Being a sports medicine professional is no easy task. From diagnosing torn ligaments, treating ankle sprains and making sure no concussion goes untreated, they play a crucial role in the successes of their patients and athletes. As in other medical practices, appointments are scheduled, diagnoses are made, and treatments are prescribed. However, in sports medicine, there are other important aspects that need to be recorded, such as pre-participation exams, the clearance status of an athlete, not to mention the constant communication amongst members within the sports medicine team. Each of these tasks generates a substantial amount of useful data that needs to be documented and shared. For organizations still using paper medical charts, this can be quite a burden. That’s why the switch to an Athlete Electronic Health Record (EHR) can be a real game-changer! But what exactly is an EHR? A cloud-based EHR is a digital version of a patient’s health record that can be updated in real-time to be shared with other medical professionals. A medical professional, whether that be a physician or an athletic trainer, quickly plugs in medical information on patients, along with treatment options and medication. After they finish, the information is all stored in one centralized location and can be used by any other member of the medical team. So how does an Athlete EHR differ from the EHRs used by hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare groups? Typically EHRs capture all health information about patients, but tend to be very complex, take time to navigate, and lean towards clerical work such as scheduling appointments and billing. An Athlete EHR is designed with the fast-paced, often mobile sports medicine world in mind. It is streamlined to capture the health information relevant to sports medicine quickly and accurately and supports mobile capture on the field. Essentially, it’s tailored to the specific needs of athletic trainers, team physicians and others involved in the care of athletes. (To learn more about Athlete EHR, check out our infographic here!) So why make the switch from pen and paper? Here are 5 advantages for using a software solution designed for sports medicine: 1. Less Paperwork Physicians, athletic trainers (ATs) and other sports medicine professionals working from training rooms, clinics or on the sidelines of games, must track every aspect of their practice from injury prevention to injury recovery. With this comes an ample amount of recording and documenting, in turn generating a lot of paperwork. EHRs are completely digital, creating a paper-free zone! This eliminates any hassles of losing records, sifting through stacks of paperwork, or finding space to store all the files. As the amount of paperwork decreases, the sports medicine team has more time to work with what’s really important...their patients. 2. Increased Efficiency and Productivity EHRs are more efficient than standard paper medical records because all information is centralized, and can be accessed anywhere, anytime, and by anyone that has the necessary authorization. Users are prompted to complete required data fields, check predefined boxes, and [...]
It’s our 20th birthday and we’re celebrating! Join us on a blast from the past as we look back at the evolution of Presagia Sports and how it became the Athlete Electronic Health Management System it is today! A little background… Our parent company, Presagia was founded in 1987 by David Glickman and Peter Rorlick in Montreal, Canada. Operating under Montreal Business Software, Inc., they began with a mission to provide innovative software solutions that would make data accessible, simplify communication and streamline management processes so that organizations could improve the delivery of healthcare. This mission eventually drove the company to create its very first sports injury tracking solution. Injury Tracker In 1997, the company officially introduced Injury Tracker, a sports injury management software. The solution began as a consulting project for McGill University’s Sports Medicine Clinic, when the university’s athletic therapists requested the creation of a software that would provide them with a structured database system that could be securely shared among various users to record injuries and treatments for their athletes. The project was a resounding success, and the company introduced the new solution to the market at an annual conference for Canadian sports medicine practitioners. It was received enthusiastically, and universities, clinics, and professional sports organizations started implementing Injury Tracker to help them be more efficient and effective in their treatment of athletes. So what did Injury Tracker do? The Windows application helped athletic trainers, coaches, physical therapists, researchers, and team physicians better manage athlete health by: Efficiently organizing important athlete medical information Scheduling follow-up treatment appointments Identifying injury trends Creating useful and meaningful reports from the data InjuryZone Following the success of Injury Tracker, new technological breakthroughs began to change the software landscape. As more and more organizations began adopting internet connectivity, Injury Tracker was rebuilt as a web-based version called InjuryZone. InjuryZone was the first cloud-based commercial web application offered to sports medicine professionals, making its big debut in 2003. What made InjuryZone so unique? InjuryZone had all of the great features of Injury Tracker, but took all of the complexity out of setting it up and sharing it amongst users. Presagia hosted InjuryZone, becoming a pioneer in the world of athlete health management application by providing the first ever “Software-as-a-Service.” Customers only had to login to access the world’s premier athlete health management application, allowing healthcare teams to securely manage, share and report on their athletes’ data in real-time from anywhere in the world. InjuryZone also allowed customers to create their own screens in order to track other types of athlete information, and even adapt existing screens and functionality. In other words, it could be tailored to an individual customer’s needs. The first of many organizations to use the new customized cloud-based athlete injury tracking and Electronic Health Record (EHR) software was UK Sport, the governing body responsible for the health of British Olympians. Presagia Sports InjuryZone’s unique web-based software was a huge hit. It was consistently ranked #1 in the industry [...]
