Sports Medicine & Concussion Rehabilitation
Our team of rehabilitation therapists is involved in our local sports communities.
As residents of the communities that we serve, we are aware of the many
leagues and venues available to athletes of all skills, ages, and genders.
We know the pressure that is often placed on athletes and can identify
over-training, as well as poor conditioning. Our experts provide education
to coaches, athletic directors and trainers - as well as youth athletes
and their parents - in a variety of hot topics, such as concussion prevention
and rehabilitation, prevention of ACL injuries, rotator cuff injury prevention,
and care of the athletic foot and ankle.
We understand that athletes are “on the go” and are eager to
return to their sport or training. That is why we never double-book appointments,
which allows for on-time appointments and gives our therapists more one-on-one
time with their patients.
Sports Medicine: As athletes mature, sports-related injuries affect the body in different
ways. Our physical therapists work with each athlete to create an individualized
program to address their body’s specific growth and development
needs as they rehabilitate their injuries. We use evidence-based approaches
to bring our athletes – of all ages and genders – to recovery
and return-to-play and design programs that include methods for prevention
Orthopedic and sports medicine care includes, but is not limited to:
- Joint dislocations
- Sprains and strains
- Muscle, tendon, and ligament tears and repairs
- Lower leg, ankle, and foot rehabilitation
- Knee rehabilitation
- Hamstring, quadriceps, and groin rehabilitation
- Shoulder rehabilitation
Elbow, wrist, and
Concussion Rehabilitation: Saint Clare’s offers a formal concussion and return-to-play program.
The physical therapy evaluation involves thorough history review, use
of symptom scales, musculoskeletal evaluation, neurological evaluation
including neurocognitive tests, and vestibular tests. Our therapists work
closely with coaches, athletic trainers and physicians to prepare the
athlete for return-to-play.
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury, caused by mechanical
forces, to the head, face, or neck. These direct blows typically result
in the rapid onset of short-term impairment of neurological functions,
such as vison, memory and concentration, balance, and sensitivity to light.
Most short term impairments resolve spontaneously, within 7-10 days. If
they do not, this is considered Post- Concussion Syndrome (PCS).
As of 2014, all 50 states have adopted sports concussion laws, which recognize
three main components of concussion management: education, removal from
play, and return-to-play clearance. Recognition of post-concussion syndrome
(PCS) is an important part of the healing process. Three or more of the
following symptoms which continue beyond the normal recovery time of 7-10
days after head injury strongly suggest PCS: headaches, dizziness, fatigue,
irritability, insomnia, decreased concentration, poor memory retention.
To learn more about our sports medicine/concussion outreach and education
programs, please contact our Operations Manager Jennifer Neglia at 973-625-6561.
Center for Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine at Saint Clare’s Health.
Select services are available at our Denville and Dover Hospitals.
Call 1-888-808-1234 for an appointment at any of our facilities.