Sports Medicine Trainers and Physicians

The Baptist Sports Medicine program uses a team approach to provide comprehensive care for the athletes of San Antonio.

Our athletic trainers, orthopedic surgeons, and physical therapists are available and ready to prevent, evaluate and treat your sports injury needs.

Baptist Sports Medicine Services

Understanding Sports Medicine

Whether you need arthroscopic surgery or a simple treatment in one of our dedicated outpatient suites, we can get you moving again.

What Is Sports Medicine?

If your child sustains an injury during exercise, sports participation, or any type of physical activity, you may be advised to see a sports medicine doctor for treatment.

About sports medicine specialists

Sports medicine doctors have special training to restore function to injured patients so they can get moving again as soon as possible. They are also knowledgeable about preventing illness and injury in active people. Although sports medicine doctors do work with professional athletes, they also treat youngsters involved in sports and adults who exercise for personal fitness, as well as people who have physically demanding jobs, like construction workers.

Sports medicine is not a medical specialty in itself. Most sports medicine doctors are certified in internal medicine, emergency medicine, or another specialty and then receive additional training. Others specialize in treating injuries in children and teens, whose growing bodies can be quite different from those of adults. They are generally board-certified in pediatrics, with additional training in sports medicine. Some, but not all, sports medicine doctors have surgical training, too, usually as orthopedic surgeons.

Other professionals who are not doctors may work in conjunction with a sports medicine doctor to provide care:

  • Physical therapists. They help people rehabilitate and recover from injuries.
  • Certified athletic trainers. These trainers provide rehabilitative exercise routines to help patients regain strength and develop conditioning programs to prevent future injury
  • Nutritionists. They may assist with needed weight loss or weight gain and who can provide dietary advice to help patients achieve optimal physical functioning
Reasons to see a sports medicine specialist
Here are examples of injuries treated by sports medicine doctors:
  • Ankle sprains
  • Fractures
  • Knee and shoulder injuries
  • Tendonitis
  • Exercise-induced asthma
  • Heat illness
  • Concussions
  • Eating disorders
  • Cartilage injuries

In addition, sports medicine doctors can provide advice on nutrition, supplements, exercise, and injury prevention.

When to call a sports medicine doctor

If your child sustains a significant injury during exercise or sports, it's probably best to seek immediate treatment at an emergency room, rather than wait to see a sports medicine specialist. Signs of a significant injury include severe pain, swelling, numbness, and an inability to put any weight on the injured area. If none of these symptoms is present, have your child rest at home and call your child's health care provider for guidance and a possible referral to a sports medicine specialist.

Most sports injuries do not require surgery. Treatment for a sports injury can include the use of pain relievers and keeping the injured area immobilized with a cast or sling. In some cases, a surgical procedure may be required to repair torn tissue or realign bones.

On-Site Medical Coverage

Events
Baptist Sports Medicine provides event coverage for a wide range of sporting events, bringing our seasoned experts on-site to care for injured athletes. If you are interested in having one of our certified athletic trainers cover your event, please call (210) 297-TEAM (8326). Our certified athletic trainers travel to locations throughout the San Antonio area.

Athletic trainer event coverage includes:

  • Staffing by certified and licensed athletic trainers
  • Pre-event taping
  • Injury evaluation
  • First aid for injuries and illnesses
  • Referral to emergency room, urgent care or physician as needed

Pricing
$50/hour

Sports Physicals
At Baptist Sports Medicine we offer physicals at local schools and other events as requested. For more information about upcoming events offering physicals or to schedule physicals at your school, contact contact the head trainer at 297-TEAM (8326).

Sports Performance Academy

The Sports Performance Academy, as part of the Baptist Sports Medicine program, is here to help your athlete reach his or her potential with a variety of services that include individual and team training performed by license trainers.

Team and Individual Training
The Sports Performance Academy is focused on giving athletes instruction, guidance and training in sports specific drills and activities to help prevent injury or improve performance. If you are returning from injury, be sure to check out our transitional rehab program.