With the warmer months approaching and more outdoor activities beginning, staying hydrated is extremely important. Uniforms, equipment, length of activity, and hot temperatures all play an important role when it comes to dehydration among athletes. Did you know that football players wearing uniforms can become dehydrated after as little as 30 minutes of play? Dehydration can have serious implications and can have a significant impact on an athlete’s performance at practice or on game day. That’s why we decided to offer some droplets of information on proper hydration for athletes. Why Is It Important to Hydrate? With more and more studies proving that drinking as much water as possible is essential to our bodies, it’s even more important for athletes. But why is water so important? Water is the main component of blood and helps transport nutrients to cells as well as remove waste from the body. Water regulates body temperature. It is also necessary for digestion, absorption, circulatory and excretory functions. Finally, water helps pump blood through blood vessels to muscles, improving muscle efficiency. Bottom line, about 60% of our body is made up of water, therefore it’s crucial that we continuously replenish our bodies with it. By not properly hydrating we run the risk of becoming dehydrated, and this can have a serious impact on our well-being. What Happens When You Become Dehydrated? Contrary to popular belief, drinking fluids when a person feels thirsty is not a good indicator for staying properly hydrated. Often, once the first pangs of thirst are felt, the body is actually telling us we’re already in a water deficit. Dehydration occurs when a person loses more fluid than they’re taking in. So, what happens when an athlete becomes dehydrated? It’s important that parents, coaches, trainers, and athletes are able to recognize the signs of dehydration and know when it's time to take a break. Want to learn how to prevent heat illness? Check out our infographic here. What Are the Best Practices for Keeping Athletes Hydrated? To make sure your athletes stay properly hydrated, there are a few steps that should be taken before, during, and post exercise. By applying these best practices, you’ll ensure your athletes are performing their best. Pre-Exercise: It’s important to start off the workout well hydrated. Before your athletes exercise, have them drink 2-2.5 (big!) cups of fluid two hours prior. During: Specific recommendations for how much fluid to drink while exercising varies from one individual to another based on weight, sweat rate, and the environment. However, it’s important to balance out the fluids lost through sweating. A good guideline is to intake fluids on a consistent schedule. Start with ½-1 cup of fluid every 20 minutes. If the weather conditions are hot or the workout is intense, you can up this amount. After-exercise: Replenishing liquids after working out is extremely important. To know how much to drink post-workout, have your athletes weigh themselves right before and after working out. A good [...]
