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Sports Medicine

Treating and preventing athletic injuries

Athletic pursuits are an important part of life, teaching youth and adults alike discipline, hard work, and camaraderie. But sports activities can be hard on the body, leading to injuries affecting the bones, joints, ligaments and tendons. Athletes are susceptible to stress fractures, torn/stretched ligaments and tendons, sprains, strains, and more. The King's Daughters Sports Medicine team works to reduce the chance of injury and to provide rapid treatment to injured athletes to allow quick, and safe, return to sport.

Our Team

The King’s Daughters Sports Medicine team is comprised of people from different areas who all have the same goal of treating and preventing athletic injuries – sports medicine physicians, orthopedic surgeons, athletic trainers, chiropractors, physical therapists and more.

Sports Medicine Physicians

Sports med physicians can be either family physicians or orthopedic surgeons. Regardless, both disciplines receive additional training in identifying, treating and preventing athletic-related injuries.

In Ashland, sports medicine physicians include family/sports med physician Andy Gilliland, M.D., orthopedic surgeon Michael Chambers, M.D., and orthopedic surgeon Jarrod Smith, M.D. Dr. Gilliand is team physician for Paul G. Blazer High School, Marshall University, and Kentucky Christian University. Dr. Chambers is the team physician for Russell High School, Marshall University, and Kentucky Christian University. Dr. Smith is the team physician for Ironton High School and is fellowship-trained in sports medicine from the Andrews Institute for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine.

In Portsmouth, Ohio, our Sports Med team includes family/sports med physician Gordon Givan, M.D., orthopedic surgeon Gerry Trinidad, M.D., and orthopedic surgeon Brock Johnson, M.D. Dr. Trinidad and Dr. Givan are the team physicians for Shawnee State University and Portsmouth High School. Dr. Johnson is the team physician for Shawnee State University and Fairview High School.

Athletic Trainers

Athletic trainers are highly qualified, multi-skilled health care professionals who collaborate with physicians and specialize in injury and illness prevention in order to optimize physical activity and participation in athletics. They must graduate from an accredited program and be state licensed and board certified in athletic training. In addition, they must complete yearly education requirements in order to stay up-to-date on the latest athletic training advancements.

Athletic trainers are an essential component to our sports medicine team. They assess athletes for potential injuries through physical exams; design and implement conditioning programs; provide education regarding nutrition and health to prevent injury; examine injured athletes and recommend proper treatment; provide immediate and emergent care when necessary; determine the proper treatment and therapy following an injury; and help athletes return to sports after an injury, while also preventing future injuries.

King’s Daughters currently has athletic trainers in 12 local high schools and 2 colleges.

Chiropractic Care

Chiropractors use non-invasive approaches, including manipulations or chiropractic adjustments, to care for patients with a wide range of injuries and disorders of the musculoskeletal system, involving the muscles, ligaments and joints.

Chiropractic treatment for sports injuries can help improve range of motion by alleviating stiffness and pain; reduce the use of medication for pain management; and improve muscle tone and blood flow to injured areas. Depending on the severity of the injury, it could even be an alternative treatment option prior to surgery.

Chiropractors William Nichols, D.C., and Jonty “J.D.” McCoy, D.C., work with our sports medicine team to assist athletes in returning to sports quickly. Dr. Nichols sees patients at King’s Daughters Interventional Spine, 617 23rd St., Suite 8B, Ashland. Dr. McCoy sees patients at King’s Daughters Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Wheelersburg, 8750 Ohio River Road, and King’s Daughters Medical Specialties Jackson, 14395 State Route 93.

Ortho-Specific Physical Therapy

Physical therapy plays a crucial part in recovering from sports injuries. The physical therapists at King’s Daughters create specialized training regiments tailored to treat your specific injury. In addition, they help with pain relief, strength building, flexibility and injury prevention.

Community Involvement

An important aspect of the King’s Daughters Sports Medicine program is community involvement and providing programs to help local schools and their athletes.

ImPACT Concussion Testing

A concussion is one of the most serious and prevalent medical problems in high school athletics today. A concussion is common, but it is often difficult to diagnose and treat. The King's Daughters ImPACT program provides coaches and athletic trainers with information that can help take the guesswork out of concussion management and promote safe return-to-play decisions for athletes. King’s Daughters currently partners with 18 schools to provide this service and since 2015, we have completed 5,560 baseline tests and 699 post-injury tests.

Free Sports Physicals

A sports physical is often required in order to participate in sports or other extracurricular activities, including band. We’re pleased to provide more than 2000 free sports physicals each year in Kentucky and Ohio. The free sports physicals are for student athletes ages 13 to 19 and are performed by athletic trainers and orthopedic staff.

Fall Sports Injury Clinic

Each fall, King’s Daughters is pleased to offer a Sports Injury Clinic, typically held every Saturday morning from the end of August through the end of November. The clinics are offered at our Ashland and Portsmouth locations and no appointment is necessary.

Orthopedic Walk-in Clinic

To make it easy to get the great orthopedic care you need, our orthopedics practices offer walk-in clinics, no appointment or physician referral needed.

  • King's Daughters Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, 613 23rd St. Suite G30, Ashland, Ky. -- 8:30 to 11 a.m. Monday through Friday
  • King's Daughters Portsmouth Orthopedics, 1729 Kinneys Lane, Suite 102, Portsmouth, Ohio -- 8:30 to 11 a.m. Monday through Friday

Thanks to our walk-in clinics, athletes can be seen within 24 hours. Bracing and X-ray is on-site.

Locations

King’s Daughters Orthopedics & Sports Medicine has seven locations throughout the area:

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call (606) 327-0036 or (740) 991-4000.

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