Duke Sports Medicine Fall 2020 Announcement

Duke Sports Medicine Fall Announcements for TUSA

Beginning August 10, Duke Sports Medicine will return to having a medical provider present during training at some sites each week. This will include our newest provider, Christopher Bruscato, PT, DPT, LAT, ATC, XPS. You will be seeing a lot of Chris as he joins Michael Messer, PT, DPT, SCS, XPS in working with TUSA. Duke Sports Medicine will also expand their sports performance services to all of the girls NPL teams in the fall and boys NPL teams in the spring.

 

Please read the following carefully as Duke Sports Medicine policy may vary from TUSA policy!

For both training field coverage and sports performance, Michael and Chris will be abiding by the same safety protocols related to COVID-19 that are used at Duke Health to attempt to ensure safety of TUSA members and Duke Sports Medicine staff. This will include:
 

· Every individual interacting with Duke Sports Medicine staff will be required to wear a mask. This must cover both the nose and mouth and cannot be a valved mask. The expectation will be that athletes have their own masks as Duke Sports Medicine cannot provide a mask to everyone due to supply shortages. Athletes do not have to wear a mask while participating in training or sports performance sessions. A mask will also not be required in the event of an emergent situation that requires on-field care.
 

· For field coverage nights (Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays):

o Sites will vary throughout the fall based on field availability. Schedules will be updated on the TUSA website as more information becomes available.

o There will be a designated area at each site where parents can be present with their child while Duke Sports Medicine staff are administering care. Look for cones and a Duke Sports Medicine flag.

o Duke Sports Medicine staff will wear a face mask at all times and a face shield or goggles when social distancing is not possible.

o Parent and athlete will be required to wear masks as noted above.

o Both parent and athlete will also be asked the standard pre-screening questions and temperature will be taken prior to Duke Sports Medicine staff administering care.

o Any individual with a temperature of 100.4°F or more will be asked to go home and we will be unable to provide care unless it is an emergent situation.
 

· For sports performance sessions (Mondays, Tuesdays – start date TBD):

o Sites will vary throughout the fall based on field availability. Schedules will be updated on the TUSA website as more information becomes available.

o Social distancing (minimum six feet) will be maintained at all times.

o Performance coaches will wear masks at all times and either a face shield or goggles when social distancing is not possible.

o Athletes will be pre-screened by Duke Sports Medicine staff prior to participation in each session. This will include taking of temperature and the standard pre-screening questions. A temperature of 100.4°F or greater will preclude the athlete from participation and the athlete will be asked to go home.

o Pre-screening and attendance will be logged at each session.

o Players will not touch any of the equipment; though if they do, it will be thoroughly cleaned by staff before being used again.

o Parents are not allowed onto the field during sports performance sessions. They may remain in the parking lot or outside the perimeter of the field per TUSA policy.

o Each session will be conducted with only members from the same team. Two performance coaches will be present for each session and will split the number of athletes into two groups to help ensure social distancing is maintained.
 

Thank you for your attention to these details as we hope to have the safest season possible for everyone!
 

Christopher Bruscato, PT, DPT, LAT, ATC, XPS

Christopher Bruscato, PT, DPT, LAT, ATC, XPS serves as a physical therapist, athletic trainer, and performance specialist for Duke Sports Medicine Physical Therapy. Christopher has extensive experience working with youth, collegiate, and professional soccer athletes. Professionally, he has practiced at several organizations across the country including the IMG Academy, EXOS, and Portland Timbers FC. Personally, Christopher has a special interest in assisting youth soccer athletes in improving athletic performance, injury prevention, and rehabilitation of injuries. He is excited to help develop and provide professional care to