Presagia Sports and PRIVIT are proud to announce a new strategic partnership to combine their expertise in athlete health management to provide better solutions to the sports medicine world. Presagia Sports is the leader in Athlete Electronic Health Management Software and PRIVIT is the leading provider for online Pre-Participation Physical Evaluation (PPE) and Health History Registration Systems. Together, they will integrate systems to give customers a fully automated and secure process to collect and manage the full spectrum of athlete health data. A key element of an athlete’s health profile is their health history collected as part of the pre-participation evaluation process, which gives athletic trainers and other sports medicine professionals an initial picture of the athlete’s health. To date, this data has been collected in one system and then manually transcribed into Athlete Electronic Health Records (EHRs). PRIVIT and Presagia have integrated their systems to streamline the flow of this critical data. PRIVIT’s PPE system automates and simplifies the process of collecting, managing and protecting pre-participation and registration health information. Data collected through PRIVIT will then be automatically uploaded into the Presagia Sports EHR, creating comprehensive health profiles for each athlete. Now, athletic trainers and other sport medicine professionals will have an athlete’s injury and health information, as well as their clearance status, all at their fingertips. “PRIVIT and Presagia Sports share similar values of providing our clients with the means to accurately collect complete health data about their athletes,” stated Mitchell Slutsken, Director of Presagia Sports. “We’re very excited about how this partnership will enable us to deliver a more efficient and comprehensive health management solution to our clients.” Both systems are built on technology that ensures all health information is protected and organizations stay compliant. The integration between Presagia Sports and PRIVIT will help organizations with the difficulties associated with protecting personal health information (PHI). Using a powerful software like Presagia Sports centralizes PHI data in one location, and makes it only accessible by authorized personnel. This allows athletic trainers to spend less time dealing with paperwork, and more time caring for their athletes. In addition, it helps organizations use athlete health data to gain actionable insights into trends and develop strategies to improve the wellbeing of their athletes. “The combination of PRIVIT and Presagia empowers our customers to be more efficient and effective in this entire process,” said Gregory Miller, President of PRIVIT. “We believe this partnership provides sports organizations with a best in class athlete health management solution.” About Presagia Sports Presagia Sports is a secure web-based and mobile-accessible multi-sport Athlete Electronic Health Record (EHR) with a built-in concussion assessment system, that athlete health professionals can rely on to centralize and manage data, including injury assessments, medications, treatments and more. It also provides real-time reporting and communication tools to connect the medical team in support of collaborative healthcare. www.presagiasports.com About PRIVIT PRIVIT® was established in 2009, and provides a secure cloud-based patented technology for the collection, distribution, and analysis of personal health information. Compliant [...]
We’re proud to announce the launch of the new and improved Presagia Sports website! This latest version offers an enhanced user experience through a fully responsive design, encouraging easier access to information about Presagia’s Athlete Electronic Health Record (EHR) solutions. It also includes useful resources on athlete health management best-practices to help athletic trainers and other sports medicine professionals improve how they manage athlete health data. With its modern design, the new website offers a fresh look for visitors. The rich content captures Presagia Sports’ mission to simplify sport medicine professionals’ day-to-day life by centralizing and managing all of their athletes’ health data, including illnesses, injuries, concussions and treatments. The website offers further details on the features and benefits of Presagia Sports, and also includes testimonials and case studies from our happy customers around the world to explain the real-life benefits of going digital with athlete health. “The idea behind the redesign of Presagia Sports’ website was to create a cleaner, simpler and easier experience for visitors to access the information they need to understand our solutions and how they will benefit them,” states Mitchell Slutsken, Director of Presagia Sports. “We are constantly looking to innovate and push the boundaries of the sports medicine industry, and this new website reflects this goal.” The new website is now live and check it out here to let us know what you think! About Presagia Sports Presagia Sports is a secure web-based and mobile-accessible multi-sport Athlete Electronic Health Record (EHR) with a built in concussion assessment system, that athlete health professionals can rely on to centralize and manage data, including injury assessments, medications, treatments and more. It also provides real-time reporting and communication tools to connect the medical team in support of collaborative healthcare.
