By Justin Lofton

Staff Writer

ADA — Performance Center invited local physicians to discuss sports injuries with local coaches at a recent preseason clinic.

Dan Charboneau, owner of Performance Center, said the clinic was to discuss frequently-occurring injuries in athletes.

Lee Ross of Urgent Care of Ada said his clinic was available as a quick-care emergency room for non-severe injuries.  The clinic also provides physicals for athletes who miss the free physicals at their schools.

Dr. John Charboneau discussed various sports injuries including patella fractures, Anterior Cruciate Ligament injuries, shoulder dislocation and sprains.

He said he doesn’t recommend bracing uninjured joints unless the athlete has had previous problems.

“If you haven’t had a problem, I don’t like to brace you,” he said.

Dan Charboneau said he doesn’t recommend prophylactic bracing, either.

“We feel like, in some cases, it can weaken that joint,” he said.

Dr. Kimball Pratt discussed head injuries in athletics.

He said there are about 300,000 sports-related concussions per year.

“Nobody should be returning to play the same day of a concussion in a sport, period,” Pratt said.

He recommended a sideline concussion assessment tool for coaches to determine if an athlete has a concussion.

Dan Charboneau finished up the clinic with a presentation on spinal injuries.