Missouri Baptist Rehab Staff assess sports related injuries
At Sullivan Sports Fitness and Rehab Center, one of our primary goals as we work with local high school athletes who have sustained sports related injuries is to get them back on the field, court or track "better, faster and stronger." In an effort to expand the services that we provide and increase our understanding of sports related injuries, Melissa West, Occupational Therapist, recently attended an ImPACT Training Workshop. ImPACT is a computer based assessment tool that can be used to help identify possible deficits and guide recovery intervention. The workshop emphasized that concussions are an "energy problem" and as a result often affect the body systems that require the most energy including vision and the vestibular system. The class also suggested that high school athletes rarely recover from a concussion in one week while professional athletes typically recover faster. Sullivan Sports Fitness and Rehabilitation Center Physical and Occupational Therapists attend most Sullivan High School athletic events in an effort to assess sports related injuries when they occur and facilitate a more proactive approach to recovery.