Sports Injury Recovery: When Can You Return to Play?

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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Sports Medicine Doctors: Should You See a Specialist?

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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Concussion Recovery: When Should You See a Doctor?

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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Sidelined by Sports Injuries? Physical Therapy Can Help

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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Allergies in Youth Athletics

Danny Nguyen, MD, is a primary care physician board certified in family medicine. He practices at Inova Medical Group’s primary care practice at the Inova HealthPlex in Ashburn, VA. He has special interests in pediatric and adolescent health, athletic injuries, diabetes management, and preventive medicine. With the springtime and outdoor athletic season in full swing, you may be…

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Nationals Team Doctor Robin West, MD, Gears Up for Opening Day

Robin West, MD, is board-certified in orthopaedic surgery and orthopaedic sports medicine. She is Chairman of Inova Sports Medicine, Lead Team Physician for the Washington Nationals and Head Team Physician for the Washington Redskins.   Baseball fans across the country marked opening day (March 29) on their calendars. Behind the scenes, as Lead Team Physician…

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Athletic Trainers: Your Ally in Youth Sports

Sean Burfeind, MS, LAT, ATC, OPA-C, is a residency-trained, board-certified and licensed athletic trainer. He serves as a clinical athletic trainer at Inova Sports Medicine. If you’re a parent to a youth athlete, you’ve probably crossed paths with an athletic trainer. Yet you might still be wondering: What exactly does an athletic trainer do? It’s…

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