Behind Sports Medicine

downloadBy Theresa Tudisco

 In 11 years of work in in athletics at the college, he’s seen his fair share of injuries.

Sports medicine is a type of medicine that deals with the physical aspect of sports. The people who are trained in this field help the players with injuries and exercises to heal the injuries they have suffered from during practice or a game. Sports medicine doctors are required to complete medical school and continue to residency training, usually in physical rehabilitation or orthopedic surgery. After their residency training is over, it’s not uncommon for them to move onto additional training in Sport and Exercise Medicine.

“The most common injuries I have seen are shoulder strain/tendinitis with baseball and volleyball, and with soccer I see ankle sprains/lower leg injuries.” Said Schwartz. Sports and Exercise Medicine doctors, specialize in treating muscle, ligament, tendon and bone injuries. Kevin Schwartz, is one of two athletic trainers at Suffolk. He has been a certified athletic trainer (ATC) since 2001. “I needed to pass a national certified exam in order to work as a Certified Athletic Trainer. For 11 years Schwartz has been a physical trainer’s aide for an orthopedic/outpatient clinic along with being head ATC at SCCC.

Coach Greg Taylor, who is certified in CPR, has been coaching for 20 years, and two of those years have been coaching Lacrosse at the college. “Lacrosse is a contact sport, so the most common injury I see during games is pulled hamstrings.” Pulled hamstrings, sprained muscles, and ligament injuries are most common in contact sports because the player is always starting and stopping quickly.

“In softball games, knee injuries are the most common injury.” Coach Joe LoBianco, has been coaching Women’s Softball at Suffolk for eight years. He has been a coach for 13 years total. Being a coach requires no college education, just dedication to the team. LoBianco started off as a volunteer coach and then wound up on a travel team before working at the college.

Sport injuries are not a joke; it takes a huge toll on the bodies of these athletes. While pulled hamstrings, ankle sprains, knee injuries and torn ligaments are extremely painful and serious; concussions are popping up in sports world. A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a blow to the head, caused in many sports activities. Concussions can occur immediately after the injury or it can show up after hours or even days of the injury. Symptoms of a concussion include headaches, weakness, confusion, nausea and slurred speech.

It’s important for every athlete to have the proper equipment on the field. All lacrosse players wear helmets, elbow pads, shoulder pads and a mouth guard while on the field. Baseball players need to wear protective gear such as helmets, wrist guards, mouth guards and a padden sleeve. In softball, the athletes usually wear a knee slider to protect their legs from injuries when they are sliding to different plates. The basic equipment that football players use on the field is helmets, shoulder pads, gloves, knee and elbow pads and a mouth guard. In order to protect their torso they are required to wear rib pads.

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