Sports medicine clinics and services for your community

Saturday Morning Clinic

Our licensed athletic trainers and other professionally trained staff work to keep all East Texas student athletes on the playing field and in winning condition. Held every Saturday during the regular high school football season, Good Shepherd provides student athletes access to free injury evaluations. Area high school and college student athletes have access to specialists in the diagnosis and treatment of problems of the musculoskeletal system: bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerves. The evaluation is available for student athletes that sustain athletic injuries within the week leading up to the Saturday Morning Injury Clinic. You may also see us at community events such as fun runs and tournaments.

Sports Concussion Program

The State of Texas has wisely joined in the national movement to appropriately address the long-term effects of concussions. The UIL Medical Advisory Committee recommended and the UIL Legislative Council approved to adopt the concussion management recommendations of the National Federation of State High School Associations. In brief, the UIL and TEA made changes that will now mandates that any student who displays signs or symptoms of a concussion must be removed from activity for the remainder of the day and receive medical evaluation prior to returning to activities.

Good Shepherd is leading the way in concussion management across East Texas. As the only provider of the ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) Concussion Management System in the area, Good Shepherd has provided area school districts the opportunity to be on the cutting-edge of care for student athletes.

ImPACT

ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) is the most widely-used and most scientifically validated computerized concussion evaluation system. ImPACT is a 20-minute test that has become a standard tool used in comprehensive clinical management of concussions for athletes of all ages.

Athletes are given a pre-test each year to establish a neuropsychological baseline. Follow-up testing is then performed after a concussion, and trained physicians can evaluate the athlete using this objective data. The program tests, among other things, a person’s memory. The results can then be compared to the baseline to show if an athlete is ready to return to competition – or even how much an injured student should try to take on academically.

Why is Concussion Testing Important?
Estimates for the number of sports- and recreation-related concussions in the United States each year are as high as 3.8 million. Several states are considering legislation that would place restrictions on young athletes returning to play after head injuries. This type of legislation will eventually pass across the country. In East Texas, we want to lead the way and set the standard for safe care of concussions.

Education
Area athletes, coaches, trainers and school administrators, as well as local physicians, receive education about the symptoms of concussion and the safest practices for concussion management.

Baseline Testing
For optimal results, athletes must take a baseline test. This test can be administered in the computer lab at the school and takes approximately 20 minutes. Discounted pricing is available for groups.

Concussion Follow Up
An athlete who suffers a concussion takes a follow up test, administered by the team trainer. The athlete is then referred to a physician trained in interpreting the ImPACT test results and a follow up visit is scheduled, if necessary. The physician will make a recommendation for the athlete to return to play or remain off play, and will also make recommendations for modifications to school attendance or school work. Studies show that concussions can impact performance on school testing, and full evaluation is the best way to keep athletes on track academically.

ImPACT Physicians

Yogesh Pai, MD
105 Zeid Blvd.
Henderson, TX 75652
903.315.5612

Charles R. Williams, MD
703 E Marshall Ave, Suite 502
Longview, TX 75601
903.315.4435

For More Information

For more information about sports medicine, please call 903.323.6582 or email sportsmedicine@gsmc.org.

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