Mercy Health Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine to Provide Lower Extremity Baseline Testing to Forest Hills Student Athletes

(CINCINNATI; June 7, 2016) – Mercy Health - Cincinnati, which provides advanced, quality, compassionate care in your neighborhood through its care network, announces that the student athletes of the Forest Hills School District and McNicholas and New Richmond high schools will receive lower extremity baseline testing that will help physicians, athletic trainers, student athletes and their parents know when an injured student can return to play safely.

Mercy Health’s Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine team will perform its first lower extremity baseline assessment of the district’s student athletes from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, June 11 at the Anderson High School Gym, located at 7560 Forest Road in Anderson Township, ZIP 45255.

Mercy Health anticipates that 300 students who take part in school sports at Anderson, Turpin, McNicholas and New Richmond high schools will attend the inaugural testing session. Mercy Health is scheduling more baseline testing dates throughout Greater Cincinnati and will announce those soon.

“Lower extremity baseline testing in high school athletic programs is a key element of orthopedic injury management,” said Denver Stanfield, MD, medical director, Mercy Health Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine. “Baseline testing allows us to recognize potential injuries before they happen and train the athlete accordingly to prevent injury. It also gives us the ability to compare an injured athlete’s data to his or her pre-injury norm so we know when that athlete has healed fully and can return to play safely.”

Lower extremity injuries are bone, joint, muscle and soft tissue injuries to the legs, knees and feet and include anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, injuries.

During the baseline testing, a team of Mercy Health’s sports medicine professionals will work together with the students’ strength and conditioning coaches, athletic trainers and coaching staff to evaluate the athletes under normal conditions before an injury occurs. The battery of tests provides an assessment of the students’ performance in high intensity running and cutting sports.

Mercy Health already provides baseline testing for concussion management in student athletes at its 30-plus partner schools and is expanding its baseline testing for students to include lower extremity baseline testing.

Mercy Health is the source for the most comprehensive sports medicine care in Cincinnati, with an easily accessible network of healthcare professionals providing the most modern care available for athletes of all levels; athletic trainer coverage for over 30 local high schools and colleges, multiple club sports and performing arts organizations, including the Cincinnati Bengals, Miami Red Hawks and the Cincinnati Ballet; outpatient rehabilitation with special attention to restoring function; injury prevention training; performance training and an ongoing commitment to education and research.