Co-Director - Rachel Kazman ATC, LAT, MS, ITAT
Rachel grew up in Nothern Virginia and always has had a passion for sports, In addition to playing soccer and basketball, her drive to help other athletes started very young when she volunteered as a student athletic trainer her junior year of high school. She continued her passion through college and worked for a year post-undergrad as an Athletic Trainer. During grad school, she became involved with multiple research studies that focused on head impacts and became devoted to helping athletes who experience concussions. Realizing that treating concussions is her real calling, she has spent the last 2 years trying to create a program where athletes and non-athletes alike can be evaluated and treated for concussions. In time, she hopes to raise awareness to all that concussions can happen anywhere, to anyone, and that quality care can be provided. Here at M.O.S.T, our team is dedicated to making sure that every patient is well informed and taken through an extensive evaluation to make sure they return as quickly and safely as possible.
Co-Director - Thomas Bennett, ATC/LAT, ITAT, FMS
Thomas Bennett has been a part of our Sports Performance Team and we are proud to announce that he will be taking over as Co-Director of our Concussion Program, here at M.O.S.T. Thomas's vast areas of training and studying have allowed him to take this next step into his passion for treating and preventing concussions and the formation of CTE in athletes. He is a Certified and Licensed Athletic Trainer, NSCA Certified Personal Trainer, ImPACT Trained AT, Graston M1 Basic Provider, is FMS Certified, and is also an ARC CPR/AED Professional Rescuer. He has served as an Athletic Trainer Assistant for Coastal Carolina University’s Football and Track & Field programs from July 2013 to July 2014. Thomas earned his BS in Athletic Training from Frostburg State University; in 2012. Thomas has been with us since October 2015 and is an integral piece of the puzzle. He also, as part of our marketing team, goes out into the community and creates connections with other facilities, gyms, and teams.
Concussion Treatment Protocol
Metro Orthopedic & Sports Therapy is excited to offer concussion help to any and all patients who suffer from head injury. If you experience a head injury and are dealing with symptoms that include, but are not limited to, headaches, difficulty concentrating, or sensitivity to noise our team of experts will evaluate using a number of testing techniques.
After a head injury…
- We categorize what system(s) are affected and formulate a treatment plan that is unique to your needs and lifestyle.
- 6 type of concussions
- 5+ types of testing done to pinpoint symptoms to corrected
- Sports specific return to play treatment plans
- One on one attention to assure there are no lingering symptoms
Metro Orthopedics & Sports Therapy and it’s team of healthcare professionals specialize in concussion care and want to make sure that anyone, athlete or not, get’s individualized attention and care so that they can return to life as quickly and safely as possible.
At MOST we are aware of the increased importance of the proper management of mild traumatic brain injuries. Therefore, our medical team will put all of its knowledge to work to ensure that you go through all the steps needed for a 100% safe return to play after a head injury is suspected!
The baseline test is a pre-injury measurement of an athletes’ cognitive function (should be taken before your season starts). Should an athlete sustain a concussion, post-injury tests can be compared to baseline data and provide valuable information that aids in the return-to-sport decision. Baseline tests are recommended for any athlete ages 11 and up, especially for those who participate in contact sports.
If a concussion occurs, a post-concussion test would be administered 48 to 72 hours after the injury (it is important that you report your injury to us within this time), and interpreted by a medical physician and/or a certified athletic trainer. These results are then compared to the baseline data to assist in determining the degree of recovery. Additional post-injury tests may be required until complete recovery has occurred.