R.J. Elbin, PhD, is a research analyst with the Inova Sports Medicine Concussion Program. He is also the director of the Office for Sport Concussion Research in the Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation at the University of Arkansas. Concussions can cause all sorts of symptoms: Physical problems like headaches and nausea. Cognitive problems that affect…

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Fairfax, VA- May, 17, 2019– The Inova Sports Medicine Department held its 3rd Annual Sports Medicine Summit at the Inova Center for Personalized Health (ICPH). This conference, hosted by Dr. Robin West and Dr. Edward Chang, placed an emphasis on, “Emerging Techniques in Sports Medicine Surgery and Rehabilitation.” Experts from around the country shared their…

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How soon can I get back in the game? It’s the question on every injured athlete’s mind. The answer: It depends. Physical therapists can help speed the process — and let you know when it’s safe to lace up again. Physical Therapy Timeline Physical therapy is usually part of the treatment process for sports injuries,…

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Robin West, MD, can still recall one of her first patients. The youth athlete had torn a ligament in his knee. “He and his dad wanted to know how soon he could get back to the football playoffs,” recalled West, an orthopedic surgeon and fellowship-trained sports medicine specialist, and the Chair of Inova Sports Medicine.…

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When should you or your child see a doctor after a concussion? The answer may surprise you. Melissa Womble, PhD, a neuropsychologist and director of the Inova Sports Medicine Concussion Program, helped clear up some concussion confusion. Myth: If you have signs of concussion, you should head straight to the ER. Reality: Not necessarily. If…

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Physical therapy is a key piece of sports medicine — and there’s more to it than you might think. We talked to Seth Blee, PT, DPT, CFMT, CSCS, a physical therapist at the Inova Physical Therapy Center and team physical therapist for the Washington Nationals, to get the scoop. Sports physical therapists work in 3…

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You wouldn’t go on a road trip with an empty tank, so why would you work out without fueling up? Providing your body with the fuel it needs can help you stay energized, build muscle, and speed post-workout recovery. Inova Sports Performance powered by EXOS offers performance training and nutrition services for teams and individual athletes.…

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Looking for ideas for healthy living habits? Inova Sports Performance powered EXOS experts share ideas on how to incorporate healthier eating into your life.   The first key to successfully devour life is to try new things! There’s nothing wrong with grilled chicken breast, brown rice, and spinach — until you’ve had it for the…

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