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UHS Concussion Center in Schools

Two students, one wearing a UE Tiger Football gear and another wearing an Owego Volleyball uniformUHS Sports Medicine provides services for Binghamton University, Broome County Community College, and about a dozen local area high schools and middle schools. UHS athletic trainers and strength coaches are permanently stationed in many area school districts where they provide concussion-related services. Athletic trainers cover both practices and games, establishing an in-person medical presence at events to identify and evaluate concussions early and coordinate appropriate care when indicated. UHS athletic trainers also assist with rehabilitation and return-to-play of concussed athletes in affiliated schools and communicate closely with UHS physicians.

On any given Friday or Saturday during football season there are one to two dozen UHS physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and athletic trainers on the sidelines in Broome County and beyond, but the preparation for a healthy season begins far earlier. UHS strength coaches stationed in various schools, in addition to designing and implementing well-rounded conditioning routines for athletic performance, implement regimens intended to reduce the risk of injuries in athletes, both musculoskeletal injuries and concussions. During annual athletics pre-participation physical examinations required by New York State, UHS Sports Medicine measures baselines on tests that can be used to increase accuracy in concussion assessment and clearance. For many school districts, we help write protocols to ensure prompt, streamlined, and safe management of concussed athletes.

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