Sports Medicine


Tallulah Falls School proudly provides athletic training services to all sports on campus through Habersham Medical Center. Certified Athletic Trainer Lauren Brown joined the Indians in 2017.  Lauren earned her bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training from Western Carolina University. At WCU, Brown had the opportunity to take part in many clinical experiences including military, collegiate, and fine arts. We strongly encourage all athletes to report any injury or issue to Mrs. Brown in order to be taken care of properly. If any questions arise feel free contact her via the information listed below.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lauren H. Brown LAT, ATC
Habersham Medical Center
Tallulah Falls School
Office: (706) 754-0400 (ext: 2099)
lauren.brown@tallulahfalls.org 

 

 

"I am proud to be an Indian and enjoy every chance I get to ensure that each athlete is healthy, happy, and performing at their highest capabilities.” – Lauren Brown 


What is Athletic Training?

Athletic training encompasses the prevention, examination, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of emergent, acute or chronic injuries and medical conditions. Athletic training is recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA), Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as an allied healthcare profession. Athletic trainers work under the direction of a physician as prescribed by state licensure statutes.
(National Athletic Trainers’ Association)


What treatments are offered?

There is a wide range of modalities that are used in the athletic training room as well as rehabilitation programs. Your child will be evaluated by the athletic trainer and then a treatment play will be created specifically to your child's injury. 

Therapeutic exercise refers to a wide range of physical activities that focus on restoring and maintaining strength, endurance, flexibility, stability and balance. The goal of the therapeutic exercise is to return the athlete to a fully functioning, pain-free state.

Electric stimulation therapy is a therapeutic treatment that applies electrical stimulation in treating pain. It is used by athletic trainers and other healthcare professionals for the purpose of decreasing inflammation and swelling of affected tissues. Electrical Stimulation can also be used to treat muscle spasms and can be a key component post-surgical for muscle re-education.

Therapeutic ultrasound is applied using the head of an ultrasound probe that is placed in direct contact with your skin via a transmission coupling gel. Therapeutic ultrasound has been shown to cause increases in healing rates, tissue relaxation, tissue heating, local blood flow, and scar tissue breakdown.

Moist heat is a modality used to treat chronic pain and to relax the body. In the athletic training room, this is used most often in conjunction with electrical stimulation.

Ice is used to treat acute injuries. It is very beneficial in preventing further swelling and reducing pain. Like moist heat, ice will commonly be used in conjunction with electrical stimulation.

Manual therapy is delivered with the hands as opposed to a device or machine. In manual therapy, practitioners use their hands to put pressure on muscle tissue in an attempt to decrease pain caused by muscle spasm, muscle tension, and joint dysfunction.

Foam rolling or “stick” rolling provides tissue pressure to help improve circulation, reduce inflammation, and enhance performance-related capabilities.

If you ever have any questions or concerns about a treatment your child is receiving, please feel free to contact Lauren Brown, ATC.


GHSA Concussion Information Recommendations and Policies

What is a concussion?

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury—or TBI—caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. This sudden movement can cause the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull, creating chemical changes in the brain and sometimes stretching and damaging brain cells.

Concussions Are Serious!

Medical providers may describe a concussion as a “mild” brain injury because concussions are usually not life-threatening. Even so, the effects of a concussion can be serious. (taken from CDC)

Click here to access the GHSA concussion form.


GHSA Sudden Cardiac Arrest Information

In 2019 the state of Georgia passed a law designed to inform high school students participating in interscholastic athletic activities and their guardians, about the nature and warning signs of sudden cardiac arrest. 

Please follow the links below for information regarding sudden cardiac arrest.

Click here for the GHSA Sudden Cardiac Awareness Form

Click here for the Sudden Cardiac Death Information Sheet


GHSA Heat Illness Information

Click here for the GHSA Heat and Humidity Policy 

Click here for GSHA 5 Tips for Keeping Athletes Safe in Heat

The NATA currently states that a patient suspected of having exertion-related heat stroke must be cooled via cold water immersion for the full treatment time prior to being transported to a hospital; and that this must be stated in the school’s emergency action plan.

