St. Vincent Health opens new facility to treat injured athletes
Center will treat sprains to concussions
Last Updated: 97 days ago
INDIANAPOLIS - Central Indiana is getting a new advanced facility to treat and rehabilitate kids and adults who have been hurt while playing sports.
St. Vincent Health dedicated a new center in Hamilton County on Thursday that will look at injures ranging from muscle strains to concussions.
Officials at the St. Vincent Sports Performance Center are trying to determine if sports injuries among the youth are skyrocketing, or if it is just that they are being better diagnosed.
The new center is dedicated to treating and rehabbing everyone from the high school athlete to the weekend warrior.
The facility offers performance training, medical, psychological and nutritional services to athletes of all calibers, including 33 area schools.
St. Vincent doctors have noticed a surprising number of concussions -- 146 in just 11 days
“I'm not sure if I actually believe that we have a much higher incidence of head injury. I think we're just looking a lot harder. And that's also bringing a lot of attention to that, which, in my opinion, one of the biggest benefits that we've seen in the medical world is just an understanding of concussion itself and the educational side and that we're looking actually at treating it as a real injury," Dr. Pat Kersey, sports medicine physician, said.
Doctors are trying to make sports safer. They stressed that their goal is to try and make each individual sport safer, and not to steer kids into sports like soccer and away from football.
St. Vincent endorses the USA Football’s Heads Up Tackling program, which encourages kids to tackle with their heads up, and not try for the bone-jarring hits favored on TV.
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