It’s no secret that yoga is an extremely popular form of exercise, and this has not been missed by athletes around the world. Many professional athletes, including football players have incorporated yoga and meditation into their training routine. Sport-oriented yoga can directly impact an athlete’s health and career longevity by helping with injury prevention, recovery, balance, strength, and mindfulness. In this post we explore the numerous benefits that yoga can have for an athlete’s body and mind. The Body A well-rounded yoga routine includes core stabilization, muscle strengthening, balance work, and dynamic flexibility training. All of these vital elements can help improve athletes’ range of motion, performance, recovery time, and prevent injuries. Strength: Many yoga poses require you to hold up your own body weight, which hits almost every muscle in the body. This is exceptionally beneficial for athletes who do sports such as running, cycling or swimming where the same muscles are constantly being worked over and over again. Yoga allows alternative muscles to gain strength to help with muscular imbalance. Balance: Poses that focus on balance help improve overall balance in everything you do. Improving balance will teach athletes to be stronger on their feet which will help prevent injuries due to falls and also help with body awareness, which in effect helps improve performance. Everyone knows that a solid core is the foundation to any athletic success! Flexibility: Athletes tend to use the same muscles repetitively, which causes them to become tighter and strained. The tighter the muscles become, the more stress it puts on an athlete's’ joints, which forces weaker muscles to assist in the motion, creating an imbalance. This is why stretching is a crucial aspect to a post-workout routine. A yoga class provides plenty of opportunities for all of the muscles in the body to be stretched out, and loosened up. Recovery: Yoga is also a great post-workout routine after an intense training session to help the body recover. By improving blood circulation and the lymphatic flow, yoga allows the muscles to process metabolic byproducts faster, which speeds healing and re-growth time immensely after workouts. Injury Prevention: By helping to enhance all of the components above, yoga can dramatically reduce the risk of injury. It helps restore symmetry and balance within the body, ensuring every muscle is strengthened and stretched out. Reducing injury will obviously have great benefits to an athlete’s performance and increase the longevity of their playing time/career. The Mind Yoga has clear positive impacts on the body, but it also has tremendous benefits to the mind. Meditation is a core element of yoga, which can help relax athletes, increase their focus and put them in ‘the zone.’ Athletes who have integrated yoga into their training have reported an increased sense of clarity, calmness and mental balance. Yoga promotes relaxation with breathing techniques that reduce mental and physical tension. Recent studies by Coventry University and Staffordshire University have shown that increased levels of stress and anxiety brought on by competitive [...]
Since the 2015 release of the eye-opening movie Concussion, starring Will Smith, concussions have become a hot topic in the sports medicine and athletic training world, especially in the United States. More and more evidence has been presented to show the long term effects of concussions, including the reports on retired NFL players beginning to develop dementia, Alzheimer’s, depression and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Concussions are classified as a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by an impact to the head. It’s estimated that there are between 1.7 and 3 million sports related concussion each year, and 300,000 of those are from playing football. 50% of concussions go unreported or undetected, which is concerning as TBI’s have the potential to cause long-term brain damage if left untreated. This lack of detection is inherently due to the subjective methods of reporting and evaluating head injuries. Scientists are developing a better understanding of concussions, allowing them to figure out new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat these head injuries. Oftentimes, these solutions are incredibly innovative pieces of technology. So what are some of the latest innovations in concussion prevention and diagnosis? We’ve combed the web and found 6 product categories that are undergoing a serious upgrade to reduce and prevent concussions. While we don’t officially endorse any, and recommend you always do your research, we want to share what we’ve found the most interesting! 1. Mouthguards Sports technology companies are now developing sensor-equipped mouthguards that can measure different aspects of impacts to the head. Your teeth are the hardest part of the body, which makes sensor-mouthguards a reliable way to measure the force of impact, the direction the blow came from, and the way the skull moved. These mouthguards are often associated with an app that sends a notification to the coach or trainer once a player has experienced a substantial blow that goes over the preset safety threshold. This allows the training team to take the necessary steps for concussion treatment as they have a complete overview of the cause and root of the issue. The data gathered by these mouthguards can prove to be very beneficial for athletic trainers to help them discover possible concussions that would otherwise be missed and to ensure athletes get the proper treatment. 2. Football Helmets and Caps Regular football helmets were designed to protect the head from skull fractures, and while they do a good job at that, they aren’t built to prevent concussions; until now! Some forward-thinking companies have designed helmet technology that can better absorb the shock of an impact and reduce the blow before it reaches the head. How are they able to do this? One way is with a soft-shell cover that is placed on top of a regular helmet, which according to one company can take off about 33% of the force of a hit. This substantial difference can prove to be the difference between athletes sustaining a concussion or simply a strong hit. As [...]