Performance Enhancement sports specific training includes strength, speed, agility, quickness, plyometrics, flexibility and endurance training.

Pricing: $ 100/hour (for 10 athletes) & $175/hour (for 20 athletes)
Special pricing available for HealthLink members, please call (210) 297-9900 to find out more.

Transitional Rehab Program
Designed for athletes that have been discharged from a physical therapy rehabilitation program within the last three months, this program provides assessments and training to prepare for return to sport form. Under the supervision of Certified Athletic Trainers, the athlete rebuilds to previous performance levels through balance, strength, flexibility, acceleration/deceleration, jump and endurance training. This program is ideal for those recovering from surgical and non-surgical injuries.

- Frequency/number of sessions is customized for each athlete

Pricing:
Post Rehab: 1:1, 12 sessions ($240)
Post Rehab: 1:2, 12 sessions ($180/athlete)
Special pricing available for HealthLink members, please call (210) 297-9900 to find out more.

Functional Movement Screening
The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) identifies the athlete’s strength, weaknesses, and/or flexibility limitations that may be affect their movement patterns. Any weakness or limitations directly impact speed, agility, quickness and power in sport may increase the odds for injury. Corrective movement exercises can be developed for each individual to build their base of mobility and stability and thus improve sport performance while possibly decreasing the potential for injury.

Pricing:
$25/person (Includes Corrective Strategies and a follow up assessment)
$20/athlete (for a team assessment of 10+ athletes)
Special pricing available for HealthLink members, please call (210) 297-9900 to find out more.

Comprehensive Concussion Program

Baptist Sports Medicine Concussion Program is comprised of physicians, neurologists, athletic trainers, physical therapists and speech therapists to provide individualized concussion care for athletes of all ages.

A concussion is a change in the way the brain functions that results from an injury to the head It is important to know what to look for should someone you know sustains a blow to the head.

Signs and symptoms
Some of the immediate signs of a concussion include:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion/disorientation
  • Slurred speech
  • Balance or coordination problems (Stumbling when walking)
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Loss of consciousness, even if only for a few seconds
  • Drowsiness or sleepiness
  • Change in mood or mood swings
  • Difficulty concentrating/Responds slowly to questions
  • Difficulty multi-tasking
  • Short-term memory loss
Symptoms can show up immediately after the injury or may not be noticed until hours or days later. Every concussion injures your brain to some extent and nerve signals in the brain may be disrupted up to 30 days after injury. A concussion plan may consist of evaluation, a possible neurology follow up and therapy intervention. Therapy intervention may include: Vestibular physical therapy benefits:
  • Improve balance and coordination
  • Decrease motion sensitivity
  • Minimize difficulties with reading and changing gaze focus
  • Reduce dizziness
Speech therapy benefits:
  • Mental manipulation exercises to facilitate new connections for processing and memorizing information
  • Decrease concentration and attention difficulties
  • Practice multi-tasking and problem solving
Baseline Concussion Screening Baptist Sports Medicine performs a test by a computer-based screening that is administered by a certified athletic trainer. The test consists of a computerized pre-concussion evaluation for sports concussions. A pre-concussion test helps establish baseline cognitive functioning. This baseline can be compared to post-concussion testing if the athlete suffers a head injury later. Why should athletes get baseline testing?
Athletes should receive baseline testing if he or she has signs of a possible concussion. It is useful to have a pre-concussion baseline test to compare to a post-concussion test. This allows physicians, certified athletic trainers, and therapists to have a better understanding of when the athlete is able to return to their sport safely.

What types of athletes should get baseline testing?
Baseline testing is recommended for any athletes that is exposed to any type of contact sports such as football, lacrosse, soccer, basketball, cheerleading and gymnastics.

Contact our sports medicine coordinator to schedule a baseline concussion screening or for more information call 297-TEAM (8326)
Both athletes and non-athletes alike can find relief and improvement from our range of services.