Orthopedic Group at Springfield Clinic's sports medicine program encompasses a team approach to meet the needs of the community and provide a full range of medical and physical services to treat athletes of all ages and levels from junior high, high school, collegiate, professional to recreational and fitness enthusiasts.
Springfield Clinic's sports care team includes non-operative sports medicine physicians, surgeons, athletic trainers, and Advanced Practitioners all experienced in treating acute and chronic sports-related injuries as well as the management medical issues related to athletes including diet, supplements, exercise training and prevention, and rehabilitation.
Sports Medicine Program
Time is of the essence when dealing with sports injuries. We offer a variety of community services including on-site athletic training at local area schools, educational visits or seminars, as well as clinical diagnosis, assessment and treatment of concussions.
ImPACT Concussion Management
Concussions are a type of traumatic brain injury, or TBI, caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, changing the way the brain normally works. Concussions can also occur from a fall or a blow to the body causing the head and brain to move quickly back and forth.
Concussions need medical evaluation, whether from an athletic trainer, sports medicine physician, primary care physician or emergency room physician. If concussions are not properly treated, complications can result, including permanent damage.
Our sports medicine team utilizes ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) as a helpful tool in concussion management however, the diagnosis of concussion is based on a thorough medical history and exam findings.
It's important to recognize the signs and symptoms of concussion:
- Balance Problems
- Visual Problems
- Sensitivity to Light
- Sensitivity to Noise
- Dazed or Stunned
- Feeling Mentally Foggy
- Feeling Slowed Down
- Difficulty Concentrating
- Difficulty Remembering
- Forgetful of Recent Information or Conversation
- Confused About Recent Events
- Answers Questions Slowly
- Repeats Questions
Our athletic trainers and sport medicine physicians currently work with the following central Illinois schools:
Pre-season Physicals and Evaluation
Pre-season physicals are usually required for sports participation by schools, summer camps and other organized sporting groups. These evaluations help identify any pre-existing conditions that could affect the type and amount of physical activity for an athlete. Evaluations are available by appointment, and take into account the athlete's age, sport and level of competition.
For more information on our Sports Medicine Program, call 217.528.7541 and ask to speak with Rehabilitation Services Director, Benjamin McLain.