Sports Medicine


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Aaron Cusma, LAT, ATC
Head Athletic Trainer
Select Physical Therapy
Bishop McDevitt High School

Phone: 717-236-7973 ext 2360
E-Mail: acusma@bishopmcdevitt.org

B.S. Athletic Training
King’s College – ‘12

Aaron Cusma started with Select Physical Therapy in 2015.  Aaron has been the head athletic trainer at Bishop McDevitt High School since July 2015.  His duties include providing quality athletic training service at all home athletic events and all away football games, coordinating rehabilitation for all student-athletes, and providing educational tools for injury prevention and awareness.

Aaron earned his bachelors degree in Athletic Training from King’s College in 2012.  While at King’s College, Aaron worked with multiple Division-III and high school athletic teams. Most recently, Aaron worked as the head athletic trainer at East Juniata High School in McAlisterville, PA from 2013-2015.

Aaron has been a NATA-BOC Certified Athletic Trainer since 2012 and is licensed by the state of Pennsylvania.  Some of his interests include fishing, golfing, and watching his favorite sports teams.  Aaron hails originally from Dallas, PA and currently resides in Mechanicsburg, PA.

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Doug Fickes, DPT, MTC, OCS

Physical Therapist

Select Physical Therapy
(717) 657-8240
899 SOUTH ARLINGTON AVENUE
HARRISBURG, PA 17109
(717) 657-6267 Fax

 

Douglas is a physical therapist and clinic director at Select Physical Therapy in Harrisburg. He earned a doctorate of physical therapy at St. Augustine University for Health Sciences. Douglas is a certified Manual Specialist through St. Augustine University under the Stanley Paris philosophy. He uses specific evaluation procedures and treatments emphasizing soft tissue and joint mobilizations and manipulations. Most recently, Douglas has earned recognition through St. Augustine University for the treatment of spinal instability with special emphasis on the treatment of neck related headaches. Douglas also has extensive training in sport-related injuries and personal training.

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Michael Cordas, Jr., DO, FAOASM, FAAFP

Pinnacle Health – Sports Medicine

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Dr. Cordas is board certified in Family Practice and Sports Medicine. Dr. Cordas is the Director of Sports Medicine for the PinnacleHealth Sports Medicine Center and the director of the Pinnacle Health Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Program. Dr. Cordas received his medical degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Philadelphia and his medical residency at Community General Osteopathic Hospital in Harrisburg.

Currently, Dr. Cordas is the team physician and consulting physician for many schools in the Central Pennsylvania area. He is the chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association, a member of the Pennsylvania Athletic Commission, and was a member of the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports for Pennsylvania,. He is an advisory member in the National Athletic Trainers Association and the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers Society in which he was recently inducted into its Hall of Fame.

Dr. Cordas is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine, a member and Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, a member of the American Osteopathic College of Family Practice, a charter member of the American Medical Society of Sports Medicine, and a charter member of the American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine in which he also has been awarded the degree of Fellow. He was also a member of the Medical Advisory Committee of the National Federation of High Schools Associations.

Most recently, Dr. Cordas was the senior member in sports medicine in primary care at the Center for Sports Medicine at the Pennsylvania State University and was the team physician for the Penn State football and wrestling teams. He was the director of Primary Care Sports Medicine, associate professor in the Department of Orthopaedics, and associate professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey. He has been published numerous times and has lectured nationally.

impactBishop McDevitt High School is proud to announce that starting with the 2013-2014 school year we will be using ImPACT (Immediate Post Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) to help with concussion recognition and management. This program will assist our team physicians/athletic trainer in evaluating and treating head injuries (e.g., concussion). ImPACT is a computerized exam utilized in many professional, collegiate, and high school sports programs across the country to successfully diagnose and manage concussions. If an athlete is believed to have suffered a head injury during competition, ImPACT is used to help determine the severity of head injury and when the injury has fully healed.

All athletes are required to take the computerized exam before beginning sport practice or competition. This non-invasive test is set up in “video-game” type format and takes about 15-20 minutes to complete. It is simple, and actually many athletes enjoy the challenge of taking the test. Essentially, the ImPACT test is a preseason physical of the brain. It tracks information such as memory, reaction time, speed, and concentration. It, however, is not an IQ test.

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New PA Heat Laws

Every high school football program in Pennsylvania must go through a three-day heat acclimatization process this fall before regular practice can begin. The PIAA Board of Directors, by a 22-8 vote, approved a heat acclimatization program for football only starting with the 2013 season.

Practice or competition in hot and/or humid environmental conditions poses special problems for student-athletes. Heat illness is a primary concern in these conditions. Although deaths from heat illness are rare, constant surveillance and education are necessary to prevent heat-related problems.

Acclimatization Period: The first three days of football practice commencing on the first starting day. Helmets and shoulder pads with shorts the first 2 days and full gear on third day with contact permitted on third day.

  • These practices are limited to 5 hours of practice daily. Sessions may be no longer than 3 hours in length and teams must have 2 hours of rest between sessions.
  • These days are to be three consecutive days and are not to be earlier than Wednesday, August 7th. Helmets and shoulder pads with shorts the first 2 days and full gear on third day.

If there are more than 48 hours between the conclusion of the heat acclimatization program and first day of practice, the program will not have its intended affect medically.