Click here for the NATA position statement on Heat Illness

•The athletic trainer will be responsible for keeping track of the heat/humidity and communicating findings with coaches*

Recovery Techniques to Improve Fitness, Drill Execution, Focus, and Contest Performance

The research and anecdotal evidence is overwhelming that simple recovery techniques help overall training and performance (and may be good for injury prevention and heat-related issues).  Coaches are challenged this year to observe with a purpose of how an individual and the team is recovering w/n the practice segments, between practices, and the within the cumulative effect of training.

Methods BEFORE/BEGINNING Practice/Contest

  • Utilize a cue/purpose/statement/quote/focal point/emphasis set for that practice (keeps the mind off of extraneous factors that can increase fatigue)
  • Snack toward the end of the school day or immediately after school (fruit, energy bar, etc.)
  • Stay hydrated throughout the day (half their body weight in ounces per day is recommended)
  • Warm up complementary to the purpose of that practice
  • Pre-practice static stretching may actually be detrimental to power-related activities
  • Utilize various multi-joint, “dynamic” or movement-oriented exercises that increase core temperature, go through a full range of motion, and progressively mimic the segments of the workout or contest.
  • Massage rollers
  • Foam Rollers
  • Skips, gallop, shuffle, crossover, carioca, bear crawl, crab walk, hop, bound, jump, jump rope going forward, backward, sideways, or at angles progressively for motor control, height, distance, speed, or rhythm.  (can progressively be done barefoot)
  • Add movements like multi-directional lunges with an upper-body movement (reach), various bodyweight squats, or yoga-type movements or stabilization exercises
  • Accelerate and/or running progression appropriate for the next practice activity

Recovery Methods DURING Practice/Contest

  • Fluids: Water, Electrolyte/Sports drinks (NEVER energy drinks) PowerAde (cold and diluted), Hammer HEED, Shaklee Performance, Ultima Replenisher, VegaSport Electrolyte Hydrator
  • Ice towels/mist-spray bottle/head in cold water/cold water on face or head or ice in hand(s)
  • Massage rollers
  • Foam Rollers
  • Change shirts or socks ½ way through practice
  • Introduce a cue, a visual, a word/phrase/concept/feeling for the athlete to focus “Feel the breeze” is a good cue when hot (when an athlete keeps walking/moving, it is easier to “feel” a breeze which cools them)
  • Take off shoes…walk barefoot…or put feet in an ice bucket
  • Feet up above head (allows blood flow back to the heart and may help reduce waste product buildup)
  • Rest, whether active (walking) or sedentary (standing, feet up, in front of a fan, etc)

Recovery Methods AFTER practice/contest

  • Massage rollers
  • Foam Rollers
  • Stretching (Achilles, calves, hams, glutes, low back, groin, IT band, hip flexors, quads, shoulders, upper back)
  • Take off shoes…walk barefoot
  • Cryotherapy/ice water baths – temperature 50-60 degrees
  • Fluids
  • Water and/or sports drink (NOT energy drinks!)
  • Simple 4:1 carb: protein type recovery drinks such as chocolate milk (within 30 minutes after practice)
  • Snacks – nutrient bars (choose ones that are truly whole, natural, non-process or fewer ingredients)

Click here for GHSA's recovery recommendations 

Summary of Recovery Techniques

  • Active rest, work another energy system and use cues
  • Mobility – improving range of motion through movement pre- and w/n practice; Stretching – post-practice
  • Hydration – water and electrolyte sports drink
  • Cryotherapy – cold/ice towels, water, ice bucket, spray, immersion
  • Nutrition – chocolate milk or protein shake

Helpful Links:

NFHS-Parent's Guide to Concussions
NFHS-Guideline for Management of Concussions
NFHS-Position on Air Quality
NFHS-Sports Specialization
NFHS-Statement on Medical Devices
NFHS-Statement on Soft Headgear