Jennifer Clune – Hampton Roads Soccer Complex Athletic Trainer

HRSC Athletic Training Phone: (757) 567-5483

Certified athletic trainers (ATC) are highly qualified medical professionals specializing in injury and illness prevention and are licensed healthcare providers in the state of Virginia. Athletic trainers specialize in providing primary care, evaluation and clinical diagnosis of injury and illness, injury management, therapeutic intervention, rehabilitative care, and emergency care. Furthermore, athletic trainers are available to respond within just seconds of a resulting injury and occupy a unique role in their ability to provide care to patients before, during, and after an injury occurs. Due to their unique duties and responsibilities, athletic trainers are an essential component to healthcare, and continually prove to be a valuable asset in a variety of different settings. You can find Jenni, or another athletic trainer on-site at HRSC during peak hours!

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April 2024 Newsletter Statement:

Warmer days are finally on the way! The Sentara Athletic Training team wanted to send a few reminders on preventative maintenance to assist in lowering injury rates. Did you know heat illness is the leading cause of death in high school athletes, often occurring from inadequate hydration? Maintaining proper hydration, especially in hot and humid environments, is a vital component in preventing heat illness from occurring.

Please see the recommendations from the Kory Stringer Institute listed below on how to ensure adequate hydration as the spring season rapidly approaches.

· Before beginning exercise, urine should be light colored (the darker the color,
the more dehydrated a person is)
· Consume 17-20 ounces of water 2-3 hours prior to exercise
· Consume 8 ounces of water 20-30 minutes prior to exercise
· Consume 7-10 ounces of water every 10-20 minutes during exercise
· Consume 8 ounces of water within 30 minutes after exercise
· For every 1kg (2.2 lbs) loss in body weight, an additional 1 liter of water should
be consumed
· For every 1 hour of exercise, 1 liter of a sports drink (Gatorade, Pedialyte,
BodyArmor, Liquid IV, etc.) with a 6% CHO (carbohydrate) concentration should
be consumed

Please note: sweat loss leads to fluid and electrolyte loss. Water alone does not replace electrolyte loss; therefore, a sports drink should be consumed to replenish those electrolytes (sodium, potassium, etc.) Sports drinks also supply the body with carbohydrates to help maintain adequate energy sources when working out, however there are many options on the market today with zero added sugars as well.

In addition to hydration and environmental conditions, other physical injuries such as sprains, strains, and many others can result. However, there are steps to help prevent some of these injuries. Completing a proper warm-up and cool-down prior to and after exercise is an important component in preventing injury. Additionally, stretching both the upper body (shoulders, back, neck, etc.) and lower body (hamstrings, quads, hip flexors, etc.) muscle groups plays a key role in injury prevention, as it correlates with increased overall flexibility. Incorporating stretching into your daily routine before and after exercise may help reduce the risk of sustaining an injury.

Lastly, don’t forget to protect your noggin! Did you know concussions account for approximately 22% of all soccer injuries? Concussions are traumatic brain injuries and must be treated properly to avoid further damage to the brain and to prevent neurologic deficits from resulting. Virginia state law prohibits same day return to play for athletes who sustain a mechanism of injury to the head/face and present with just one sign/symptom of a concussion. Additionally, a concussion policy is posted on site at the Hampton Roads Soccer Complex for all visitors to reference as needed. Please see below for a list of common concussion signs/symptoms, even just experiencing one of the following could still mean the athlete is concussed. If you or someone you know is suspected of having a concussion, contact the Certified Athletic Trainer on site via phone at 757-567-5483 as soon as possible to have the patient properly evaluated. Please note that Athletic Trainers are scheduled to be on site only during peak hours; therefore, if there is not an ATC (athletic trainer certified)present at the time of injury and symptoms warrant, please go to the ER for immediate care.

Signs & Symptoms of a Concussion:

  • Headache or “pressure” in head
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Balance problems or dizziness
  • Double or blurry vision
  • Sensitivity to light or noise
  • Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy
  • Concentration or memory problems
  • Confusion
  • Just not “feeling right” or is “feeling down”
  • Appears dazed or stunned
  • Forgets an instruction 
  • Unsure of game, score, or opponent
  • Moves clumsily
  • Answers questions slowly
  • Loss of consciousness (even briefly)
  • Shows mood, behavior, or personality changes

*If an athlete loses consciousness keep them on the field in the same position until the onsite ATC can rule out a cervical spine injury even if the athlete has regained consciousness before the ATC has shown up. If there is no ATC on duty contact EMS and do not move patient until an appropriate medical provider has ruled out a cervical spine injury