Pre-Participation Sports Physical Exams

Get ready for the season with MedStar Sports Medicine. Pre-participation sports physical examinations are conducted by our speciality trained staff. The comprehensive exam includes:

  • Height and weight
  • Vision
  • Flexibility screening
  • Blood pressure and pulse
  • General medical exam
  • Orthopedic exam

To make an appointment, call us at 888-44-SPORT (888-447-7678).

MedStar Sports Medicine is proud to be the official medical team of the Baltimore Ravens, Baltimore Orioles, Baltimore Blast, Baltimore Brigade, Washington Wizards, Washington Capitals, Washington Mystics, Washington Valor, US Lacrosse, and the majority of collegiate, high school and recreational teams in the region.

Pre-Participation Youth Sports Physical Exams at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital

Dynamic Warm-Ups

Ryan Carr warming up with Jay Dyer

Dynamic Warm-Up for the Lacrosse Athlete

Lacrosse athletes require speed, power, strength, agility, coordination and endurance to excel on the field. Properly warming-up prior to activity ensures athletes are prepared to demonstrate these athletic qualities to their full potential. Utilizing a dynamic warm-up, opposed to static stretching, will improve speed, power, strength, endurance, and balance. Static stretching, defined as holding a stretch for 10-30 seconds, however has been shown to reduce muscular power and strength and is better utilized for recovery following activity.

A dynamic warm-up is composed of exercises addressing the movement demands for muscles of the hips, groin, legs, lower and upper back, and shoulders while also addressing specific movements of the sport. Perform a light general warm-up, such as jogging sideline to sideline and back three times, prior to beginning the dynamic – warm-up. Click on the video link below for a sample of dynamic warm-up stretches. Perform each exercise over a distance of 10 yards, pausing in each position to ensure you are stretching the intended muscle groups.

For more information on dynamic warm-ups and programs to improve speed, strength, and other athletic abilities, contact MedStar Sports Medicine Strength and Conditioning Specialists.

Jay Dyer, CSCS
[email protected]

Ryan Carr, CSCS
[email protected]

Comprehensive Athlete Performance Screening (CAPS)

Comprehensive Athlete Performance Screening

The Comprehensive Athlete Performance Screening (CAPS) is an extensive evaluation designed to assess and optimize athletic performance. Created by strength and conditioning specialist, Ryan Carr and physical therapist, Rebecca Lee, CAPS breaks down 7 pillars of athleticism which make an athlete excel in their sport:  speed, power, agility, upper and lower body strength, flexibility, core strength and endurance.

Each athlete will receive a written report detailing how they compare to athletes of the same age. CAPS will also highlight any faulty mechanics, weaknesses, asymmetries and provide recommendations on how to optimize performance.

Reach your full potential and schedule with our CAPS specialists today! Individual and team options available. This program is ideal for athletes ages 10 and up. If you, your child or your team are interested in having an evaluation, please contact Ryan Carr.

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Available at:

Medstar Health at Hunt Valley 
US Lacrosse Headquarters
2 Loveton Circle, Suite G-100
Sparks, MD 21152

 

Specialists

Ryan Carr, CSCS
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist


Rebecca Lee, PT
Physical Therapist

Video Gait Analysis

Video Gait Analysis

If you are an athlete with running injuries, Dynamic Video Gait Analysis (DVGA) may help solve your injury problem. MedStar Sports Medicine’s experts are able to assess problems of the foot and lower extremity that may be causing your pain or symptoms.

DVGA helps assess the following:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Ankle pain
  • Shin pain
  • Knee pain
  • Hip pain
  • Low back pain

Multiple high-speed cameras identify reflective markers placed on several joints of the body, including the trunk, hip, knees, and feet. These markers are a reference point for several camera angles, which pick up any abnormal movement of these joints while a patient runs on a treadmill. Once the motion is recorded, a specialized computer software program pinpoints which joints are functioning incorrectly.

If joint alignment problems are discovered, a personalized sports medicine program is developed for the runner, which may include physical therapy for strengthening and flexibility, orthotic devices, or training and shoe modifications.

