With approximately 10% of all abdominal injuries resulting from sport-related trauma, sports therapists provide a critical level of care for this injury group. But when is the decision to activate EMS made? How is a critical organ injury differentiated from a superficial abdominal wall injury? Join Dr. Todd Arnold as he presents abdominal and genitourinary injuries for the sports therapist. This detailed course covers medical conditions ranging from liver, spleen, and renal injuries to diaphragm and ureter injuries. Take this course to understand the critical components of care and management for easily managed and life-threatening injuries and employ this knowledge in the SCS exam or in your clinical practice.
Dr. Todd Arnold is a primary care/sports performance physician with over a decade of experience caring for athletes of all levels from scholastic to professional. He serves as a sports performance scientist for USA Track and Field, and has worked extensively with over 50 athletes in preparation for the 2012 Olympic Games, where the team won 29 medals. He has served as head team physician at both Division I and Division II colleges. Todd has extensive training through the Titleist Performance Institute in the biomechanics of the golf swing, golf fitness and health care related to the golfer, and is the co-creator of Prescription Golf & Fitness™. He sees patients daily and is committed to increasing the public’s awareness of concussions. Dr. Todd Arnold is a board certified sports medicine specialist. He is currently licensed to practice medicine in Indiana. He received training at the Indiana University School of Medicine, Poudre Valley Hospital, and the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine.
This chapter prepares the online learner for the initial component of every abdominal examination: the evaluation. Use Dr. Todd Arnold’s detailed instructions for the necessary palpations and percussions as well as detailed information on when to activate EMS to prepare for abdominal injuries in your practice.
This chapter covers a variety of abdominal injuries including injuries to the abdominal wall and deeper organs such as the liver, spleen, pancreas, stomach, bowel, and appendix. Dr. Todd Arnold builds a solid foundation of anatomical and physiological knowledge that might provide the key to successfully protecting your athletes.
The aorta, bladder, ureter, diaphragm, and genitalia receive their share of injuries in the course of a sports career. Gain new knowledge of basic abdominal anatomy and physiology to determine the plan of care for your athlete and whether the athlete can return to sport.
In this illustrative case study, Dr. Todd Arnold demonstrates how to talk with your athlete regarding their abdominal injuries. Gain an appreciation of how to advise your athlete as well as their parents, coaches, and administration after determining if they can return to sport.