State-of-the-art sports athletic development, sports performance training and reconditioning in Northwest Indiana.
State-of-the-art sports athletic development, sports performance training and reconditioning in Northwest Indiana.
Franciscan Health Sports Medicine Crown Point's state-of-the-art facilities provide a tremendous environment for athletes to improve performance and reduce injuries. Our facility has over 13,000 square feet of training area outfitted with the most modern equipment and is up-to-date with current research and technology.
The sports performance facility includes the following equipment and training tools:
Our team knows how to utilize our equipment to get the goals you're seeking.
Improve Movement, Reduce Injury Potential, Improve Performance
Franciscan Health Sports Medicine Crown Point offers the most comprehensive athletic development and sports performance training environment in Northwest Indiana. Our program is focused on teaching each athlete correct training techniques, reducing injury potential and improving overall athletic performance and movement.
Each training session lasts approximately 1.5 to 2 hours and includes the following:
Athletes receive close supervision as our coaches direct them through the training sessions and special attention is always paid to proper technique and safety. Each group size is limited to 12 athletes per group/coach, to ensure proper attention to technique and individual coaching.
Our Sports Performance fall, winter and spring programs offer a 2 to 3 day per week option, Monday-Friday. Our Summer program offers a 2 or 4 day per week program and runs Monday through Friday. We also offer a 2-day/1- hour in-season training program for high school athletes who are in-season and want to maintain strength and power during their season.
Training together as a team not only provides an opportunity for team bonding but also allows our staff to tailor the workouts for your sport and team. This option has become very popular as many of the teams we have trained have had very successful seasons. Our program works with you to find a time that is good for your teams and open up a special time slot for your team to train together. In addition, our medical staff is available as always to address injury evaluation needs for your team.
This hour-long program is designed for athletes who are currently in-season but want to maintain strength, improve speed and quickness and reduce the potential for injury. The program focuses on movement (speed/agility/explosive power) and maintaining strength (moderate lifting) but does not include conditioning.
Our adult and small group training offers an excellent option for individuals who wish to challenge themselves for sustained improvement in health and performance. Our nationally certified trainers and coaches direct each session with the goal of providing a challenging and results-producing workout that is enjoyable and energizing for our clients.
At Franciscan Health Sports Medicine Crown Point, our return-to-play programs set us apart from other performance training centers. We provide athletes, who may still be in physical therapy or recovering from an injury, a healthy transition back to the field of play. Our experienced sports medicine staff works closely with our sports performance coaches to integrate the rehabilitating athlete into the normal training process and back onto the field of play in a timely and safe fashion with an emphasis on maintaining fitness to reduce potential for repeat injury. Our individual hands-on approach will guide you back to the field of play with appropriate strength, speed, power and fitness conditioning training methods.
This program represents our highest level of training and is offered to college, professional and Olympic athletes in any sport. This intense and demanding training program not only involves the most effective techniques to help athletes reach the next level, it also incorporates the most up-to-date recovery methods used to keep athletes healthy avoid overtraining and performing their best.
A concussion is a brain injury resulting from a direct blow to the head or a hit to some other part of the body which causes a whiplash type motion of the neck and head.
The word concussion comes from Latin meaning "to shake violently." Imagine the brain as the yolk of an egg, nestled in its shell and protected by the egg white. When the yolk is moved quickly and violently, it smashes into the rigid shell - the same with your brain inside the skull. A concussion is not a structural injury to the brain, but rather, it is a functional injury. That's why concussions don’t show up on MRI or CT scans.
Franciscan Health Sports Medicine Crown Point's specially trained physicians, physical therapists and athletic trainers know the signs and symptoms of concussions and work closely with athletes and their families to customize treatment and return them to normal activities when it is safe to do so.
If you or your child experience any of the following SUDDENLY after sustaining a blow to the head, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room:
Signs and symptoms of a concussion can be broken down into four different areas:
The Franciscan Health Sports Medicine Crown Point concussion clinic provides a number of concussion resources including:
ImPact Baseline is a computer based test that measures attention span, working memory, sustained and selective attention time, response variability, non-verbal problem solving and reaction time. It is important for everyone to have a baseline so if a concussion does occur the healthcare provider can track recovery and better communicate post-concussion status with athletes, parents and coaches.
ImPact Testing (post injury)
The post-injury test is the same test as the baseline. It allows the healthcare professional to track concussion symptoms.