Concussion Therapy

Concussion Therapy

About Concussion and TBI

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a blow, jolt or bump to the head or a penetrating brain injury (from blunt trauma, vehicle crashes, falls, and sports) that disrupts the normal function of the brain. More than 1.5 million people suffer from these types of brain injuries. Adolescents, young adults, and older adults are the majority of patients who suffer from mild TBI.

While some patients receive emergency care— and even an appropriate diagnosis of mild TBI—many do not. Despite the persistence of symptoms— persistent headache, confusion, pain, cognitive and/or memory problems, fatigue, changes in sleep patterns and mood, dizziness/vertigo—people who suffer concussion often do not get necessary evaluation, testing or treatment by brain injury specialists.

Concussion Clinic

The Concussion Clinic is a unique outpatient service of the MedStar National Rehabilitation Network that offers highly specialized services for people suffering from the lingering—and often life altering—results of mild traumatic brain injury (TBI). Our staff provides the correct treatment those who need help with long-term cognitive impairment but do not require hospitalization.

The MedStar NRH Network Concussion Program includes an assessment by a physician and/or neuropsychologist. At some sites, evaluations may be conducted by other trained healthcare professionals.

Evaluation includes:

  • Neurologic examination 

  • Balance testing 

  • Review of medications 

  • Neuropsychological assessment 

  • For athletes, if previous screening was done with ImPACT, testing may be repeated 


The physician and neuropsychologist consult after the evaluation to make a treatment plan, which may include referrals for rehabilitation treatments or further medical consultations, such as:

  • Physical therapy for concussion rehab and vestibular therapy.
  • OT and SLP, as indicated.

The Role of Physical Therapy in the Treatment of Concussion


Concussion services include physical therapy to address persisting symptoms of fatigue, vestibular/balance issues, as well as head and neck pain. The NRH Rehabilitation Network has trained physical therapists to assess individual symptoms and limitations. The physical therapist designs a treatment plan specific to the individual’s needs which can include vestibular, manual and cardiovascular therapy.

Vestibular Therapy — the vestibular system, the inner ear and its connections with the brain, is responsible for balance. The physical therapist provides specific exercises and training to reduce/stop dizziness and improve overall balance and stability.

Manual Physical Therapy — is used to decrease Cranio-cervical dysfunction in the head and neck area to restore normal mobility. This includes cranial release, muscle energy techniques and myofascial release.

Aerobic/Cardiovascular Therapy — improving and restoring normal cardiovascular activity is a key component to recovery. The physical therapist helps to establish guidelines to resume physical activity gradually. In addition, the therapist works closely with athletic trainers, personal trainers, coaches and parents to design a return to play program that will assist with providing the greatest amount of recovery in a safe and realistic time frame.

Common causes:

  • Blunt trauma or acceleration or deceleration from motor vehicle crashes, falls firearm use, sport and recreation

Common patient population:

  • Adolescents and young adults (ages 15 to 24)
  • Older adults (age 65 and older)

Throwing Clinic

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Throwing Clinic

Injuries seen previously only in professional pitchers are now commonplace in players of any position in high school and younger. The great majority of these are overuse/repetitive strain injuries that could be prevented with:

  • Proper education
  • Strength
  • Flexibility
  • Conditioning

After completing the program, most pitchers are able to throw harder and with better control while decreasing their risk of injury and surgery.

It is our goal to bring the latest research in training and injury prevention to the baseball community. In addition to individual evaluations performed in the clinic, we give educational presentations to camps, teams and leagues outside the clinic. Evaluations include assessment of posture, strength and flexibility for the arm, core and lower extremities. We then use those findings to customize exercise programs that will be most beneficial for each individual athlete.

Non-Surgical Treatment

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Did you know that around 90 percent of all sports medicine injuries don’t need to be treated surgically? So, while we have some of the region’s most capable surgeons on our team, we’d like our patients to avoid the operating room as much as possible.

At MedStar Sports Medicine, we possess the skills, training and experience to quickly and effectively diagnose and treat injuries involving strains, sprains, dislocations, and many other ligament, joint and muscle injuries.

With proper modification of activity, various modalities (ice, heat, massage, electric stimulation, and ultrasound), medications, and specific/focused rehabilitation, we help professional athletes and weekend warriors alike to return quickly to their active lives.

