ATHLETIC TRAINER: Jenna Arnold, ATC/L Institute for Athletic Medicine
Athletic Training Room: 952-232-3327
Fax to ATTN – Athletic Trainer: 952-469-8383
24/7 Athletic Medicine Injury Hotline: 952-920-8850
Concussion Hotline: 952-460-4440
Hours: Monday through Friday from 2:30pm-5:30pm
The athletic training room is located on the first level between performance and auxiliary gyms.
SCHEDULE YOUR FREE SPORTS PHYSICAL with FAIRVIEW SPORTS AND ORTHOPEDIC CARE at https://www.fairview.org/services/fairview-sports-and-orthopedic-care/sports-physicals
The Institute for Athletic Medicine
The Institute for Athletic Medicine (IAM) subcontracts athletic training services to Lakeville South High School. The IAM is a service of Fairview Health Services and North Memorial Health Care. The IAM offers complete, state-of-the-art orthopedic physical therapy and rehabilitation services for people of all ages. Our experienced physical therapists and chiropractors are committed to the care of people with musculoskeletal injuries.
The IAM offers 24 convenient neighborhood clinics in the metro area and extended hours to help meet the needs of our student athletes. Programs include: Free injury screening and evaluation for injured recreational and competitive athletes. Special programs for runners, throwers, golfers, cyclists, back injuries and a special program, “For Women Only.”
Physical Therapy at IAM
Physical Therapy services are provided by the Institute for Athletic Medicine. There are three clinics located within 15 minutes of Lakeville South High School:
|Institute for Athletic Medicine – Lakeville
18592 Joplin Ave.
Lakeville, MN 55044
Clinic phone: 952-892-9551
Clinic fax: 952-892-9552
|Institute for Athletic Medicine – Burnsville
Fairview Ridges Specialty Care Center
14101 Fairview Dr., Suite 300
Burnsville, MN 55337
Clinic phone: 952-892-2650
Clinic fax: 952-892-2654
|Institute for Athletic Medicine – Apple Valley
15650 Cedar Ave., Suite 160
Apple Valley, MN 55124
Clinic phone: 952-997-4170
Clinic fax: 952-997-4180
Fairview Sports and Orthopedic Care
The IAM works closely with Fairview Sports and Orthopedic Care (FSOC) which is a network of primary physicians, orthopedists, and podiatrists who are interested in returning your athletes to participation as quickly and safely as possible. They offer same day or next day appointments for in-season athletes. To make an appointment with an FSOC physician, call 952-892-2650, option 2, then 7, to speak with the Sports Medicine Resource Coordinator. To make an appointment with the IAM, call our centralized scheduling number, 612-672-7100. We accept a wide range of health plans and self-referrals are welcome. Check with your insurance carrier about coverage.
Fairview Ridges Specialty Care Center: Fairview Sports and Orthopedic Care (FSOC)
14101 Fairview Dr., Suite 300
Burnsville, MN 55337
Clinic Phone: 952-892-2650
***Important*** It is a Minnesota State High School League rule that if an athlete sees a physician at any time during the year for a serious illness or injury, the athlete must have a signed consent from the attending physician to return to practice or competition.
What is a concussion?
In medical terms, a concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI). It occurs from either a direct blow to the head or an indirect blow elsewhere on the body that results in an impulsive force transmitted to the head. A TBI can cause a disturbance in brain function and information processing. Brain functions that control one’s coordination, learning, memory, and emotions are most commonly affected by a concussion injury.
Signs and Symptoms
A concussion can present with a wide array of symptoms that may or may not include:
- Altered mental status including confusion, inappropriate emotions, agitation or abrupt change in personality
- Blurred vision/double vision/seeing stars or black spots
- Dizziness, poor balance or unsteadiness
- Excessive or persistent headache
- Excessive fatigue/feel slowed down
- Feel “in a fog”
- Loss of consciousness
- Amnesia/memory problems
- Loss of orientation
- Poor balance/coordination
- Ringing in ears
- Excessive sensitivity to light or loud noise
- Vacant stare/glassy eyed
Concussion – So What?
It is true that most concussions heal without issues or complications if handled properly. However, like any other injury, a brain injury should be given time to heal. Time to heal includes both physical and mental rest (free from mental straining and visual stimuli like video gaming and texting).
One of the most severe complications of brain trauma is intracranial bleeding or the development of a hematoma. The skull has no ability to expand to allow for brain swelling. If bleeding or swelling of the brain occurs, pressure in the skull rises and can cause serious brain injury. Hematomas may develop immediately after an injury or hours later, so monitoring symptoms is critical. Bleeding from a brain injury may be life threatening.
Why do a baseline computer test (ImPACT)?
Neurocognitive tests, such as ImPACT, are helpful in providing objective information about how the brain is responding to injury. ImPACT has two components: a pre and post concussion test. The pre-test is very valuable as the scoring represents one’s baseline (normal) brain function. The ImPACT test is then repeated post concussion. Results of the pre and post concussion tests are compared and care plans are then developed. If a pre-test was not completed prior to a concussion, an ImPACT post concussion test is still a reliable tool in the assessment of brain function. In addition, it is recommended that the ImPACT test be completed on an annual basis due to natural maturing of the brain which can lead to scoring changes over time.
Cost of Computer Testing (ImPACT) – Pretesting – $5
Post testing –Option 1: $20 includes all post testing
Option 2: Included in FSOC physician visit
What can I expect from Fairview’s Concussion Program?
Athletic trainers & Fairview Sports and Orthopedic Care Physicians
- Will facilitate completion of baseline tests
- Will manage concussion symptoms and make recommendations for return to previous activity level
- Will facilitate post-concussion testing
- Will refer to other healthcare providers as needed, including neuropsychologists, neurologists and therapists who specialize in concussion management
When am I safe to return to activity?
A concussion patient should be free of symptoms and have returned to their normal sleeping and eating patterns as well as typical concentration levels at school and work before resuming high levels of activity. Once normal activities have resumed and there are no symptoms at rest, he/she is ready to try more demanding activities that increase his/her heart rate. Over time, activities will be increased as long as symptoms do not return. Progressive or graded return to participation allows the opportunity to assess brain healing and is the current recommended standard of care for concussion management.
Under no circumstances should anyone return to activity while experiencing concussion signs or symptoms. There should be no return to activity on the same day concussion symptoms are noted or a formal diagnosis of a concussion is made.
Information & Forms
- Concussion Procedural Information
- Fairview Sports Concussion Management Program
- Healing after a Sports Concussion
- Parent Letter
- Sleep Hygiene