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St. Anthony’s Sports Medicine Helps Pinpoint Injuries High School Athletes Face

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (Oct. 7, 2013) – Concussions, fractures and sprains aren’t just common injuries faced by pro athletes. Youth athletes must deal with the same types of problems. Discover what sports injuries and medical issues young athletes encounter during the fall season at the lecture High School Sports Medicine Issues at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24 at the St. Anthony’s Outpatient Center (Carillon).

Christopher Salud, MD, who specializes in Family Medicine and Sports Medicine, will discuss what can be managed at home and when it is necessary to seek treatment from a doctor. Dr. Salud will offer a general overview of the role a primary care sports medicine physician plays in the treatment of athletes by helping to determine what tests or imaging studies are needed.

Each month, the St. Anthony’s sports medicine experts offer tips on how to improve sports performance. To register, call (727) 953-9129 or visit The outpatient center is located at 900 Carillon Parkway, off Ulmerton Road, near Feather Sound in St. Petersburg.

About St. Anthony’s Sports Medicine Program
St. Anthony's Sports Medicine Program's consists of a professional team of board-certified orthopedic surgeons, board-certified sports medicine physicians, physical therapists and certified athletic trainers. The Sports Medicine team works with each individual patient providing the latest treatments diagnosis to rehabilitation with the goal of getting competitive athletes and weekend warriors back in the game.

The St. Anthony’s Concussion Prevention and Management initiative for student athletes, which is part of the sports medicine program, features ImPACT, (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) an objective measurement tool used for concussion screenings. ImPACT is the same neurocognitive program used by the NFL, NHL, MLB, and several college programs.

If a student athlete suffers a concussion, the baseline test is compared to a follow-up screening to determine if there are any changes in the brain. Test results can help indicate whether or not the student athlete needs to be referred for additional medical evaluation and care, sidelined for a period of time, and when an athlete can return to play. BayCare Health System provides athletic trainers for several high schools throughout Pinellas County. Through the concussion program, the trainers have conducted baseline testing on thousands of student athletes in certain Pinellas County high schools.

About St. Anthony’s Hospital
St. Anthony’s Hospital is a 395-bed hospital founded in 1931 as a ministry of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany and was the first faith-based hospital in Pinellas County. St. Anthony’s celebrated its 80th year in 2011, and the hospital continues its rich history dedicated to improving the health of the community by providing high-quality, innovative and compassionate care. St. Anthony’s has received the 2012 American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement award.  St. Anthony’s Susan Sheppard McGillicuddy Breast Center has received accreditation from both the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers and the American College of Radiology. For superior energy efficiency, St. Anthony’s earned the EPA’s ENERGY STAR three consecutive times. For more information on St. Anthony’s, call (727) 953-6993.

About BayCare Health System
BayCare Health System is a leading community-based health system in the Tampa Bay area. Composed of a network of 11 not-for-profit hospitals, outpatient facilities and services such as imaging, lab, behavioral health and home health care, BayCare provides expert medical care throughout a patient’s lifetime. With more than 200 access points conveniently located throughout Tampa Bay, BayCare connects patients to a complete range of preventive, diagnostic and treatment services for any health care need. 

BayCare’s family of hospitals are: Mease Countryside, Mease Dunedin, Morton Plant, Morton Plant North Bay, St. Anthony’s, St. Joseph’s, St. Joseph’s Children’s, St. Joseph’s Hospital-North, St. Joseph’s Women’s, South Florida Baptist, and Winter Haven. For more information, visit BayCare on the Web at


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