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Orthopaedic Surgery

Drs.-Marchant-Curl-revMore people visit doctors for musculoskeletal problems than for any other reason. Musculoskeletal conditions include injuries to the bones, muscles, tendons or ligaments. However, getting an accurate diagnosis and effective care for these injuries can be as frustrating as living with the pain.

Our orthopaedic sports medicine program offers advanced diagnostic tests, minimally invasive treatments, pain control, long-term rehabilitation and support through the entire process, from evaluation through surgery, if necessary.

Nationally recognized for excellence in orthopaedics, MedStar Sports Medicine is home to specialists who are fellowship-trained in care of the hand, foot and ankle, joint replacement, and spine, among others. These specialists work with you to create a customized treatment plan that will get you back to your sport or activity as soon as possible.

Golf Medicine

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MedStar Sports Medicine has the largest variety of specialists trained in Golf Medicine and TPI Certification in the region.  From Physicians to Physical Therapists to Strength Coaches, our team is trained to get you back on the course and playing better.

Our clinicians are experienced in treating all golf-related injuries and in rehabilitating athletes of all performance levels.   We provide a comprehensive physical examination to analyze the Body-Swing Connection and then develop an individualized plan of care for each golfer.

The evaluation includes tests and measurements of:

  • Golf Posture
  • Balance
  • Flexibility/Mobility
  • Strength
  • Core stability
  • Conditioning
  • 2D Video Analysis

The information gathered is used to design a customized, golf-specific program to guide return to play and optimize your game.   In addition to individual evaluations performed in the clinic, we are also able to do educational presentations and screening as requested.

Call 888-44 SPORT  for more information or to schedule an evaluation today

Professional Tournament Coverage

MedStar Health has also been the trusted sports medicine provider for PGA, LPGA and Champions tour events in the Mid-Atlantic region.  Our clinicians have not only provided medical care to the elite professional golfers during each tournament, we have also provided care for all tournament staff and patrons involved with the event.

Over the years, MedStar Sports Medicine has been the chosen medical care provider for:

  • 2017 Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship at Caves Valley Golf Club
  • 2016 Tiger Woods Quicken Loans National PGA Tour Invitational Tournament at Congressional Country Club
  • 2014 LPGA International Crown at Caves Valley Golf Club
  • 2009 LPGA Championship at Bulle Rock Golf Club
  • 2007 and 2008 Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship at Baltimore Country Club
  • 2004, 2005 and 2006  Champions Tour Constellation Energy Classic at Hayfields Country Club

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Titleist Performance Institute Certification

TPI Certification teaches medical practitioners an evidence based way to increase golfer performance through a deep understanding of how the body functions during the golf swing. This concept is called the Body-Swing Connection™.  MedStar Sports Medicine has the most TPI certified clinicians in the region.

Senior Players Championship at Caves Valley

MedStar Health was selected as the provider of choice for medical services during the 2017 SENIOR PLAYERS Championship at Caves Valley Golf Club.  Our Sports Medicine team of physicians, physical therapists, nurses and athletic trainers provided care for all patrons, staff and the elite PGA Tour Champions professional golfers on the course during the event.

Soccer Performance Enhancement

Soccer Performance Enhancement 

MedStar NRH Rehabilitation Network offers a full range of diagnostic, treatment, injury prevention, and training services. We specialize in individualized programs for youth, collegiate and professional level athletes, as well as weekend warriors. Our goal is to enhance the conditioning, human performance, injury prevention, and participation ability of those interested in achieving their greatest potential.

Our functional training program is designed to:

  • Improve soccer-specific strength and conditioning
  • Increase power, speed and agility through plyometrics
  • Improve dynamic balance and reaction time
  • Enhance acceleration, deceleration and explosive change of direction
  • Increase flexibility to prevent injury associated with soccer participation
  • Provide essential nutrition and hydration information to maximize soccer performance

 

The Soccer Performance Enhancement Program is a comprehensive six-week program. Our professional staff of physical therapists, certified strength and conditioning specialists, and licensed soccer coaches train the athletes three times a week. The sessions are 75 minutes each with an exceptional ratio of trainers to athletes, ensuring individualized attention for proper technique and safety. Team participation is encouraged but not required.


Call 855-463-3318 for more information.