Recognizing concussion and deciding when an athlete can safely play again
take a team effort. Valley Health sponsors a few different programs to
help our region's local high schools make sure student athletes are
healed before returning to play.
National Youth Pitching Survey
Young baseball pitchers may throw the ball too hard, too much, too early
or without rest. Valley Health sponsors the
National Youth Pitching Survey created by the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine for area
youth ages 12-18 who have pitched in the last 12 months.
- Principle – Dr. James W. Larson, III
- Co-Investigators – Dr. O. Winston Cameron, Dr. Thomas Wise, Dr. Doug Duncan
Breaking Balls and Breaking Down: Young ball players may be throwing too hard, too much, too early and without rest.
Survey Criteria: Pitched in the last 12 months, ages 12-18.
to take the survey.
“Information from the professional pitchers’ survey indicates
that a pitcher does not need to throw a breaking ball before age 12 to
have a successful career. In fact, this data suggests that delaying the
use of the breaking ball until a later age may help protect the young
arm against future injury, and promote optimal development of pitching
skill and strength.”
Joseph B. Chandler, M.D., Director of Medical Services, Atlanta Braves
(Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing)
Valley Health has brought ImPACT™ (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment
and Cognitive Testing) to the athletic programs at John Handley, James
Wood, Millbrook, Sherando, Clarke County, Skyline, Warren County, Central,
Stonewall Jackson and Strasburg high schools.
ImPACT™ is used to measure athlete performance in verbal and visual
memory, attention, reaction time and other cognitive functioning prior
to injury. If a student athlete is injured and concussion is suspected,
the test is retaken to compare with that student's baseline results.
This objective tool is shared with the student's doctor to help determine
when return to play is safe.
Mariecken Fowler, MD, and John D. Lewis, PsyD, collaborate with Valley
Health and area athletic trainers to implement the program, which is the
standard for college and professional sports teams.