CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – The list of benefits associated with traits developed by student athletes is impressive; teamwork, responsibility, commitment, perseverance, time management, and good physical health. However, as these benefits are realized across the spectrum of sports played by students in Franklin County, they also come with the need for specialized medical care.
To address the specific needs of athletes in our community, Summit Health has launched a comprehensive Sports Medicine program, with focuses on injury prevention, speed and strength training, orthopedic care, physical and occupational therapy, sports physicals, primary care, and a newly developed Concussion Management Program, where students are offered baseline testing at the beginning of a sports season, and then comprehensive care following an injury where concussion is suspected.
The Summit Sports Medicine program was launched with the help of Dr. Brad Conner, a sports-fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon, who joined Summit Orthopedic Group last fall and brings expertise on the specific needs of athletes to the health system.
“Our goal is to provide leading care to local athletes, so they do not need to travel out of the area to get the expertise they need,” explained Dr. Brad Conner. “We are excited to have a multi-disciplinary program to offer, where not only are our patients getting the needed orthopedic care, but the necessary physical therapy and strength and conditioning needed to get them back on the field or on the court stronger than ever. We never want to see a young athlete’s career cut short due to injury, or lack of expertise to correct that injury.”
Summit Sports Medicine services will be offered at a variety of locations throughout Franklin County. In addition to services following an injury, student athletes are encouraged to visit a Summit Primary Care office, Shippensburg Urgent Care, Chambersburg Urgent Care, or Summit Fastcare for a sports physical to evaluate their overall health to determine if their body will be able to handle the physical demands of their sport. These locations will also offer athletes the opportunity to take a baseline concussion test. For more information, and a full list of services offered, please visit SummitHealth.org/SportsMedicine.