If an athlete sustains an injury and does not have access to an athletic trainer they can call (219) 662-5266 and make an appointment to see an athletic trainer for an evaluation.
Concussion Hotline (email and phone)
If you have any questions regarding your (or your child's) concussion please feel free to call us at (219) 662-5266 or email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are interested in educating your coaches, school nurses or any other personnel, we are able to come to you (or you can come to us whichever is easier for you!) and complete a short concussion in-service with the most up-to-date concussion research.
Sometimes concussions require therapy to help your brain fully recovery. Just like rehabbing an ankle sprain, your brain needs certain exercises, too! Physical therapy includes balance therapy, ocular training, cognitive training and cervical therapy.
Concussion Return to Play Progression
When you or your child is cleared to return to activity after a concussion there is a protocol that must be followed. The return to play (RTP) protocol is a five-step (five days as long as no symptoms occur) program that the athletic trainer will take the athlete through. RTP progression is important so that the athlete doesn't do too much too fast, and it eases the brain back into activity.
What should I do if I think my child has a concussion?
If you believe your child has suffered a concussion sit them out of all activity and have them seen by a health care professional. If you are not sure about the status of your child a safe guideline to go by is "when in doubt, hold them out."
Should I take my child to the emergency room?
A concussion does not demand a trip to the emergency room. A lot of the times it can lead to unnecessary costs and tests. An emergency room doctor will not be able to tell you a predicted date of return to play. An emergency room visit is warranted if your child is showing any signs listed on the red flag list.
Does my child need an MRI or CT scan?
A concussion is a functional disturbance rather than a structural injury. No abnormality is seen on standard neuro imaging.
If my child was diagnosed with a concussion, do I need to wake them every hour?
It is ok to allow your child to sleep through the night. This is an opportunity for the brain to rest.
The doctor has cleared my child to return to sports, but he doesn't seem to be acting like himself yet. Should I let them return anyway?
If you suspect your child is not fully healed, do not hesitate to keep them out of play. Communicate concerns with your child's coach, athletic trainer, athletic director and school staff.
My child didn't take a direct blow to the head. Is it still possible for him/her to have sustained a concussion?
Yes, even a blow to somewhere else on the body can lead to a concussion. Blows to the neck, chest or back can produce enough force to cause a concussion.
Frank is a leading expert with over 30 years experience in the field of strength and conditioning and athletic development. His extensive background in developing athletes at all levels helped provide the vision to offer sports medicine care alongside athletic development and performance training – all in one first-class facility.
After graduating from Crown Point High School, Kevin went to Indiana University and majored in Exercise Science. While at Indiana University he rode in the Little 500 for 3 years. He also received his Master’s Degree at Indiana University in Applied Sports Science. Kevin is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He is also certified through USA Weightlifting as a Sports Performance Coach, a Certified Functional Strength Coach and Functional Movement Screen (FMS) Certified which evaluates movement, identify asymmetries, and aids in performance and recovery.
Jenny graduated from Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana, with a major in Athletic Training and a double minor in Sport Studies and Strength and Conditioning. After working as a certified athletic trainer for a few years, Jenny pursued a Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia. While in Virginia, Jenny stayed active as an athletic trainer volunteering at the Marine Corps Marathon, Cherry Blossom 10k and the Home Court Charity basketball game and Georgetown University. Jenny has been working for our sports medicine program since September 2012 and is certified in the Hesch method of treating lumbopelvic malalignments. Jenny is also an ImPACT trainer physical therapist and is certified in trigger point dry needling.
Erin Palangio earned her Bachelor's Degree in Athletic Training from Lock Haven University (PA). She has previously worked in professional minor league hockey. Erin works closely with our sports medicine physicians and physical therapists, developing and implementing return-to-play programs for the athletes and working closely with our performance coaches to integrate the rehabilitating athlete into the normal training process.
Academic registration is now available for programs: August 22, 2016 - June 2, 2017
Franciscan Health Crown Point
12800 Mississippi Pkwy, Suite A101
Crown Point, IN 46307
Frank Eksten, Director of Athletic Development, Sports Medicine, Strength and Conditioning, talks about and demonstrates the benefits of using the Keiser Triple Trainer machine for push-pull exercises. The equipment takes a simple core exercise and makes it functional for sport. It also allows for accelerated movement and bring power into the movement.
Franciscan Health Sports Medicine Crown Point is located in the Franciscan Point medical complex, about 1/2 mile east of the intersection of I-65 and SR 231 in Crown Point, Indiana.
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