of a concussive head injury include:
- Concussion may be caused either by a direct blow to the head, face, neck or elsewhere on the body with an ‘’impulsive’’ force transmitted to the head.
- Concussion typically results in the rapid onset of short-lived impairment of neurologic function that resolves spontaneously.
- Concussion may result in neuropathological changes, but the acute clinical symptoms largely reflect a functional disturbance rather than a structural injury.
- Concussion results in a graded set of clinical symptoms that may or may not involve loss of consciousness. Resolution of the clinical and cognitive symptoms typically follows a sequential course; however, it is important to note that, in a small percentage of cases, post-concussive symptoms may be prolonged.
- No abnormality on standard structural neuroimaging studies is seen in concussion.
CPR Training for Coaches
Marsh Brook Rehab Center for Athletes offers CPR and First Aid classes through the American Heart Association (AHA). We offer two different types of certifications: Basic Life Support to meet the needs of healthcare professionals and Heartsaver CPR for coaches. The certification is conducted in two parts. Part I is an online test offered by the AHA. Part II of the certification is scheduling a time to take the practical portion of the test at Center for Athletes. Contact us for more information.