KOC values community involvement and has a long tradition of supporting student athletes. In 2003, KOC formalized that commitment by investing in a program that provides area high schools with full-time athletic trainers. This Sports Medicine Outreach program allows coaches and students the benefit of having a certified athletic trainer available at the school, at practices, and on the sidelines of games. Through this partnership, KOC has become an integral part of the team and culture of each of the participating schools.
The athletic trainers in the schools work very closely with the physicians at KOC as well as the physical therapists at OrthoTennessee Therapy. With a rehabilitation facility located in the same building as the KOC physician offices, OrthoTennessee Therapy provides convenient, patient-friendly services for injured athletes. This convenience, paired with the established relationships and the collaborative effort among the student athlete, parents, athletic trainer, physician, therapist and coach, serves to help each athlete get back in the game as soon and as safely as possible.
Keeping Student Athletes Safe.
As a dedicated and generous supporter of area athletics, KOC has developed a renowned sports medicine team. KOC is proud to be the orthopaedic surgeons of the University of Tennessee Athletic Department since 1949. KOC is also the official sports medicine provider for Carson-Newman University, Lincoln Memorial University, Johnson University, and the Tennessee Smokies professional baseball team.
A concussion is a type of brain injury typically caused by a bump to the head, or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to be jolted. When this happens, tissues change shape, which can damage or stretch the brain cells and cause chemical and metabolic changes within the brain cells. This can make it difficult for brain cells to function and communicate properly.
Concussions and Sports
One of the most common ways children and adolescents get concussions is through sports injuries. Young athletes' brains are still developing, thus they may be at higher risk for the effects of a concussion. The way in which the injury happens may be very important in predicting how serious the injury will be. Although concussions are not usually life-threatening, they should be taken seriously and reported immediately to a medical professional.
Signs and Symptoms
Symptoms may include headache, confusion, lack of coordination, memory loss, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, ringing in the ears, sleepiness, and excessive fatigue.
KOC CONCUSSION CARE TEAM
Knoxville Orthopaedic Clinic's staff of certified athletic trainers are often the first healthcare providers to identify and evaluate those with a possible concussion. KOC provides these licensed medical professionals to area high schools to help keep student athletes safe and healthy. This Sports Medicine Outreach program allows coaches and players the benefit of having a valuable part of the KOC Concussion Care Team available during school, at practices, and on the sidelines of the games.
Athletic trainers work very closely with KOC's sports medicine physicians. Knoxville Orthopaedic Clinic has two ImPACT certified concussion care providers, Dr. Joshua Johnson and Dr. Amber Luhn. ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) is a neurocognitive assessment administered online in a controlled environment. ImPACT has two components, baseline testing and post-injury testing, which are used in conjunction to determine if a patient can safely return to an activity.
Physical therapists are another important part of KOC's Concussion Care Team. With a rehabilitation facility located in the same building as most KOC physician offices, OrthoTennessee Therapy provides convenient, patient-friendly services for injured athletes. Sports-related concussion injuries respond to physical therapy in the same way as other sports-related injuries. OrthoTennessee Therapy's concussion program helps get players back in the game.