Sports Medicine

Sports medicine encompasses the care of all athletes. In caring for any athlete, from the occasional jogger to the professional athlete, the goal of any sports medicine professional is to help the athlete continue in his or her sport in a safe and healthy manner.

Indiana University Health Arnett Orthopedics & Sports Medicine athletic trainers and physical therapists are dedicated to ensuring our community’s athletes have access to comprehensive, quality sports medicine and rehabilitation services. We have athletic trainers at area high schools and treat sports concussions to help keep our athletes safe.

IU Health Arnett Sports Trainers at Area High Schools

We provide athletic trainers to these area high schools:

  • William Henry Harrison High School
  • McCutcheon High School
  • Delphi Community High School

Learn more about athletic training and sports medicine topics
Please call 765-448-8000 if you’re a coach or part of a youth sports organization interested in learning more about IU Health Arnett Orthopedics & Sports Medicine athletic training. We also provide educational presentations on a variety of sports medicine topics.

Sports Concussions

A concussion is a short-lived brain injury caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates 1 to 3 million Americans suffer sports-related concussions each year. Unlike many other sports injuries, the signs of a concussion can be hard to see.

ImPACTTM Helps Keep Athletes Safe

Conventional imaging such as MRI and CT scans don’t detect concussions. That’s why IU Health Arnett Physicians use Immediate Post-concussion and Cognitive Testing (ImPACT) to more precisely diagnose and monitor sports-related concussions – and help make sure athletes are healed before they return to play.

How Concussion Testing Works

Ideally, athletes take an ImPACT baseline test before playing a sport. This well-accepted, half-hour computerized test is given during a physical exam. It gathers baseline data about the athlete’s memory, balance, reaction time and other cognitive functions.

If the athlete later gets a concussion, he or she takes another ImPACT test. Doctors can compare the results of the pre-concussion and post-concussion tests to see how severe the concussion is and design the right treatment plan. It may be repeated later to help decide when an athlete can safely return to play.

Schedule an ImPACT test
Get baseline testing for your athletes before injuries occur. Call IU Health Arnett Physicians at 765-448-8100.

Avoid Second Impact Syndrome

Many athletes, coaches, parents, and doctors underestimate how serious a concussion can be. Athletes who suffer a concussion are three to five times more likely to suffer a second concussion in the same season. If an athlete sustains another concussion while healing from the first, it could cause second impact syndrome: brain swelling and brain damage. Avoid second impact syndrome by keeping athletes out of play until his or her concussion is fully healed.

Indiana law requires that athletes suspected of having a concussion be removed from practice and games immediately and be evaluated by a licensed healthcare provider trained in the evaluation and management of concussions and head injuries. The athlete must have written clearance from the healthcare provider to return to play.

Signs of a Concussion

Athlete’s symptoms:

  • Headache or “pressure” in the head
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Balance problems or dizziness
  • Double or blurry vision
  • Sensitivity to light and sound
  • Fatigue or drowsiness
  • Changed sleep patterns
  • Trouble comprehending and/or concentrating
  • Difficulty paying attention
  • Depression
  • Irritability, nervousness or sadness
  • Felling “just not right” or in a “fog”

Symptoms Noticed by Parents or Coaches:

  • A dazed or stunned appearance
  • Confusion or clumsiness
  • Slow responses to questions
  • Personality or behavioral changes
  • Loss of consciousness – even temporarily
  • Forgets plays or assignments
  • Forgetting play before or after the “hit”

Concussion symptoms can get worse with physical and mental activity, such as using a computer, playing video games or texting.

Concussion Risk Factors

Some athletes may be more likely to suffer a concussion than others. Risk factors include:

  • A history of previous brain impairment
  • Being a younger athlete whose brain isn’t fully developed
  • Recent or previous concussion
  • Poorly fitting or improper equipment
  • Poor technique
  • Neglecting sports rules
  • Genetic factors

Same-day concussion appointments
If you or your athlete may have a sports-related concussion, call IU Health Arnett Physicians at 765-448-8100.