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ImPACT Testing Now at TheraSport Physical Therapy

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ImPACT is the abbreviation for Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing.  It is a computerized test which takes approximately 20 minutes to administer.  The ImPACT test measures verbal and visual memory, processing speed and reaction time.  Testing can be administered online for individuals or groups and a proctor should be present throughout all group testing.

Baseline testing is the administration of the ImPACT to the athlete who has not suffered a concussion.  Baseline testing should be repeated every 2 years in the growing child due to brain maturation.  It is most important for contact/collision athletes and athletes with high risk for falls.  These sports include, but are not limited to, football, hockey, gymnastics, cheerleading, soccer, basketball and lacrosse.  Concussions can happen anywhere, anytime–gym class, school playgrounds or even your own backyard. Although normative data is available, it is significantly less accurate than baseline testing.

TheraSport is currently offering individual baseline testing at our Washington Township location on Delsea Drive and group testing through one of our local school’s computer labs.  Location, dates and times to be announced.

 

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Sports Medicine at TheraSport Physical Therapy

Sports Medicine and Sports Physical Therapy go hand in hand. They both consist of specific treatments for sports related injuries and prevention of further injury. Sports Physical Therapy is a specialized therapy program with a focus on prevention, evaluation, treatment, rehabilitation, and performance enhancement to maintain an optimal sports performance.

At TheraSport Physical Therapy we believe there are five main categories in Sports Physical Therapy.

• Evaluation
• Treatment & Rehabilitation
• Prevention
• Performance Enhancement
• Education

Evaluation
Sports rehabilitation consists of evaluating and treating current and chronic injuries by accredited physical therapists. An assessment of surgical and non-surgical neuromusculoskeletal injuries is done to diagnose the proper treatment and therapy regimen. This process includes the functional assessment, of the individual post-injury to assist in a safe return to activity.

Treatment & Rehabilitation
Treatment and rehabilitation of neuromusculoskeletal injuries is our main focus at TheraSport Physical Therapy, we want to get you back to your active lifestyle. In a team approach with your physician, our physical therapists create and implement programs to manage sports related injuries and issues.  Active people of all ages and physical abilities, those with physical disabilities, as well as elite athletes can all benefit from a proper assessment and therapy program.

Prevention
The practice of sports physical therapy to  is to prevent injuries, and if an injury occurs, provides the ability to return to the sport with minimal disruptions. Areas of this practice include pre-screening, specific equipment recommendations, and a cardiovascular fitness program designed to strengthen the athlete and prevent future injuries.

Performance Enhancement
Our therapy team assists athletically active individuals to improve their performance in a variety of ways. A thorough evaluation of the neuromusculoskeletal and the cardiovascular-pulmonary systems is the foundation for performance enhancement evaluations. The results of this evaluation will outline strengths and weaknesses in an individual’s physical overall activity.  Areas of deficiency in flexibility, muscular strength, endurance, and in the aerobic/anaerobic systems can be targeted and applied into a solid training regime. Follow-up evaluations can determine progress towards an individual’s athletic performance.

Education
By educating athletes, parents and coaches about the various preventative and management techniques in sports helps to avoid further injuries.  It is our goal at TheraSport Physical Therapy to not only treat, but also prevent future sports related injuries. Education is based on individual needs of the athlete and what sport they are playing. Our skilled physical therapists will assess and then educate on the importance of preventative therapy.

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