Whether you’re a student, professional or weekend warrior, at Lee's Summit Medical Center, we consider you an athlete. And no matter what kind of athlete you are, you need a fully integrated, comprehensive sports medicine and wellness program tailored to your needs and goals.
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Our Sports Medicine program brings together:
- Orthopedic surgeons
- Sports medicine specialists
- Physical therapists
- Athletic trainers
At Lee’s Summit Medical Center, the team is dedicated to not only providing the highest quality of care for injured athletes, but we are committed to helping them prevent injuries so they can stay at the top of their game.
Prevention & Education
Our approach includes specialized assessment, treatment and rehabilitation from sports-related injuries, but goes far beyond injury care. Our clinical team is actively involved in educating athletes, coaches, parents and others about injury prevention and recognition.
Student athletes need education and training to prevent injuries and refine their performance, and they need immediate care if an injury occurs. The Sports Medicine team at Lee's Summit Medical Center is committed to meeting those needs. Our certified athletic trainers serve many of our local high schools and community colleges, and are often the first responders when injuries occur in practice or competition.
Working with team physicians and coaches, our athletic trainers:
- Help prevent injuries, working directly with coaches and students
- Provide immediate and emergency care when injuries occur
- Support treatment and rehabilitation
- Help maintain health and well-being for all players on the team
Athletic training is one way Lee's Summit Medical Center helps ensure that our community’s student athletes perform to the best of their abilities in a safe environment.
The rough-and-tumble of many sports can sometimes lead to concussion, and preventing such injuries should be a priority for athletes of all ages. Lee’s Summit Medical Center Sports Medicine team offers baseline evaluation before participation, and prompt treatment and management after head injuries, including step-wise return to play.
Symptoms & Signs
Mental confusion/behavior changes
Dizziness/loss of balance
Headache/ringing in the ears
Seek immediate medical attention at the nearest ER if symptoms include:
Nausea or vomiting
Blurry or double vision
Dilated pupils/sudden loss of consciousness
It is OK to:
- Use acetaminophen (Tylenol)
- Use ice packs on head and neck as needed for comfort
- Eat a light diet
- Go to sleep
- Rest (no strenuous activity or sports)
There is NO NEED to:
- Check eyes with a flashlight
- Wake up every hour
- Test reflexes
- Stay in bed
- Drink alcohol
- Drive while symptomatic
- Exercise or lift weights
- Take ibuprofen, aspirin, naproxen or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications
Lee's Summit Medical Center offers emergency care 24 hours a day, seven days a week for all ages. For more information, visit our Emergency Services.
How to Injury Proof Your Sports
How can avid tennis players avoid wrist injury?
To lower your risk of wrist injury, it's important to increase flexibility and range of motion in the wrist. You also want to improve your grip strength. A combination of static stretching and foam rolling (use a stick or tennis ball and apply pressure to tight or sore areas) can alleviate tightness and help you avoid injury.
How can you prevent a lower-back injury when surfing?
A strong core can prevent some painful surfing-related injuries, especially those in the lower back. Incorporate floor bridges, plank and floor cobra into your workouts.
How effective are bicycle helmets at preventing head injury?
A recent study found that cyclists who wore helmets reduced their risk of head injury by 85 percent and brain injury by more than 88 percent. But if you do hit your head while wearing a helmet, it's still critical to see a doctor. Head injuries can be very serious, but they often don't produce symptoms right away.
Why is stretching beneficial for runners?
Though stretching won't prevent all running-related injuries, it can help prevent injuries associated with a poor range of motion by alleviating stiffness and improving flexibility. Remember, stretching should always be done after you've warmed up, and dynamic stretches (leg swings, hurdle walks, lunges) should be done after static (stationary) stretches.
How can you prevent blisters when hiking?
If you're in the market for new hiking or tennis shoes, buy them and break them in well before a hike to avoid painful blisters.
How can an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear be prevented?
ACL tears are common, very painful injuries often found in soccer players, basketball players and gymnasts. Lower your odds of a tear by making sure your strength, flexibility and endurance are appropriate for the sport you're playing and that you're using proper technique. Plyometric and balance exercises can help decrease ACL injuries.
How can shin splints be prevented?
Shin splints can put your running regimen on hold and can be severely uncomfortable. To prevent them, wear good running shoes with proper arch support, cross-train, take shorter, faster strides and always warm up before a run.
What can you do to prevent tennis elbow?
Protect yourself against this common tennis injury by stretching, warming up, staying in good shape, wearing a brace if you're at a high risk for tennis elbow, practicing proper technique and using equipment appropriate for your weight and size.
What factors can increase your risk of a ruptured Achilles tendon?
Avoid sudden forceful motions that stress the calf muscle and overstretch the tendon. (Middle-aged adults will want to take extra care.) This is most common in basketball, racquet sports, soccer and softball.
Who is at risk for stress fractures while playing sports?
Stress fractures are caused by excessive or repetitive motion, making them a common injury for distance runners. Additional risk factors include being a woman, being a smoker, having low vitamin D and drinking more than 10 alcoholic drinks a week. To prevent stress fractures, wear well-cushioned shoes, increase your workouts gradually and do foot-strengthening exercises.
Information courtesy of Sharecare, Inc.