BLISSFIELD SPORTS MEDICINE TEAM
The Blissfield Sports Medicine Advisory Team’s job is to oversee and advise the Blissfield Athletic Department on issues related to sports medicine, injury prevention and rehabilitation protocol (return to competition following injury, concussion, …). The team consist of the following individuals:
Dr. William Gray, MD
Dr. Jonathan Quinton, DPT
Dr. Emily Quinton, DPT
Cody Spotts – Athletic Trainer
Steve Babbitt – Athletic Director
Cody Spotts – Cody, a 2010 Blissfield graduate, returned to Blissfield as our trainer in August 2016 and when not serving our students he can be found at the clinic. Cody earned his ATC (athletic training certified) from Adrian College, where he earned both is Bachelor’s (2014) and his Master’s (2015). While at Blissfield, Cody lettered in football, basketball and baseball.
TRANSCEND PHYSICAL THERAPY
Like most schools, Blissfield contracts their sports medicine coverage through a 3rd party, but that is where the similarities end. Blissfield’s first “full time” athletic trainer was during the 1997-98 school year as part of a contract with the Lenawee Health Alliance. The head of the LHA Sports Medicine Team was Jamie Creps. LHA became part of ProMedica and the partnership with Blissfield continued until the end of the 2004-05 school year. In 2005, Jamie left ProMedica, opened James Creps Physical Therapy, and offered a deal Blissfield couldn’t turn down – Blissfield could continue to have a full-time trainer and in return JCPT would absorb 100% of the cost (most schools were paying between $6,000-10,000 per year) for the length of the 3 year contract. We renewed the contract twice before deciding the contract between Blissfield Schools and JCPT would be a continuously renewable deal with JCPT still picking up 100% of the expense. In comparison, schools today receiving the amount of sports medicine coverage we enjoy are paying between $10,000 – 15,000 per year.
In the summer of 2013, Jonny and Emily Quinton purchased James Creps Physical Therapy and officially renamed the clinic Transcend Physical Therapy. Jonny and Emily are committed to not only continuing to provide the great care at the clinic but are also committed to the great relationship with Blissfield Community Schools.
RETURN TO COMPETITION GUIDELINES
When the decision is made to take an athlete to see a doctor, parents and athletes MUST remember the following: Before the athlete can return to practice or games the Athletic Department MUST have a WRITTEN RELEASE from the doctor before the athlete can return to activity. Do not leave the Doctor’s Office without the paperwork.
From a liability standpoint – the Athletic Department can not take a verbal OK (“the doctor said I’m ok to play”) from an athlete or a parent. The BEST thing is to have the doctor write the following: “Patient is released to the care of school’s trainer”. This type of written release will help with speeding up the rehabilitation and prevent unneeded return visits.
The issue of concussions has been a major topic not only with our Sports Medicine team but State and Nation wide as well. The Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) has teamed up with the Michigan Neuro Sport Program from the University of Michigan to present a good on-line concussion education course. To access additional concussion information, please click on any of the titles below: