Ivy Rehab

WELCOME TO  

Ivy Rehab is excited to partner with FC United to provide both injury prevention and physical therapy needs for our athletes.  Our goal is to ensure that our athletes are receiving the optimal, individualized, and sport-specific care to return to play following injury!  

We are currently offering complimentary injury screens on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 4-8PM at Falcon Fields in the training room.  Formal physical therapy services can be provided at convenient Ivy Rehab clinics within the area.  To schedule an injury screen please contact sportsmedicine@ivyrehab.com.  

 

MEET THE STAFF

Eriks Zusevics, PT, DPT

Clinic Director, Ivy Rehab Glenview

Eriks graduated from Michigan State University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in kinesiology. He went on to earn his doctorate degree in physical therapy from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in 2013. Eriks’s passions are orthopedics and sports medicine. His continuing education includes courses in the treatment of hip injuries, shoulder injuries, and knee injuries. Because of his strong passion for sports medicine, Eriks also has a history of treating overhead athletes, hip labral repairs, and "Return to Play" ACL athletes. In his free time, Eriks enjoys playing volleyball and exercising. He is also an avid Chicago Bears, Blackhawks, Cubs, Bulls, and MSU fan.

eriks.zusevics@ivyrehab.com

sportsmedicine@ivyrehab.com

 

April Locke, ATC

Head Athletic Trainer, Ivy Rehab Glenview

April graduated from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in athletic training.  Because of her nine-plus years of experience working with high school and youth athletes, April has a vast knowledge of injury evaluation both on-field and clinically.  She has also taken multiple courses in concussion evaluation and “return-to-learn" protocols.  In her free time, April enjoys spending time with her very energetic three-year-old son, Logan, and her amazing husband, Sakou.  She also enjoys performing home exercise workouts and studying nutrition.  Prior to attending to SIUC, April joined the Army and served one tour in Iraq as a member of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

april.locke@ivyrehab.com

sportsmedicine@ivyrehab.com

CURRENT NEWS/BLOG

11/4/19: Concussion Statistics and Differences in Youth Soccer Groups

Youth concussion awareness has gained considerable interest in the past 10+ years due to an increase in youth sport participation and media presence.  According to a study by Tsushima, Siu, Ahn, Chang, and Murata in February 2019, the overall incidence of concussion was 12.1% in a sample of over 10,000 youth athletes participating in five different sports.1  Furthermore, researchers determined that females were at a one and a half times higher risk than males.1 Tsushima et.al. also stated that athletes with a previous history of a concussion were three to five times more likely to receive a second concussion versus those without a history.1

Concussions result as a direct or indirect blow to one’s head causing the mildest form of a traumatic brain injury.2,3  Rapid acceleration and deceleration of the brain causes a cascade of neurochemical changes that alters one’s mental status.2,3  Although most concussions within youth sports resolve within three to five days, a minority of cases can last for multiple weeks or months.  

A study performed by Colven, Mullen, and Lovell in 2009 described differences in groups between youth males and females having a history of one or more concussions.  141 females and 93 males ranging from eight to 24 years old recently diagnosed with a concussion were included in this study.4  ImPACT testing consisting of reaction time, memory, and visual motor-speed exams were utilized and compared.4  Significant differences were noted as females scored worse on neurocognitive testing and reported increased negative subjective symptoms versus males.4  Furthermore, females with a history of a prior concussion performed significantly worse on ImPACT testing that those who did not.4

This research supports evidence that high-school-aged females may require a longer period of time to return to baseline function, especially those with a previous history of a concussion.  Return to school functions, physical activity, and return to sport should be adjusted accordingly to accommodate these factors.  Initial treatment should consist of rest followed by a gradual return to physical and cognitive activity.    

1. William T Tsushima, Andrea M Siu, Hyeong Jun Ahn, Bolin L Chang, and Nathan M Murata.  Incidence and Risk of Concussions in Youth Athletes: Comparisons of Age, Sex, Concussion History, Sport, and Football Position.  Arch Clin Neuropsychol. 2019 Feb; 34(1): 60–69.

2. Christopher C. Gizacorresponding author and David A. Hovda.  The Neurometabolic Cascade of Concussion.  J Athl Train. 2001 Jul-Sep; 36(3): 228–235.

3. William J. Mullally.  Concussion.  The American Journal of Medicine.  2017 August; 130(8): 885-892

4. Colvin AC1, Mullen J, Lovell MR, West RV, Collins MW, Groh M.  The role of concussion history and gender in recovery from soccer-related concussion.  Am J Sports Med. 2009 Sep;37(9):1699-704