Southeastern Orthopedics- Lumberton NC

Sports Medicine and Athletic Training

Sports Related Injuries and Trends

  • Over 60 million children and adolescents participate in organized athletics*
  • Increasing number of youth in sports and involvement in year round participation
  • Multiple team involvement (all star, travel, school)
  • More than 2.6 million children under the age of 19 are seen in the emergency department for injuries related to sports and recreation each year*
  • In 2013, an estimated 712,700 youth were seen in the ER for injuries related to football or basketball*
  • The most common types of sports‐related injuries among children are: sprains (mostly ankles), muscle strains, bone or growth plate injuries, repetitive motion injuries, and heat‐related illness*
  • One in three children who play a team sport are injured seriously enough to miss practice or games*

Injury Orevention

  • According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), more than half of injuries are preventable
  • Education is a key factor in prevention as well as immediate and appropriate management
  • An estimated 9,000 high school athletes are treated for heat illness each year, most of which is preventable
  • Most organized sports‐related injuries (62%) occur during practices rather than games*

*Statistics from Safe Kids Worldwide Sports and Recreation Safety Fact Sheet 2015

Athletic Trainers (ATs)

Southeastern Health is proud to be a leader in the region by providing National Board Certified and State Licensed Athletic Trainers (LAT) at each of the six public high schools in Robeson County.

ATs are highly qualified, multi‐skilled healthcare providers who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative care, emergency services, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical condition.

Athletic trainers are the eyes and ears for doctors and Southeastern Health ATs have direct access to hospital resources to get the most appropriate care for the student athletes.

Concussion Care

An estimated 395,274 high school athletes sustained concussions between 2005‐2008*.

More than 90 percent of sports‐related concussions occur without a loss of consciousness*.

Southeastern Health goes above and beyond to provide a widely‐used computerized concussion evaluation system, ImPACT, for the ATs to utilize in concussion management at each high school at no cost to the county.

Our ATs play a critical role in helping the high schools be compliant with NC state law: Gfeller‐ Waller Concussion Awareness Act.

Southeastern Health’s Neurologist Dr. Natasha Acosta Diaz specializes in pediatric neurology care.

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