MUSC Sports Medicine: Let Us Get You Back In The Game

MUSC Sports Medicine: Let Us Get You Back In the Game Transcript: Dr. David Geier – Orthopedic Surgery, MUSC Renee Garrison – Therapeutic & Professional Support Svcs/Physical Therapy, MUSC Michael – Physical Therapy, Sports Medicine, MUSC David – Athletic Trainer, Charleston Battery Team Stacy Renouf – Dietetic Services, MUSC Dr. David Geier:  MUSC Sports Medicine is really somewhat of a comprehensive, or global, approach to sports medicine.  There’s really a focus on all different aspects of care.  In doing so, we’ve incorporated a lot of different professionals into our team; not just from the orthopedic surgeon side of it, including the emergency room physicians, sports neurology, and sports psychology.  So, there’s really a wide array of people that are involved with the care of the athletes.  We treat the youth athletes, all the way up to people in their fifties and sixties.  Our goal is, really, to give them the best possible care to get them back to doing what it is they like to do.  Renee Garrison:  From any age, physical therapy can be really helpful.  If we can teach them early on how to land properly and how to hold their bodies properly, they’re less likely to be injured out on the field. Michael:  From high schools, to professional athletes, to club sports, from football, soccer, to basketball, baseball, rugby, we have a comprehensive program.  The biggest thing is getting them strengthening throughout the year.  There’s always a type of prevention work they can do, from good warm ups to cool downs, to really dealing with their bodies on a daily basis and not just stepping on a field and trying to play for 90 minutes.  David:  Athletic training consists of taping and stretching, stuff like that, all the way through to full-scope evaluation, early assessment, and full rehabilitation. Dr. David Geier:  Our athletic trainers are on the sidelines at the high schools and a lot of the semi-pro and recreation leagues and teams that we take care of, assessing injuries that occur on the field.  But, on top of that, I think we have a duty to the athletes throughout the community to try to prevent some of these injuries.  And so, we go out of our way to talk to organizations, talk about the injuries that occur in those sports, and talk about ways to prevent them.    Stacy Renouf:  Sports nutrition is an important aspect of an athlete’s performance.  For any athlete, we would provide a customized meal plan based on the type of event they’re competing in, how active they are; whether they’re a recreational athlete or a competitive, professional-type athlete.  Dr. David Geier:  So, some of this is going to happen, and our goal, then, is to minimize the damage and then repair it so that it doesn’t happen again.  And that’s really our focus, not from just a surgical standpoint, but after surgery, the rehab, not just to get the motion and strength back, but to also maximize sports performance and prevent reinjury.  Radiology, I think it’s very important to have people that read sports injury films all the time: x-rays, MRIs, and CT scans.  We have two musculoskeletal radiologists, and that’s all they do.  That’s a huge asset.  There’s truly no better group of people than what we have here at MUSC.