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Saturday Morning Sports Injury Clinics Set at Wheeling Hospital

August 18, 2017

WHEELING – With fall sports season just around the corner, Dr. Enoch Chang, director of Wheeling Hospital’s Sports Medicine Center, is planning this year’s Saturday Sports Clinics.

Chang has participated in providing sports medicine for the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Cleveland Indians, Notre Dame College, Baldwin Wallace University, John Carroll University and Cleveland State University. In addition, he has provided medical aid to athletes participating in the numerous national sporting events.

From 9 a.m. to noon every Saturday beginning Aug. 26, Chang will see patients at his office in Tower 1, Suite 206, of the hospital. Appointments are not necessary. The intent of the clinics is to treat acute injuries in high school and college sports, including football, soccer, cheerleading and cross country.

“We want to be there for the community and provide excellent care for athletes who may have suffered an injury late in the week that doesn’t quite warrant a visit to the ER but shouldn’t be delayed all weekend to be diagnosed and treated,” Chang said. “The majority of injuries will likely be football-related, but all athletes are welcome.”

Chang, a native of Washington, DC, earned his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. He served an internship in surgery with the Maricopa Integrated Health System in Arizona. Chang was chief resident of physical medicine and rehabilitation during his residency at the University of California, Irvine, and served a fellowship in primary care sports medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

He also has extensive training in diagnostic and interventional musculoskeletal ultrasound.

He is a member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the Association of Academic Physiatrists.

Chang’s regular office hours are 8 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. Monday, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. To make an appointment, call 304-243-8630.

In addition to the Saturday Sports Clinic, Wheeling Hospital continues to conduct concussion testing through its ImPACT program. The program monitors the status and recovery of anyone suffering a concussive-type head injury. It is the same program used by the NFL and the National Hockey League, as well as many colleges and high schools nationwide.
ImPACT software enables the Physical Therapy Department staff to help determine if an athlete is having problems as a result of the concussion. It provides physicians with data to supplement their decision-making process to ensure a safer return to sports. With the ImPACT system, the therapists can identify issues even when an athlete has no complaint or outward sign of a concussion problem.

The Physical Therapy Department also provides baseline testing, using ImPACT, for all area student-athletes. Once a baseline is established, the department can retest the student-athlete who has suffered a concussion and compare the data.

The test data, along with the clinical evaluation, helps assist in the ‘return-to-play’ decision-making process for each individual, as opposing to following a national guideline.

For more information on ImPACT or baseline testing, call 304-243-3307.

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Dr. Enoch Chang