Highlands Expands Sports Medicine Services

August 15, 2018

Prestonsburg, KY – Highlands Health System is pleased to announce the expansion of their Sports Medicine services to include concussion management. The evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of concussions joins an abundance of sports medicine services already provided at Highlands. Kristen Jones, Nurse Practitioner for Highlands Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, diagnoses concussions regularly and understands the fear it entails for parents. “Concussions and their symptoms are scary, but we have the training and experience to help families through the recovery process. Parents especially need a provider they can trust, so that their student athletes only return to practice and play when they’re 100% ready to.” 

Per Kentucky law, any student athlete that exhibits the signs and symptoms of a concussion must be removed from play, have a professional evaluation and post-concussion testing, and cannot return until cleared by a medical professional.
 Signs of a concussion may include the player appearing dazed or stunned, confused about plays or score, moving clumsily, answering questions slowly, behavior changes, forgetting events prior to or after a collision, or loss of consciousness.
Symptoms of a concussion may include headache, nausea, balance problems or dizziness, double or fuzzy vision, sensitivity to light or noise, feeling sluggish or "foggy," change in sleep pattern, concentration or memory problems.
Rob Royalty, MD, and Kristen Jones provide free sports injury evaluations every Saturday from 7:00-9:00am, August-October, in Highlands Black and Blue Clinic. The clinic is located in the hospital’s 5th floor Wellness Center. For more information about Highlands’ Sports Medicine Services or Black and Blue Clinic, call (606) 889-6255.