June 30, 2010


LEWISBURG, Tenn. – The Marshall Medical Center (MMC) Physical Therapy Department hosted a sports injury workshop on June 9 for local high school and middle school coaches. Approximately 20 health care professionals and school coaches were in attendance to discuss common sports injuries and their treatments.

Jeffrey T. Adams, M.D., a specialist in orthopedic surgery, gave a presentation on brachial plexus injuries—otherwise known as stingers or burners—which is an injury to the nerves that travels from the neck and down to the arm.

Greg Cloutier, certified athletic trainer, commonly referred to as ATC, spoke on the risks and symptoms of heat illnesses. Emily Spears, ATC, discussed concussions and emergency preparedness. Cloutier and Spears are medical experts who help prevent, recognize and rehabilitate injuries that result from physical activity. They assist students at nearly 100 games throughout the year at Cornersville, Forrest and Marshall County high schools. Sean Richard, ATC, who works with students at Columbia Central High School, spoke on strength training techniques for injury prevention.

“We received great feedback from all of the coaches in attendance,” said Kim Hill, director of physical therapy at MMC. “The presentations and open forum discussion offered a positive learning environment to attendees. We plan to offer another workshop next summer.”

Coaches earned three continuing education units by attending the event, approved by the Marshall County school board.