It’s no secret that concussions continue to be a hot topic across the globe, especially in North America. Whether you’ve suffered a concussion or know someone that had the misfortune of coping with its side effects, you are probably familiar with the traditional treatment prescription: rest, avoid electronic devices, limit physical activity, etc. But are there alternative tips for concussion recovery that you might want to explore? With Concussion Awareness Month in full swing, we’ve searched the web and curated some of our favorite alternative concussion recovery tips: 1. Mother (nature) knows best Believe it or not, there are many natural remedies for concussion recovery that you can find at your local grocery store. Holistic experts cite many ingredients which they deem helpful for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) recovery: Load up on antioxidant-rich foods: Think green tea, blueberries and leafy green veggies. Bonus - those leafy greens are also packed full of folic acid and calcium, two more nutrients that help out with TBI recovery. Give trendy turmeric a try: Turmeric is the hottest superfood, with multiple health benefits. More generally, it’s known to reduce swelling and provide pain relief, which is just what your brain needs during concussion recovery. Fish for those omegas: Omega 3 fatty acids have long been proven to be good for brain function. You can find these in fish oil and in fish like sardines, mackerel and tuna. 2. Keep your hands busy One of the biggest challenges people cite while recovering from TBI is that they feel frustrated and bored, because they’re often told not to watch too much TV or use other electronic devices, and reading a book all day could prove too tiring. Those who have recovered from concussions often refer to alternative activities that helped them stay busy, such as knitting and cooking. These creative outlets require logical thinking and troubleshooting, putting the brain to good use without overly straining it. Of course, take it slow. And above all - don’t get frustrated! 3. Train your brain Although recovering from a concussion can be tiring and frustrating, it’s important to gently workout your brain as you would your body. In fact, it’s pretty well known that by regularly engaging in mental challenges, you will hold off mental decline. Puzzles, like color-based Sudokus stimulate memory building, without the numerical strain. You could also try Tetris if the screen isn’t too disruptive. Tetris players have been found to have thicker cerebral cortexes, so this is definitely a good brain tool! Finally, try your hand and pull out a simple card game like Go Fish or Old Maid. These are good for memory and numerical comprehension. 4. Make self-care a priority Overall, what’s going to make you heal is taking good care of yourself. It’s important while recovering from a concussion that you get plenty of rest, hydrate, and eat a nutritionally rich diet. But you probably already know this. However, change it up a bit. Make your self-care your central focus. [...]
In order to continue building on our strong commitment to our clients’ satisfaction, Presagia Sports is happy to announce the launch of a fully integrated Service Desk, available to each system administrator. The main goal of the new implemented support center is to centralize all related issues and questions for more efficient and timely resolutions. The beauty of the new system is its user-friendliness and its speed. All users need to do is sign-up to Service Desk, enter a little bit of information about themselves and the issue they are faced with, and send in the request. It’s that simple! From there, our dedicated implementation team can easily assist users by figuring out the technical issues of each ticket or by sending appropriate resources to walk users through the solution. “The idea behind the Integrated Service Desk is to ensure that we are constantly staying on top of all support tickets that come our way,” says Mitchell Slutsken, Director, Presagia Sports. “We want to push our clients to fully utilize the Service Desk and use it as a primary point of contact between them and our team. Therefore, we will look to solve those requests first, depending on severity, as multiple implementation specialists can work on an issue in unison.” Requests will be reviewed during regular business hours, 9 a.m. to 5.p.m. EST. IMPORTANT: In order to sign-up to Service Desk, click HERE to fill out a form to request your access to Service Desk! To subscribe to our blog, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Every year at NATA Clinical Symposium and AT Expo, we are blown away by the dedication, skill, and passion athletic trainers show for their work. We are lucky and grateful to be working with so many impressive people. This year we got the chance to record some of the interesting conversations we had. We wanted to share some first hand stories of how Presagia's cloud-based, mobile accessible athlete EHR system is helping sports organizations provide top notch, efficient athlete healthcare.